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Bunions, walnut sized, I need a great boot fitter East

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I am always fight my boots for pain in the bunion area. Every year it is the same. Several trips to the boot fitters. I am going to try a Fisher for the vacuum mold. Where are the best boot fitters out East?

post #2 of 22

Two of the best are:

 

Nick Blaylock at Mount Snow Bootworks.

 

Bill Haight at Green Mountain Orthotic Lab - Stratton.

post #3 of 22
You need a surgeon with bunions that large.
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I am always fight my boots for pain in the bunion area. Every year it is the same. Several trips to the boot fitters. I am going to try a Fisher for the vacuum mold. Where are the best boot fitters out East?

 

I like GMOL at Stratton.  Bill does some amazing work.  I have a small bunion and they took care of that with a single punch.  My boots are two sizes smaller than my shoe size and outside of heat molding the liner and shimming one boot, nothing else had to be done.  Easy peasy but there was a lot of "Try this one.  How is it compared to this one?" that took place to get a boot that matched my needs and feet so well right out of the box.

 

Another way to address this issue, could be, what Salomon is doing.  Instead of vacuuming the boot shell down to your foot, they heat it up and your foot presses it out and then they cool it rapidly.  These are the boots I have, but I didn't need to do the heat molding of the shell. I think they did the punch as it is less riskier than heating the shell.  Not sure on that.

post #5 of 22

Brian Eardley and Brian Beaumont are absolutely great . They are at The Ski Center in DC .

post #6 of 22
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I know both Briana you are correct. One of the best ski shops east. I am in Ohio about 9 hours away. Vermont is 17 but I could turn it into a ski trip and ski to make sure my problems are resolved. Does anyone know if they do Fisher ?
I have not skied either mountain
post #7 of 22
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I have the Salomons. Still need a lot of work but great boots
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

I know both Briana you are correct. One of the best ski shops east. I am in Ohio about 9 hours away. Vermont is 17 but I could turn it into a ski trip and ski to make sure my problems are resolved. Does anyone know if they do Fisher ?
I have not skied either mountain

 

Here's the GMOL link.

http://www.gmolfoot.com/index.html

 

I don't know if they carry them or are going to but if you read the reviews and comments about the Fischer Vacuum boot, it is still a boot with a certain shape and vacuum or not, isn't the boot for everyone. 

post #9 of 22

Having used GMOL and RSS, I heartily recommend RSS over GMOL.  PJ doesn't sell Fisher's though (or at least he didn't the last time I set foot in his shop):

 

http://www.racestocksports.com/

post #10 of 22

PJ Dewey, racestocksports.com, best boot fitter you will ever meet. He has done my last two pairs of dobermans and I'm going to him for a new pair of boots this fall. I have wide feet, bone spurs, need canting in one foot, high arches etc. And the boots fit like a glove. I will likely never go anywhere else in my life due to lack of trust. Best part is that he asks you only "what color boot do you want" and takes care of the rest. 

post #11 of 22

The Startingate ski shop off Stratton handles Fischer.

 

http://www.startingate.net/

 

Ask for Gary.

 

IMHO, much better than GMOL.     

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I am always fight my boots for pain in the bunion area. Every year it is the same. Several trips to the boot fitters. I am going to try a Fisher for the vacuum mold. Where are the best boot fitters out East?

 

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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

I know both Briana you are correct. One of the best ski shops east. I am in Ohio about 9 hours away. Vermont is 17 but I could turn it into a ski trip and ski to make sure my problems are resolved. Does anyone know if they do Fisher ?
I have not skied either mountain

 

Here's the GMOL link.

http://www.gmolfoot.com/index.html

 

I don't know if they carry them or are going to but if you read the reviews and comments about the Fischer Vacuum boot, it is still a boot with a certain shape and vacuum or not, isn't the boot for everyone. 

Great Point!

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PJ Dewey, racestocksports.com, best boot fitter you will ever meet. He has done my last two pairs of dobermans and I'm going to him for a new pair of boots this fall. I have wide feet, bone spurs, need canting in one foot, high arches etc. And the boots fit like a glove. I will likely never go anywhere else in my life due to lack of trust. Best part is that he asks you only "what color boot do you want" and takes care of the rest. 

What is a Doberman?

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Originally Posted by The Penguin View Post

PJ Dewey, racestocksports.com, best boot fitter you will ever meet. He has done my last two pairs of dobermans and I'm going to him for a new pair of boots this fall. I have wide feet, bone spurs, need canting in one foot, high arches etc. And the boots fit like a glove. I will likely never go anywhere else in my life due to lack of trust. Best part is that he asks you only "what color boot do you want" and takes care of the rest. 

Thank you, in addition to my large bunions, I broke my right leg dirt biking a few years ago. I have a lift on my right boot because my right leg is now shorter after surgery, canted in both feet and aligned. My right binding is abducted (turned to the right about 15 degrees) to compensate for my twisted leg. Best they could do when they put me back together. No problem with skiing or tennis with the right setup. 

post #15 of 22
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To Late at 65

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What is a Doberman?

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What is a Doberman?

 

The smart ass answer is below, but a Doberman is Nordica's line of race boots.

 

http://shop.nordicausa.com/Product/1001%2012%20DOBWC%20EDT%20130/dobermann-dobermann-wc-edt-130

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You need a surgeon with bunions that large.

 

Totally agree.

 

OP, if your post 'too late at 65' was referring to Kneale's post you may consider getting another opinion.  Bunion surgery is quite simple, as surgerys go.

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

You need a surgeon with bunions that large.

 

Totally agree.

 

OP, if your post 'too late at 65' was referring to Kneale's post you may consider getting another opinion.  Bunion surgery is quite simple, as surgerys go.


Are you serious! Bunion surgery is just like back surgery. Screwed up a lot. There is nothing simple to it and it is a crap shoot to have it done correctly.

post #20 of 22

If you can make it to the East side of New Hampshire, Stan and Dan Sports in North Conway is the place to go. And I am pretty sure that the have the Fischer Vacuum boots.

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If you can make it to the East side of New Hampshire, Stan and Dan Sports in North Conway is the place to go. And I am pretty sure that the have the Fischer Vacuum boots.

Fischer's website has a list of dealers who carry the Vacuums.  Stan and Dan's is on the list.  You'll find very competent bootfitters there.  They deal with a lot of local racers.

You can check for other dealers here (unfortunately I can't get the site to list the dealers by state, only alphabetically by name for some reason....):

 

http://dealerlocator.fischersports.com/start.php?vacuum_fit=1

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If you can make it to the East side of New Hampshire, Stan and Dan Sports in North Conway is the place to go. And I am pretty sure that the have the Fischer Vacuum boots.

Fischer's website has a list of dealers who carry the Vacuums.  Stan and Dan's is on the list.  You'll find very competent bootfitters there.  They deal with a lot of local racers.

 

 

Including me. smile.gif  Although it might honestly be more accurate to say "I race" than "I'm a racer." Anyway, they've done well by me and the boots I got from them last winter, with some fairly extensive follow-up adjustments.

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