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Need a recommendation for a LS in Chicago - "boot guy" shops are closed :(

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I'm a bit stuck here.  I was on the market for new boots last season (got lots of great advice here), but couldn't find what I was looking for and didn't pull the trigger. There aren't a lot of options in Chicago and the few shops around don't have great selections and are geared more towards beginner/intermediate skiers.  

 

With the shops mentioned in my thread title now closed, I'm pretty much down to just Viking.  I understand that buying boots online is a poor idea, but it seems like buying boots from a limited selection, taking them to Colorado, skiing them, and then having issues isn't ideal either.  I suppose I could buy when I'm out west, but I have limited time and don't want to spend it sitting in a shop instead of on the mountain.

 

Any suggestions?  I'm an advanced skier - 50% front side blacks/50% back bowls.  Nothing odd about my feet except for a bump on the top of one foot that necessitated a shell stretch and some grinding on my Tecnica Icon X.  Snowcrest suggested a 100 - so I guess a medium volume boot with either a 120 or 130 flex (I'm 5' 11" 190).  

 

Would buying from REI be akin to buying online?  

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JDoyal
Jon Doyal
Snowcrest Ski and Snowboard Center
13352 S. Cicero Ave.
Crestwood IL 60445
708-389-4963

 

He's one of the boot guy's on here,--- should be near by.

 

mike

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JDoyal
Jon Doyal
Snowcrest Ski and Snowboard Center
13352 S. Cicero Ave.
Crestwood IL 60445
708-389-4963

 

He's one of the boot guy's on here,--- should be near by.

 

mike

 

Hi Mike - I think Snowcrest is closed as is Vertical Drop.  That leaves just Viking.  Nothing wrong with Viking but I liked the idea of going to someone connected to Epic.

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  I suppose I could buy when I'm out west, but I have limited time and don't want to spend it sitting in a shop instead of on the mountain.

You're doing it wrong. You are willing to spend time in and out of demo centers to try skis, Need a 98mm ski, but not willing to invest in time in getting the right boot with a proper fit? While the ski is the sexy thing to buy, the boot is still the utmost priority, there are some great fitters in Vail and since you cannot get them done in Chicago, see Greg Hoffmans crew at SBF in Lions Head, it is will be money and time well spent/invested. Get the boots dialed before starting to demo skis, you will get more out of your experience with a better boot and a lesser ski than a better ski and an ill fitting or wrong boot. 

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You're doing it wrong. You are willing to spend time in and out of demo centers to try skis, Need a 98mm ski, but not willing to invest in time in getting the right boot with a proper fit? While the ski is the sexy thing to buy, the boot is still the utmost priority, there are some great fitters in Vail and since you cannot get them done in Chicago, see Greg Hoffmans crew at SBF in Lions Head, it is will be money and time well spent/invested. Get the boots dialed before starting to demo skis, you will get more out of your experience with a better boot and a lesser ski than a better ski and an ill fitting or wrong boot. 

 

Makes perfectly good sense.  Any idea how much time I should expect a proper fitting to take?  I know that's hard considering all of the variables, but trying to plan accordingly.  I know that my last boots - purchased at Viking in Chicago - it took several hours and a return trip for further modifications.  

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Makes perfectly good sense.  Any idea how much time I should expect a proper fitting to take?  I know that's hard considering all of the variables, but trying to plan accordingly.  I know that my last boots - purchased at Viking in Chicago - it took several hours and a return trip for further modifications.  


I would plan 2-3 hours. Schedule appointment now to get the earliest time you can get the better.

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