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post #1 of 8
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What are the best ski boots for an Advanced to Expert skier, weighing 75Kg, skiing mainly 50:50 on/off piste. I'm mainly interested in All-mountain skiing but enjoy more big mountain style stuff, including big airs and cliff drops. I'd probably hike one run at least a day, obviously based on conditions. But yeah, any recommendations on the best boot for me - $$$ is not an issue, just looking for top quality in terms of fit, practicality, features and lastly, and not importantly, looks.

Cheers

post #2 of 8
The short answer is "the ones that fit". You should never buy boots based on some guy/girl on the internet recommending them.

Find a reputable boot fitter and have them fit you.

Good luck,
Mike
post #3 of 8
There is a whole process to buying boots. You have come to the right place. Hopefully someone from near you can recommend a great boot fitter.

Plan to spent at least 2 hours with the boot fitter.

He/she should inspect your feet, feel the bones in your feet, watch you walk, look at the bottoms of the shoes you wear everyday, check your knee angles. Recommend a few boots to try.

This is not something to trust to just anybody.

It really is that important.

Don't even get me going on custom foot beds, which any good skier should have.
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Originally Posted by nzshredder97 View Post
 

What are the best ski boots for an Advanced to Expert skier, weighing 75Kg, skiing mainly 50:50 on/off piste. I'm mainly interested in All-mountain skiing but enjoy more big mountain style stuff, including big airs and cliff drops. I'd probably hike one run at least a day, obviously based on conditions. But yeah, any recommendations on the best boot for me - $$$ is not an issue, just looking for top quality in terms of fit, practicality, features and lastly, and not importantly, looks.

Cheers

Welcome to EpicSki!  Do you know any boot fitters in New Zealand?  

post #5 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki.  Absolutely nobody can recommend a ski boot for you and there certainly isn't a "best" boot for an advanced or intermediate or any other kind of skier.  At the top of this page there is a blue stripe with several words in it, one being "Articles."  Click on that word and read the article about why boots are the most important ski gear you will ever buy.  After reading that, go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about terminology and fitting so you can get a decent understanding of the the fitting process.  Talk to people in NZ that you know who are good skiers and ask if they know a good boot fitter, hopefully there is at least one.  Assuming you find someone, contact that person and make an appointment.  There are many good ski boots on the market, the trick is finding the one that fits your feet better than the others.

post #6 of 8

Welcome to EpicSki.

 

There are a bunch of threads about boots here.  You may want to take a look at them.  As stated before, find a good boot fitter, be prepared to spend some time in the fitting process, don't be afraid to go back to the boot fitter to get them adjusted (It's part of the fitting process and you shouldn't be charged for getting things adjusted.), be frank with the fitter, answer his questions as best you can.  A good fitter will have you try several types of boots to find the best fit.  Boots are the most important piece of equipment you will buy.

 

As stated on these forums a while back, "You date skis.  You marry boots!" 

 

Welcome to the club.  I hope your boot marriage is great and you have a fun time with them.

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Thread Starter 

Ahh right, cheers !!

post #8 of 8

The question's been pretty much answered above, but I'll add my 2 cents anyway.

The best boot is a very stiff boot that fits your feet perfectly, like a second skin, because you got the boots aligned and the custom foamed liners and custom foot beds made by a great boot fitter (e.g. one who fits the boots for successful world cup winning racers).

 

I'm sure I've opened the door for contrary opinions, but that's my story and I'm sticking too it.

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