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post #31 of 39

You will be hard put to find bootfitters anywhere any better than Brian Eardley and Brian Beaumont at the Ski Center . They are absolutely top notch with years of experience and numerous boot fitting certifications . 

post #32 of 39

Why on earth would that number be so prominent in the "boot FIT guide". Thanks for that bit of knowledge!


I want a pair of full tilt drop kicks or classics. They run a bit narrow and my feet are on the border of being 'wide' 28cm long and 107mm wide, so I'm sure the shell will need to be widened.

post #33 of 39
Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post

Is the 'mondo size' a general population comfort fit? Because to me it seems like an awful way for anyone to size boots.


Mondo sizing is simply in centimeters rather than UK/US/Euro sizing... It's an attempt at some standardization... Kind of like skis. Most of us don't know how tall we are in metric measures, but we sure know our ski size. And everyone knows that all 180cm skis are exactly the same length. wink.gif
post #34 of 39
Thread Starter 

My LSS has Salomon SPK 90 (2011/2012) on sale.  Is it worth it for me to go in (like I need an excuse to go to a ski store, right?) and try them on?  Would these be a step up from my current boots (Tecnica Diablo Sparks, circa 2006/2007)?



post #35 of 39

To cut and paste myself from page 1..


" There's no real shortcut. Find a fitter/shop with a great boot fitting reputation and let them do their magic. They'll ask a bunch of questions about you, your skiing, etc... and evaluate your feet, etc...  Do not buy online unless you've already budgeted for the cost of the local shop doing a bunch of work on your internet boots.. It's about $60-80 an hour with the distinct possibility that you'll be buying new boots in the process of throwing a bunch of good money after bad. If you buy a boot from your local very reputable shop with a great fitter, they'll most likely provide mods, service, etc... for the price of the boot. 


 The 'brand' or 'model' you like may not be at all for your foot. They'll find one and you'll be happier for it. You just can't repeat this enough, but the best brand of boot out there is the one that best fits your foot."



Assuming it fit like a glove, why the SPK? Any particular reason? 

post #36 of 39

To the OP:  Do yourself a favor.  Find the best boot fitter in your area and get professionally fitted.  I have been skiing for 40 years.  My current pair of boots, which I bought 3 years ago is the first pair that I had professionally fitted.  What a difference it makes!  No foot fatigue; no pain; no numbness; no cold feet; no need to loosen up the buckeles in the lift! Just perfect control and feel for the snow.  A good bood fitting and a set of custom footbeds will do more to improve your skiing than a year's worth of lessons will.  

post #37 of 39
Thread Starter 

OK, [sigh...], I was trying to go for the quick/cheap fix....

post #38 of 39
Originally Posted by Jimski View Post

OK, [sigh...], I was trying to go for the quick/cheap fix....

Well by all means then. Don't let all this very good and perfectly free advice get in your way! smile.gif
post #39 of 39

Whatever the advertisements say about a boot doesn't matter much.  The boots have all kinds of technical performance things built into them and that's good.  That's what the manufacturers tell you about because that's all they can tell you.  But the ugly truth is none of that matters if the boot doesn't fit your foot's shape properly.  Boots are hard, and all their surfaces need to contact your individual foot's shape appropriately.  You can't just lace them up tight for a good fit.  And it's not just about length, but width, and height, and forward lean, and ramp angle, and other things too.  


Fit comes first; you have to get a good fit both for comfort and for performance.  An excellent bootfitter will figure out your performance needs as you talk together and try on boots.  This takes time (hours).  That good fit more often than not involves some custom work on the boot after you choose it, since fit is so important.  None of this is anything the boot manufacturers can use to sell you the boot.  So the qualities mentioned in adverts are sort of pointless, as is general knowledge of what boots are "better" than others and when a price is a bargain for a particular boot. 


If you haven't spent years figuring out what your boot fit needs are by working your way through numerous boots, you need a bootfitter.  And everyone who visits a bootfitter needs an EXCELLENT bootfitter.  


It's the quality of the bootfitter that matters, not the quality of the boot.

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