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Front Range Boot Sellers -- Options before going in for a full custom job?

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Background: Strong Intermediate skier. 6'2" / 175lb. Ski most the mountain including limited times in the bumps, more trees/steeps focused. Hike for turns when I can (i.e. Chair 9 at Loveland when its open. Else Lift 1/4/8 including OTR/Avalanche bowl etc) Short touring days on occasion. Ski ~ 30 days per year. 25 on the lifts, 5 earning turns.

Current setup: Garmont Adrenalin shell I bought off a friend who shares my size (I think?). Bought some Intuition liners and had them heat molded at the ski shop's hill. Have 15-20 days on them (since I've owned them.)

What I like: Generally okay. Warm. Hike mode is handy. Nothing excruciating pain-wise. I'm only out $150 bucks currently.

What I don't like: I have to crank down pretty hard on them. Soft flex is noticeable when skiing hard and/or skiing crud (TGR suggest they are ~85-90 flex). Feel like I have to work extra hard to stay forward/pressure edges when things get serious. My feet feel tired-out before the rest of my legs.

What I'm looking for: From reading around this sub-forum a bit I've begun imagining I might enjoy better alpine performance from a true alpine boot or at least one that is a bit stiffer (100-110 flex?). Especially as I dump money into lessons to work on form this year. (My ski patrol buddy is a good motivating force to join him.) I haven't had such pain/frustration that I'm quite ready to jump into the whole bootfitting with custom insoles/punches/expansion/etc.

What I am looking for is a shop in the CO Front Range who knows what they're doing to get me into a decent pair of boots that match my feet (size/shape/etc) as a starting point. Mold the new liners, maybe some off-the-shelf footbeds if really necessary. The only full on bootfitter I've found via searching is www.thecustomfoot.com which seems a bit more intense than I am ready for.

I'm looking to give myself an early Xmas present at a cost of 4-500 out the door. Where should I begin?
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You should begin by de-emphasizing cost.  If you have to have a better fit and it sounds as if your boots are too large, and you want more performance and you'd like to work with someone good and we don't know your foot shape which definitely determines boot cost, then you are going to haver to be willing to spend more.  May not be necessary to actually do, but 400-500 only gets you a 100 mm or wider boot and no boot work I'd say.  Greg Hoffman top of Vail can help.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

You should begin by de-emphasizing cost.  If you have to have a better fit and it sounds as if your boots are too large, and you want more performance and you'd like to work with someone good and we don't know your foot shape which definitely determines boot cost, then you are going to haver to be willing to spend more.  May not be necessary to actually do, but 400-500 only gets you a 100 mm or wider boot and no boot work I'd say.  Greg Hoffman top of Vail can help.

 

Lou

 

Thanks for the helpful advice. I had no idea that costs vary in particular ways with last width. As I can comfortably wear a size B dress shoe I do have a slightly narrower foot.  (Actually it is narrower in the back/ankle and a bit wider in the front.)

 

It sounds as if I should hold off on buying boots this season, save and wait for next rather than spending money now and regretting it over the life of the boot. Might suggest a target of cash-in-hand before investing in boots? ~1K? (I'll be the guy driving the $1400 AWD Astro with 1K boots!) The reality of student debt, working as a professional in government and being young is not always lots of cash to go around. So cost is a factor unless planned in advance. 

 

Thanks again. 

 

EDIT: Just got a PM which lead me to http://www.aracersedge.com/breckenridge-boot-fitting/ -- help set reasonable expectations as to cost for thoughtfully fitted boots. 

post #4 of 4

All I know about A Racers Edge is they can't spell Lange.  Other than that they may be great.  If your foot is a "B" width you should be using nothing wider than a 98mm shell and preferably a 95mm.  Absolutely it drives the price up.

 

Lou

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