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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

The closest bootfitter in my area is about 4 hours away (D.C. area), with no traffic.  I've got no idea how good the guy is.  As I understand the bootfitting process, it may take several trips back and forth to dial in a pair of boots that fit.  Is there another way?  Not sure I can or want to swing that trip several times only to boot fit.  No real skiing in the area...

 

In the offseason, I lost about 20 lbs.  I suspect my boots from last year (Nordica Cruise 110's) were a bit too big for my low volume foot to begin with.  Add the weight loss and now I'm over-buckling.  I did a little research and have found that some Lange's sold locally are more suited to my foot shape.  I've got a narrow heal and a low arch... not completely flat, but pretty low.

 

I tried on a pair of Lange RX 100's (didn't have 110's or 120's).  The shell around my foot near the arch is certainly a better fit than my old boots.  The heel felt better as well and it felt as though I had some breathing room for my toes.  That being said, they only had a 27.5 and my foot measures 27.0.

 

Since my local shop doesn't really fit boots.  I'd like to undertake this on my own if at all possible.  It seems to me I might be able to find the right pair myself, or at least something very close... and then visit the bootfitter if I have issues.  Contrary to popular wisdom, I know. 

 

Is it possible to get 90% there if I'm doing this myself?

post #2 of 16

I doubt, left to your own resources, you would get closer than 10%--- since the boot you mention (27.5 mondo) and your foot type (narrow) you will be in too big a boot.  Beyond that there is an encyclopedia of issues that go into fitting a boot correctly.  Learning to fit boots has little to do with selling boots yet in most retailers boot fitting amounts to ---  You trying on about 9 pair of  boots and buying the pair you like the most, this is not boot fitting.  

 

best of luck (for that ( "luck" ) is where you are, as far as boot fitting is concerned)

 

Where are you located?

 

mike

post #3 of 16

I think the best way to get boots is to get on a plane to a ski area where there are good fitters.  Start your trip getting properly fit with the ability to return for modifications if you need.  Enjoy the skiing and get the fit done right.

cheers

Bob G

post #4 of 16

agree with Bob, stick an extra day on your vacation, book an appointment ahead of time and you can do any tweaks with a beer in your hand after skiing, take a look at the who's who at the top of the forum and pick a resort wqhere you like the sound of the fitter based on thier input on the board

 

good luck getting sorted

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

I doubt, left to your own resources, you would get closer than 10%--- since the boot you mention (27.5 mondo) and your foot type (narrow) you will be in too big a boot.  Beyond that there is an encyclopedia of issues that go into fitting a boot correctly.  Learning to fit boots has little to do with selling boots yet in most retailers boot fitting amounts to ---  You trying on about 9 pair of  boots and buying the pair you like the most, this is not boot fitting.  

 

best of luck (for that ( "luck" ) is where you are, as far as boot fitting is concerned)

 

Where are you located?

 

mike


I'm in Virginia Beach, VA.

 

Other than the ABB website, is there a list of "certified" bootfitters by locality? 

post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by BootDr1 View Post
 

I think the best way to get boots is to get on a plane to a ski area where there are good fitters.  Start your trip getting properly fit with the ability to return for modifications if you need.  Enjoy the skiing and get the fit done right.

cheers

Bob G


I'm going to Jay Peak, VT after Christmas.  How do I find out if they have anyone there worth their salt?  Their website indicates someone on staff is "masterfit endorsed."   I don't really know what that means.  Does that mean some HS kid took an online course, or is that a real credential?

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Why does this method work for Dodge boots?

 

I wouldn't mind trying this with a reputable bootfitter that sells plastic boots.  Does anyone do it?

 

post #8 of 16

I think if I were you, I would drive up to DC to the Ski Center, see Brian Erdly (hope I spelled the last name correctly)----with gas getting cheaper a 4 hr drive might be worth it

 

Good Luck

 

mike

post #9 of 16
Masterfit doesn't do on line courses. They are hands on programs and give fitters the essentials. But there is no substitute for lots of experience. The Americas Best Bootfitters site lists the top group of the MasterFit trained shops. Check that site for Jay. Brian at Ski Centre in DC is a good fitter.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by BootDr1 View Post

Masterfit doesn't do on line courses.

 

 

They actually do.

post #11 of 16

I am the senior faculty member of MasterFit.  

post #12 of 16
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post #13 of 16

Wow, I just got home Friday from teaching the MasterFit tour for the season.  It was fun!  We had 126 in Mt Snow, 61 in Kitzbuhel, 121 in Denver, 64 in Everette, Wa, and 120 in Reno.  And no one ever mentioned anything about an online course.  

Obviously, I didn't help with the curriculum.   And Steve Cohen hasn't felt communicating about it mattered.

I'm with ya.  Don't get some high school kid who did the dubious on line course fitting your boot!!!!!!  MasterFit is all about learning with the hands on.

Thanks for letting me know about it.  Come to Telluride and I'll fix your numbness for free.

Bob

post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

I think if I were you, I would drive up to DC to the Ski Center, see Brian Erdly (hope I spelled the last name correctly)----with gas getting cheaper a 4 hr drive might be worth it

 

Good Luck

 

mike

As bob said "It's all about experience"----Brian is close by in relative terms.

 

mike

post #15 of 16

Hi,

So Steve Cohen from the MasterFit mother ship responded to my question about the mysterious online course.  The program is one that was created for athletic footwear that was originally developed for the Athlete's Feet chain.  It is not a course on ski boot fitting.  

cheers,

Bob

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for following up on that!  I guess you can tell by the website, but it didn't indicate that course was for something specific.  Anyway, I'm relieved to know that the ski boot fitting classes are hands-on.  Seems to make sense.

 

I actually considered taking the online course to educate myself.  I'm glad I didn't!

 

I called Brian Eardley's shop.  They seemed pretty good.  I didn't speak to him, but another guy named Carl.  He said they've got 6 bootfitters on staff.  Seems like a big shop.  I would bet they carry just about every brand of boot.  Apparently, they do a lot of online sales of ski stuff in general.   No appointment needed.  That might be different if I request Eardley himself.

 

I also called another D.C. area shop...  pro-ski fit (listed on the ABB website) and spoke to the owner (bootfitter) and his wife.  My feeling is that I might get more individualized care from them.  It's just he and his wife.  My concern here was their inventory might not be big enough to find the "right" boot for me.  The owner indicated he stocks boots for every foot type.  I'd have to make an appointment 1 week in advance.  I told him I could potentially be up there on a weekday during the 1st week in December and he seemed to like that idea... instead of a busy weekend during ski season.

 

My plan is to call 2 more shops.  1 is in my area and the other is in Vermont.  The one in my area has a bootfitter, but they don't really advertise it.  The Vermont shop is well-known (GMOL.)  I'd have to somehow eek out 1 more day in our New Year's vacation to see the guy.  Not sure I can do it, and I'm not sure he'd be available.  It would certainly be a busy time for them...

 

@BootDr1 ... Sending you a pm

 

@miketsc  ... Wish you were closer!

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