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All-Mountain vs Freeride Boots for a Beginner Telemarker?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

 

I asked this question earlier on the new TelemarkTalk.com, I hope you don't mind my asking for advice as well.

 

I'm a beginner telemarker with a tele setup all ready, except for boots. I got a pair of used Garmont Ener-G's for an excellent price, but after trying them on for a while, found they were just barely too small. I'm debating now over whether I should get the next size up of the Ener-G, or the all-mountain Syner-G instead.

I ski almost exclusively on-piste at lift-served resorts, and understand that Freeride boots are better suited for that kind of skiing.  On the other hand, I have also heard that all-mountain boots can be better for newbies who are still learning to flex the tele turn. Any advice would be much appreciated, I'm hoping to hit the slopes in a couple of weeks!

Many thanks,
Fixx

post #2 of 7
Why not take your boots to a shop with a boot fitter and have then do a toe punch? Could just be that relaxing or making more space in the front of the liner will solve your issue. Powerful shoes are always your friend for inbounds free heeling. smile.gif
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion MarkoJP.  The problem for me though is more one of general tightness.  I tried wearing the boots for a little while at home, and found that my feet began to fall asleep.  I figured that I would have to buy the next size up for that kind of problem, but could a boot fitter potentially resolve it?

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Yes. A trip to the bootfitter would help.
post #5 of 7

I really liked my Ener-Gs, In fact I wore them for a couple of hours today poking around in my woods at home now that they are a bit too broken down for resort skiing.  2 things you can try. Take out the foot bed. In Garmont boots of that vintage it's good for about a half size up. The other is that these boots come with a thermo form liner. You should be able to find baking directions on Tele tips, or even here, And that may solve your fit problems all by itself.

post #6 of 7
Indeed, if you haven't cooked your liner, this will most certainly resolve the 'little bit too tight' feeling.
post #7 of 7
Agree on the fit suggestions. As for which type of boot, if you ski a performance alpine boot, the ener-g or something similar would be fine.
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