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Boot reccomendations for a novice to intermediate skier.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I have been skiing for 20 years but I only go 3-4 days a year on east coast groomed snow/ice.  I ski mostly blue and a few single blacks and I'm ready to get a good set of boots but I don't want to spend too much money as they won't get a ton of use.  I'm 175-180 pounds and 5' 11" tall. I went to a shop and got fitted but I didn't really feel like they cared about selling me boots or spending a lot of time with me.  The one pair I tried felt great on my foot and I was trying find some recommendations that would be similar.


I'm a 28.5 and I tried on a pair of Dalbello Viper 90's.  I was also suggested a pair of Atomic Hawx 90 but they didn't have any in my size for me to try.


Can anyone suggest some other models/brands that might fit well.  I'm not set on a flex 90 as I don't know if that is really what I need.

 

Any recommendations are appreciated!  Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 11

the reason no one has replied is that you haven't given nearly enough information to possibly get started.  Every manufacturer makes boots that might work for you, but without any information on foot size, foot shape, pronated, supinated, bunions on and on it is impossible to help.

 

How do you know you are a 28.5?  Are you an 11 1/2 mens?  If not you aren't a 28 most likely and 5'11" doesn't usually equate to a foot that long.

 

Best resource here is the wikis at the top which explain fitting.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

the reason no one has replied is that you haven't given nearly enough information to possibly get started.  Every manufacturer makes boots that might work for you, but without any information on foot size, foot shape, pronated, supinated, bunions on and on it is impossible to help.

 

How do you know you are a 28.5?  Are you an 11 1/2 mens?  If not you aren't a 28 most likely and 5'11" doesn't usually equate to a foot that long.

 

Best resource here is the wikis at the top which explain fitting.

 

Lou


I know I am a 28.5 because I went to a ski shop and got fitted.  Yes I wear an 11 1/2 to 12 in mens shoes.  When I was fitted I was also told I have a pronated foot.  No bunions.  The fitter also gave me a set of smartfeet green size E insoles along with the Dalbello's I tried on and they fit pretty good but after his nonchalant attitude about the fitting I didn't really know if I wanted to purchase from him.  Based on the Atomic Hawk and Dalbello Viper recommendations from the fitter I would assume I have a fairly medium to narrow width foot.  What other information do you need from me?

post #4 of 11

No more, pictures help.  But it is really impossible for us to help much with this problem. Best thing is to go to another shop where hopefully they have a better attitude and get started.

 

Lou

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Okay I figured there were some other brand/models that are similar to the two that I mentioned.  The problem with going to another shop is that there aren't any near me.  I had to travel an hour to the one I went to.  There isn't any real competition which is why I feel like I got treated as I did.  It looks like I'm on my own to figure this one out.  Thanks for your replies.

post #6 of 11

where abouts are you, we may be able to suggest someone worth seeing who is not too far away... most of the fitters on here have clients travel several hours to see them

 

there are just a few things not adding up, the size, the medium to narrow foot (the hawx is a 100mm last so on the medium going towards wide side IMO, but all folks are different)

 

everyone deserves a good set of boots in the right size/shape for their feet, you just need to find the fitter to work with..... maybe they have not ramped up for the season quite yet, brains not in gear and attitude to match.... we have been fitting all summer long and rammed full since late august, but the UK season (for fitting) starts pretty early

 

good luck getting sorted

post #7 of 11

If you look at the top of this section our locations are listed and as Colin mentioned we know where other fitters are.

 

Ski shops are not on every street corner and good fitting shops are not in every town.  You may have to travel.  I'm in Calgary and have customers from around the country and into the U.S.  The other guys here will be the same.  It is time for a road trip I'd say.

 

Lou

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the help guys.  I'm starting to think with the closest fitter being a 10 hour round trip and the cost of boots plus custom insoles plus cost of fitting I don't really have $7-800 to spend on boots right now.  I guess I'll just continue to use what I have for the few days during the season that I get out.  I really appreciate all the advice and sorry to waste your time.

post #9 of 11

not wasting our time, just very difficult to recommend much more over the net, a fitter needs your feet to give you the very best

 

might be worth thinking about where you go on vacation and working it into a resort where there is a good fitter, two birds one stone 

post #10 of 11
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I just wanted to update you all.  I found a family owned shop about an hour from my house and the guy was much more helpful and seemed to know what was going on.  He didn't try to push all kinds of expensive stuff.  Found out I'm actually a 27.5 with a narrow to medium foot.  He got me into a pair of Nordica Double Six boots for a great price and they feel so much better already.  I can't wait to get them on the slopes and see how they really feel.  Thanks all.

post #11 of 11

Great.  Have great season.

 

Lou

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