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Best to buy/fit boots for 2013-14 season, in summer in South, or in Winter out West?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Wife and I live in Charlotte, NC, but moving to Summit County Colorado for next ski season. We will be living in Breck for first part of season. My preference is to buy 2013 boots at a discount, not 2014 boots at MSRP smile.gif.

 

The nearest Boot Guy to Charlotte is about 3 hours drive, whereas there's a Boot Guy right in Breckenridge.

 

My question is, is it...

Better to drive a couple of hours each way this summer to Columbia SC, and see what they have in stock, and wait (or drive back again) during/after the boot fitting

or

Wait until we get to Breck, and buy what the Boot Guy there has in stock, and have them fit it.

or

Go to the local ski shops, spend a couple of afternoons trying various brands and sizes, find the best fitting off-the-shelf boot, then bring it to the Boot Guy in Breck for fine tuning.

 

Related to that - how long does it take (usually, average, ball-park) for a Boot Guy to do their magic? and are they often back-logged on work during the  first month of a Season? I'd hate to wait until we got to CO, only to find the Boot Guys have a four-week backlog until they can work on our boots.

 

thanks in advance for any insights.!

 

P.S. - we are both good skiers (mostly blacks), in our mid fifties, skiing for decades. Know how to get a close fit on boots - just want to get some expert advice on my issue

post #2 of 9

Get them out there.

post #3 of 9

Wait and buy them out west.

If you bring a pair of new but unusable boots to a bootfitter, he'll charge you his full hourly rate, and his answer to every complaint will be "you bought the wrong boots."  He may try to sell you a new pair.  If you buy from the bootfitter, he has a responsibility to make them work for you.  I have a friend who bought shoes from Greg Hoffman (in Vermont then), used them for a week, and brought them back for a replacement pair because they didn't fit.  You won't get that from a North Carolina year end discount sale.

The rule I follow is that I never buy anything that requires professional adjustment from any seller who can't provide that service.  That applies especially to internet purchases.

 

BK

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by whertzing56 View Post

Wait until we get to Breck, and buy what the Boot Guy there has in stock, and have them fit it.

 

Do that.  Plan on a couple hours at least for the two of you, and plan on dropping cash for boots at retail and insoles.    Do it there so you can get free adjustments throughout the season.  It's worth the investment.  Best money you'll ever spend on skiing.

 

What I've done to spread the investment in boot fitting over more years is pick up the exact same boot dirt cheap or slightly used for when the orig pair wears out.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Bode Klammer View Post

Wait and buy them out west.

If you bring a pair of new but unusable boots to a bootfitter, he'll charge you his full hourly rate, and his answer to every complaint will be "you bought the wrong boots."  He may try to sell you a new pair.  If you buy from the bootfitter, he has a responsibility to make them work for you.  I have a friend who bought shoes from Greg Hoffman (in Vermont then), used them for a week, and brought them back for a replacement pair because they didn't fit.  You won't get that from a North Carolina year end discount sale.

The rule I follow is that I never buy anything that requires professional adjustment from any seller who can't provide that service.  That applies especially to internet purchases.

 

BK

What he said ^^^^^

 

The best news is that the OP has options in Summit and Eagle Counties that will give a good fit and stand behind their work. 

Greg Hoffman at Vail

Bob Engle in Boulder

Jeff Bergeron at Breck

 

Check out the America's Best Bootfitters and get the best there is to put you in the right boot. 

post #6 of 9

Jeff Bergeron is worth every penny and is right in Breck.  

post #7 of 9

I'll put in my "plug" for Greg Hoffman.  When he was still in Vermont, he put me in boots that I swore I could never have on my feet for 5 minutes.  7 years later...still have them and bought an identical pair in case the originals wear out.

post #8 of 9

Get your boots where you are gonna ski

 

Yeah its gonna cost more, but any adjustments can be done there, and if you need alignment well ...

 

As for the fitting, making  an appointment in advance that will fix that time issue.

 

Nothing is worse than an ill fitting boot with snow on the ground

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all who replied. Consensus is to "buy where you ski". We'll do that, and I'll be making reservations in advance with the bootfitter. (Jeff - we are starting our season in Breck - you can expect a call from me sometime next week <grin>) 

 

- The OP

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