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post #1 of 6
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I am in desperate need of new ski boots.  I have two shops in the area to choose from.

 

Shop 1

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.

 

Shop 2

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. 

 

 

 

 

Questions

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?  

post #2 of 6
I'm not a boot pro, but in this situation I'd consider traveling a distance to get the right service and selection. It's the most important piece of gear you'll wear. I'm lucky to live close to one of the most trusted shops in the NW. Without these guys expertise, I don't think I'd have found my way into what has been the best boot I've ever had. You need someone knowledgeable in fitting and also across product lines. If you could determine which boot is right and buy it at the big store or online, I'd think the little shop could fit you for a small fee.

The Salomon heat moldable boots are what I have, and the molding process itself was straight-forward. However, there was still a lot more involved in the fitting. The fitter studied my feet and stance and determined that with my wide feet and pronating (leaning inward), the Salomon's were the best choice. From there, all of the pressure points were addressed, and finally the heat molding and cooling was accomplished. My pronation is so extreme, the boots now tend to fall over when I'm not wearing them. Again, this is the best boot experience I've ever had and I hope you can find the same.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by MoabMtnBiker View Post
 

I am in desperate need of new ski boots.  I have two shops in the area to choose from.

 

Shop 1

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.

 

Shop 2

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. 

 

 

 

 

Questions

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?  


Cannot think of any reason to buy boots from a big box store when you know enough to ask the question.

 

Even without a heat molding process, a good boot fitting process is well worth the time.

 

What type of terrain do you like to ski?  What region?

post #4 of 6
Where do you live and ski ? There has to be a better option out there. I would not buy from either of those places.
post #5 of 6

No harm in trying the Dalbellos--if you can get a good shell fit--length and width, instep feels ok, you don't have to crank the buckles, and there are no obvious painful spots. If they don't work then you'll probably be best off buying on a mountain somewhere if that's an option.

post #6 of 6

Given the two options, I would go to the small shop- assuming they guarantee a fit or money back.

 

Working with just one brand of shells is really tough, and if you have a troublesome foot (or just one that is a really poor fit for the shells) it may never be right.

 

Still, that is a much better solution than somebody who doesn't know how to fit a boot in the first place.

 

The best solution would be to find a knowledgeable shop that carries multiple lines.

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