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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone, Currently looking at buying some Ski boots. I went to Baltimore Ski Warehouse this week they had a ton of stuff and the staff was really nice. I tried on Fischer Viron 10 Which felt really snug and comfortable,I also liked the Stiffness. My concern is that they don't have bootfitting services besides the Vaccum technology in the Fishcher Viron 10's. Every single thread i've read says to get Boots fitted by a professional. The Viron 10's were 500 he was willing to drop the price to 450... I'm going to check out Ski Hauus in Annapolis this weekend to see if they have boot fitting available.

So my questions are

1. Is $450 for Viron 10's a good price?
2. Is the Fischer viron 10's vaccum/Boot fitting technology any good?
3. Can you buy used boots and get them fitted or is it just new boots that can get fitted?
post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post

Hello everyone, Currently looking at buying some Ski boots. I went to Baltimore Ski Warehouse this week they had a ton of stuff and the staff was really nice. I tried on Fischer Viron 10 Which felt really snug and comfortable,I also liked the Stiffness. My concern is that they don't have bootfitting services besides the Vaccum technology in the Fishcher Viron 10's. Every single thread i've read says to get Boots fitted by a professional. The Viron 10's were 500 he was willing to drop the price to 450... I'm going to check out Ski Hauus in Annapolis this weekend to see if they have boot fitting available.

So my questions are

1. Is $450 for Viron 10's a good price?
2. Is the Fischer viron 10's vacuum/Boot fitting technology any good?
3. Can you buy used boots and get them fitted or is it just new boots that can get fitted?

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Read through the above article (WIKI) and pay close attention to the part about "Shell check" to decide on what size boot to purchase.

 

Boot fitting with and after the sale is a way to end up with boots that fit well and ski to your best ability as far as equipment plays into the mix.

 

We estimate that about 90% of the folks who have boots purchased them too large based upon how they "Feel" when they tried them on in the store. "If my toes touch anything,I am not buying that one" is where most of the problem arises.  That is not to say that the boots should be overly tight but they won't feel like slippers

 

So far as the Viron 10 model is concerned, a little more info would be helpful:

 

How much do you weigh?

 

Is the Viron 10 from last season? 

 

We sell the Fischer Vacuum series of boots and they work well.

 

mike

post #3 of 12

I don't sell Fischer so can't comment on the boots, but agree with Mike's opening comments.  Doesn't matter if the price is good.  If you are buying from a shop that doesn't provide boot fitting any money spent there is thrown away unless you are a qualified fitter.

 

Lou

post #4 of 12

The last on the Viron 10 is listed as 103-108 which is to say mega-wide.  Unless your foot is at least an  "ee" or wider with a high instep this boot can't possibly fit and ski will.  It is also very soft.  If it fit well it would be perfect for slow skiing on green and very easy blue runs if you are fairly light.

 

Lou

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I weigh between 165 -170 6 ft tall. I wear a size twelve shoe, which I know doesn't correlate to the size of correct boot size. He measured my foot and said a 27.5 would be the size. He also said every boot is different. The only thing I remember about the boot itself is that it had a flex of 100?
I will probably end up going to another place with a bootfitter
post #6 of 12

That's a good thing!

 

Lou

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Decided to go with the Fischer viron 10's with the vaccum technology very nice fit and snug to them. I purchased them from level 9 for half of the price they were asking for in the store smile.gif
post #8 of 12

So no fit guarantee, no fitting included in price.  You pay additional for all work.  You wrote for advise were advised the boot is very wide, I've never seen a size 12 fit a 27 and you are happy with your purchase.  OK I guess.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well I had my foot measured for a 27.5 ski boot I will get the vacuum fit through level 9's store in SLC for free when I go for a ski trip. I Also have a wider foot than most. boots felt hard/uncomfortable while the virons felt comfortable but also being a very tight fit
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Horizon299 View Post

Well I had my foot measured for a 27.5 ski boot I will get the vacuum fit through level 9's store in SLC for free when I go for a ski trip. I Also have a wider foot than most. boots felt hard/uncomfortable while the virons felt comfortable but also being a very tight fit

I highlighted the interesting part of your post----So, what did your foot measure in centimeters????? 

 

Did you do a shell check in that size boot to see if it would work for you long term,.  Considering this purchase is a 5 to 10 year wear cycle, if the boot is the correct size----- and a poor decision, if it is too big,  is why we have posted the WIKI about "Which boot will work for you"---- and will affect you adversely, if your foot moves around inside there at all.

 

Over time, this shoe size / foot size / boot size, thing has proven to be the biggest problem,--- almost 90% of skiers get it WRONG and suffer through the use of this TO big or too small boot for as long as they own it.   So again, how long are your feet? in centimeters?  

 

Very tight, is a relative term, What you feel is "very tight" might just feel "snug" to me.  If you use the term "comfortable" in describing a boots fit, they will usually be too big to ski in with control for more than 2-3 days they then become a sloppy connection and the ski wonders around with you playing catch up all the way down the hill:mad.

 

mike

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks Mike, I was measured to be 27.5 cm, as for the feel of them my foot felt solid in place no movement or wiggling besides the toes. i stood/ walked in them for about 20 minutes no shin soreness, shin pain or foot cramps.
i know I probably rushed it, I'm stoked,and I'm new. What can I say smile.gif
post #12 of 12
You could go back and do the "shell check" as described by the article I forwarded to you---it just might eliminate you making a mistake.

by the way a piece of CPVC pipe (1/2 inch) is exactly 15mm outside diameter---the max you want to see behind your heel between you and the shell
---slip it in at an angle to avoid your calf muscle getting in the way, and the longest part of your foot is about 3/4 of an inch above the floor of the boot at the back of your heel.

mike

Foot note: My foot measures 28.2cm and I ski in a boot marked 27.5---
Edited by miketsc - 7/16/15 at 9:42am
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