I am a beginner skier, skied about 4 days total, I am starting to learn the parallel turn. I want to get my own boots, looking for something cheap, so I am looking at either the quest access 70 2012 model or the head edge gp alu 2015 model. Can people give me some advice onwhich one? Thanks
Ski boots advice: Quest access 70 or head edge gp alu
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I'd recommend you go to a ski shop with a boot fitter and tell them what you are looking for. They can probably set you up with some reasonably priced boots that fit your needs. Boots aren't something you really want to screw up since getting poorly fitted boots will only make skiing harder. Almost everything else about skiing you can but online without any real concerns. Boots just are't one of those things.
Welcome to EpicSki. Asking for advice on a what boot to buy on the internet is sort of like asking for medical advice on the internet. Sure people do it but the outcome is rarely good. We can't see you or your feet, The only way to get boots that truly fit your feet is to go to a knowledgeable boot fitter, not just someone who happens to work in some store that sells skis. Boots that feel comfortable right out of the box are at least one and often two sizes too big. Boots that are too big will only get bigger as the liner packs out(compresses) which leads to your feet sliding around in the boot which in turn causes you to buckle them more tightly which cuts off circulation leading to cold toes and pain and you wondering why you ever thought skiing was fun. Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology. Then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a boot fitter listed near you. If there is, call and make an appointment. If there isn't one listed, ask here and someone will be able to recommend a fitter.
Neither boot is appropriate. Both boots are made for very wide feet, but even if you need a very wide boot they are both too soft for a person who weighs 80kg. I weigh about 68kg and could just about fold either boot in half, especially the Head. Don't try to pick a boot before you see a knowledgeable fitter, allow the fitter to help you choose a boot. But before you go to this store, which I'm sure isn't a specialty ski shop, read the information I suggested so you have some understanding of what should happen and how the boot should feel.