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post #1 of 5
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So earlier this year in March I went for the whole boot fitting experience at Footloose in Mammoth.  I spent quite a bit of time on this over a few days and had the boots pushed out in a couple spots and skied the best runs of my life.  The boots are fine when I'm walking around at home, but become unbearable after a couple runs, like I'm having a gout attack that's gone on for days.  I probably wouldn't have bought the boots knowing what I know now, but they seemed okay and I was pretty sure the boot modifications would work, but they didn't.

 

I'm not sure that I am going to be able to get back to Mammoth this year to get more adjustments done.  What should I expect to pay to have them modified again?  A buddy who's skied his whole life bought some boots and said he skied them for a couple years without really buckling them and they finally were okay, but I think with my previous foot issues I'm a little more sensitive.

 

I went from Quest Access 60's to Head Vector 115's if that helps.

 

Thanks,

 

~S

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Originally Posted by soporific View Post
 

So earlier this year in March I went for the whole boot fitting experience at Footloose in Mammoth.  I spent quite a bit of time on this over a few days and had the boots pushed out in a couple spots and skied the best runs of my life.  The boots are fine when I'm walking around at home, but become unbearable after a couple runs, like I'm having a gout attack that's gone on for days.  I probably wouldn't have bought the boots knowing what I know now, but they seemed okay and I was pretty sure the boot modifications would work, but they didn't.

 

I'm not sure that I am going to be able to get back to Mammoth this year to get more adjustments done.  What should I expect to pay to have them modified again?  A buddy who's skied his whole life bought some boots and said he skied them for a couple years without really buckling them and they finally were okay, but I think with my previous foot issues I'm a little more sensitive.

 

I went from Quest Access 60's to Head Vector 115's if that helps.

 

Thanks,

 

~S

the statement in bold (my bold)

 

does it mean 

1 if i had known i was going to need further adjustment

2 if i had known about another fitter

3 if i had known about a foot issue that has come on since 

4 had you realises that you wouldn't be able to get back to them

 

footloose are a pretty well respected shop, and sometimes boots need more than an initial round of adjustments, it is not really their fault that you can't get back to them this season, so you are left looking at the alternatives ....

 

there are a number of factors at play... the fact the boots feel ok standing around may indicate that it is something to do with your alignment or fore /aft balance on your skis, but this is impossible to tell via the web and from 4000+ miles away

 

the pain you describe " like a gout attack" just in ball of foot?, radiating outwards from there, or some other area all together.....trying to get an idea of what is happening so i can suggest what might be needed. it could be a very simple single punch on a boot that is required, it could be something way more complex

 

as for adjustments to the boot by another fitter, it will depend on what needs doing , but last time i checked USA prices most good fitters were charging $60-$100 per hour for work on boots they did not supply.... most fitters will want to assess the boot before they work on it to see what the success level is likely to be  as the general rule that  customers apply seems to be when you touched it it became your problem (the reason it is always best to work with one fitter where possible) every fitter works differently the am being to achieve the same goals 

 

hope that helps a bit, if you give us more information about the issues then we can probably shed more light on where the problem is coming form

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CEM,

 

Thank you for the response.

 

1 - If I had known that a punch wouldn't had made them better, I probably wouldn't have bought them. :)

 

To address the bolded item, I had worn these boots around the store and felt very comfortable in them.  We basically got to the point of "if I punch these out, they are yours" part of the sale.  And they were, so I bought them.  I only put Footloose in this thread because I didn't want people who read the thread to think that I went to a big box store and bought them, not to say my old boots were bad, in fact they were perfect for me at the time.  I specifically went and bought this trip to see a boot fitter.

 

Gout attacks for me were a constant nightmare for the better part of 10 years which I finally controlled, and then started skiing.  (PM me anyone who has gout and can't control it, all I can say is modern drugs do work, but you have to understand how and it may take a long time). 

 

I don't believe there is any physical damage to my foot, but it reminds me of when I was inline skating back in the 80's and if the boot was too tight it would get to the point where I was in agony.  After talking to my boot fitter then and knowing what the red spots are, I think the problem points are on the inside of the big toe and outside of the heel.  Though, I can replicate the feeling of the dull ache just by squeezing between the heel and pinky toe and on the inside of my foot.

 

To finalize, I have nothing but respect for Footloose and had nothing but good experienes there.  This isn't a Footloose problem as much as a problem with myself.

 

Thank you again,

 

Mike

post #4 of 5

Mike, sounds like you have done what most people would do and got the boot and had it initially modified, get to either footloose when you can or another fitter closer to you and have them take a look  sounds as thought you just need a little more space in the boot...making space is simple, taking it up is less so!

 

good luck getting sorted (it will get there)

post #5 of 5
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Thank you for the responses CEM.  I'll head to a local shop here and see what they can do as heading up North isn't in my cards for a while.

 

~Mike

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