Hey there. I'm demoing a few sets of boots over the next 2 weeks and I have a question about if I should get a custom footbed made before or after I demo them. Basically, will the footbed be shaped differently between boots? Essentially I'm taking the demo boots out for a day and bringing them to a custom boot fitter that night to ensure fit is proper. Should I go ahead and have the bootfitter make a custom bed even if those particular boots don't work so I can use the custom footbed in a different pair of boots?
Demo Boots - Custom Footbed?
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Footbeds are made to your foot but trimmed to fit the boot. In the end they made need to be trimmed a few times according to the boot dimensions but probably although not definitely will fitt appropriately in the widest boot even if trimmed to the narrowest.
However, it does seem like a lot of effort to me. You've evidently been skiing without footbeds, why test with them?
Thanks, I really want to focus on vastly improving my skiing next season as I noticed a little bit of foot pain at the end of the day and I'd really want to seek out a true custom fit to be sure I'm not hindered at all by equipment. If any of the boots don't end up working I won't be near a boot fitter for a while and would like something I can at least put into some rentals for the rest of the season while I wait for next season to buy. Does that make sense, should I just hold off on footbeds until I've committed to a boot?
Just an update, got fitted by Chris @ SBF (skibootfitting.com) in Lionshead @ Vail. Great experience. Really worked me through a series of boots and found the perfect fit. Cast both feet and hand made custom beds. I mentioned budget to him about half way through and he didn't realize I was on one. I wanted to be around 800 since it was end of season and the boot he had me in was 700 alone. The boot hadn't been marked down yet at the store he works out of (vail sports) He said he didn't make anything off the boot sale so if I found it somewhere else cheaper they would probably match price. I found the boot he fit me in online for around 450 so I just ordered it. He made the beds for me and I picked them up next morning. WHAT A DIFFERENCE to have a perfect fitting boot and footbed. I felt as if skiing became effortless. There are a few tight spots that he said he'd punch for me next season when I come back. Just a great overall experience.
Footbeds cost $225 but that also included finding and sizing the right boot for my foot.