I am in desperate need of new ski boots. I have two shops in the area to choose from.
Not a national box store but they are a fairly large local chain store. When I went to discuss they did not seem particularly knowledgeable about "fitting" the boots properly and the salesman told me he was the boot fitter. They did not instill any confidence in their ability to find me the right boot. On the plus side they have a huge selection and I could really tell a difference between some of the different brands.
A small mom and pop shop that has a great reputation in the area. When I was in there the other day, the boot fitter seem extremely knowledgeable and I really wanted to buy boots from them. The problem is that they only carry Dalbello boots. The boot fitter assured me they make a boot to fit my foot. I did not have the time to try anything on but it sounds like it maybe a case of fitting a square peg in a round hole. I'm not experienced enough to tell if the boot "really" fits or if it is the best fit they can get.
Believe it or not I am a very experienced skier who loves carving arcs at high speed. I'm also a bit heavy at 210 lbs.
Which shop should I buy from?
I was looking at the Dalbello Pantera most of the reviews I've seen were somewhat mediocre. Any one use them?
If I buy one of the heat moldable boots (atomic or solomon), how important is an actual boot fitting?