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So as a noob I always thought skis were the most important piece of equipment, but then I've heard it is actually the boots.  Why then is all the buzz (and all most of the purchases by gear hos) of new skis, rather than boots?  Is it because there is not much in the way of technological advances in boots as skis?  Is it because once you have a good fitting set of boots, you don't need to upgrade?

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You date your skis, you marry your boots. Many of us hate buying boots and getting the fit just right, so new boots are an unwanted hassle. Once you've got them dialed in, you don't want to give them up.
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Boots do last longer than skis, there aren't a lot of technological changes, it's difficult and time consuming to get boots fitting properly, the great majority of skiers have one pair of boots (unless they tour as well as ski resorts) but a fair number have and use multiple pairs of skis for different conditions--a good pair of boots will handle all conditions well.

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Harder to resell boots ( not impossible, just harder), especially after customizing.

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Originally Posted by northeasterner View Post
 

So as a noob I always thought skis were the most important piece of equipment, but then I've heard it is actually the boots.  Why then is all the buzz (and all most of the purchases by gear hos) of new skis, rather than boots?  Is it because there is not much in the way of technological advances in boots as skis?  Is it because once you have a good fitting set of boots, you don't need to upgrade?

Shells last a long time, Liners not so much. 

 

I ski in a Head Raptor Plug 150 and the shells have been ground to fit me perfectly. When the original lace-up liners wore out (they are thin as hell to begin with and became packed out after 4 seasons)  I replaced the liners with Heads Custom Foam Lace-up World Cup liners. 

 

Boots are better than new!  And it only cost me about $250.00  Barely have to buckle now!

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