Brand new to Epic Ski but I've been lurking for a while. This year it's time for a new pair of boots. I've been skiing in an old pair of Salomon Performa 4.0s since 2003 or so. With no bootfitters way up here in the Great White North (not so white yet this year) I am resigned to choosing from what's available here in town, 2 to 3 models, or finding something online. I know that the prevailing wisdom says you should never buy boots online but there truly isn't anything available in town. So with that being the case I have a question regarding the whole shell fit thing that I've been reading about here on Epicski. When the instructions indicate "put your foot in the shell only, have your toes lightly touching the front of the boot and see how much room is behind your heel and the boots shell. Use a pen as a spacer and measure this for thickness." does this mean behind your ankle or behind your heel? I ask because I have tried on a few boots (used, friends, my old ones, etc.) and I can't get past the ankle down to the actual heel to measure the thickness. Am I missing something here? I will be making a trip to Telluride in January and could have some work done with a bootfitter there (I shattered my ankle a few years back and have a limited range of motion as well as hardware protruding down there) but I would love to have a boot to ski before I head down (I already sold my old ones). Any clarification that you could provide would be greatly appreciated as I embark upon this mission of online purchases and likely returns.
Shell Fit Clarification
it is the space behind your heel, flex forward a little and don't try to put the spacer down the side of the ankle... with a limited range of motion and metal work protruding the most cost effective way would be to buy the boots form the fitter you are going to have to the work, on line purchasing may save you a few $ on the purchase price but any good fitter is likely to be charging $60 + an hour to work on your boots and then cannot offer any form of guarantee as to the fit if they did not supply the boot, and what you think is right sat in your own home may or may not be the correct thing for you, with the metalwork thing i often look at an intuition style liner as it is the easiest to mould around this type of problem, sometimes a zipfit for a better stronger skier, so you are probably looking at an after-market liner and a good footbed as well.
If you are going to Telluride, you have one of the fitters on this forum right there Bob Gleason at Boot Doctors can supply the boot and fit it for you and do any remedial work required while you are there, just book an appointment for the day you arrive and get it done once and properly, IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY in the long term
Thanks for the response. It's pretty frustrating wanting to get it right but not having a professional within 900 miles. I suppose I could ski here in an old rental boot or something until I head down there in January. Would you expect that a pro could get a boot dialed in quickly enough over a weeks stay to still allow me to get some good skiing in in my fitted boot?
i would think so, the first session is the key one, getting the right starting point, unless you have lots of "issues " with your feet, the hope is you may only need one follow up, most likely a small adjustment to somewhere after you have skied a day or 2...normally for things like that you would leave the boot at the store overnight and pick it up in the morning....no loss of ski time