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Getting back into skiing after 20 years of boarding- need good boot advice please- Western NY

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As I make the move back to skiing the first thing I want to buy is a properly fitted pair of boots.  May just end up renting skis until I determine what I like best.

 

From searching this board/net I have not been able to find a highly reputable boot fitter in the Rochester, NY area.  I will be in Breckenridge area in about 3 weeks.    

 

Anyone have any personal positive experience with any boot fitter in Upstate NY- Rochester, Buffalo, Ellicottville would be ideal.   If not how about between Breckenridge and Vail?

 

Unfortunately I do have have the budget to drop $500+ on a pair of boots.  Really hoping to find something that is properly fit for the $300-$400 range.   Is this possible?   I will only be going up to single black level on skis- 40 years old and will still board when getting after it a bit more.  

 

Thanks,

Mike

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mud, sweat, and gears, ellicottville.

 

the boot is the engine that drives the train. save your scheckels or go into debt, but under no circumstances do you want to short cut the fit process and quality boot process stressing over a few hundred bucks. give up starbucks white chocolate mochas for a year if you have to!

 

there is always the possibility that you can find the right match off-price, however if you have read carefully on this forum, all of the good advice points to finding the right fitter in the right shop, and making the boot purchase an investment for your happy skiing in the future.

 

jim

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Went to a local place in town tonight (Snow ski and board) and tried on several boots.  The took the time to ensure the right size and had me try on the following boots below.   They recommend that whatever boot I buy I use an add on footbed liner.   They also said they will do the heat molding and some other stuff to ensure it fits right.   I don't think this ski place is one of the expert fitters recommended, but I do like that they are local to me, the person at the store (Greta) was very patient and helpful, and they will do most minor boot adjustments for 2 years at no charge.   Heavy modding would be a charge though.   Nice to have this service local vs a shop that is an hour + away.

 

Salomon Impact 100 was first.  Felt good at first but after 5 minutes began to hurt on sides of feet. No good. 

 

Dalbello Viper 90.   Very comfortable boot.  Very impressed.  Only $229!!!   

 

Atomic hawx 100.   Extremely comfortable and light.   These were the best ski boots I have ever tried on.  I could not believe how light they felt.  Wore them for about 20 minutes and they felt great.  Downside- they are $449.  

 

Is the anything specific I should make sue this fitter is doing to help me ensure I am in the right boot?   I need to determine if the Hawx are worth almost 2x the price of the vipers.

 

If I do screw up the purchase the store will give me a 50% credit if I trade in within 2 years so that is nice to know. 

 

Thanks again for the help and guidance.  This is a big purchase for me 

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