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So glad!
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Thought I'd share the updates:

 

Last weekend I stopped by Ski Barn in Lawrenceville (I was in the area) to check it out and was totally not impressed and probably wouldn't go back ever again. I was with my parents because we were doing something in the area when we stopped by. We walked in and looked around the ski/equipment area because the guy was helping someone with snowboard boots. He was basically done with his customer and packing up their purchase but somehow ended up chatting for 20 minutes (I was watching the time) without even acknowledging us standing in the small ski area waiting for him. Not a big deal, he was the only salesperson so I understand he wanted to finish up but I kind of expected a "Hi, I'll be with you in a bit" out of courtesy. Anyway when he was done he asked me how he can help and I told him I was looking for ski boots. First thing he asked was if I'm looking to purchase today or not. Then he told me to sit and he took out a brannock device (I hope I'm saying it right) and just told me to put my foot on it and he took a quick measurement. Once he measured he stood up and started walking towards their inventory and asked me what flex I want. I told him I wasn't sure but from what I researched for my skiing level I figured between 70-100. He looked for about 5 minutes and came back saying he had nothing in my size, and so I left. 

 

Now it could have just been me but he seemed to care more about me spending money than actually trying to find out what would be best for me.

 

Then I decided to make an appointment at Heino's and ended up going today. I have to say, now that I've been to an actual boot fitter.....I'll never return to Ski Barn. Not only were they more knowledgeable (I know that's an obvious difference) but much more friendly and I didn't feel like they just wanted money out of me. I had an appointment with the owner, Greg, and he was extremely nice and helpful. I had to sit down, put on socks before measuring my feet with the device and then he had a list of questions for me. He also made me flex a little and checked out my feet a little more closely. During this whole thing he was explaining to me the process and why he's asking the things he's asking and what he's looking for etc. He then brought out a boot and took out the inside of the boot (liner?) and had me put my foot in the shell so that my toes touch the front. He put a piece of wood behind my heel to check for room and if it's enough space. Then I got to try on the boot, flex in it a bit and see how it feels. I tried a couple of different boots for both feet. There was some pain issue on the top of my foot so he tried to adjust with insole to see if it helps. After some trying on, a pair of Lange boots felt nice. Very snug (almost suffocating my feet...) but not painful. Once that was decided on, he put them on this machine (sorry I don't know the technical names lol) to heat the boots up for about 16min. Once that was done I had to wear the boots for about 8min with another pair of socks over the ones I was wearing (buckled really tight) and walk around and flex and move around a bit for the boot to get adjusted. Once I survived that, I took the extra pair of socks on and let my feet regain circulation for a few minutes and then put the boots on again but this time buckling just enough. And they felt really great, still pretty tight but better than in the beginning. He then gave me homework to wear the boots at home 3 times, each time longer to make sure they're good for my feet. Overall I'm happy with them and excited to try them once winter comes, and I didn't end up spending a fortune either. He talked about custom insoles but because they're expensive and not a necessity for me right now, he told me I can hold off on those so instead I just got regular insoles for them that I used during fitting too (new pair of course). 

 

If tl;dr , I ended up buying Lange SX 90 W at Heino's with insoles for a little over $400.

 

And thanks everyone for the inputs and making sure I don't buy ski boots online :P 

sounds like you got a semi-custom fit (the heat was to shape the thermoliner to your foot).  

 

Did you pick up a nice thin pair of ski socks while you're at it?  Be sure you do!

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Did you pick up a nice thin pair of ski socks while you're at it?  Be sure you do!

This is important. I've had good luck with SmartWool.

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sounds like you got a semi-custom fit (the heat was to shape the thermoliner to your foot).  

Did you pick up a nice thin pair of ski socks while you're at it?  Be sure you do!

No I didn't, but I def will get a few pairs before the season. My birthday is coming up in a month so I think I might ask for them haha
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