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(NJ) deciding between a small shop vs big shop due to inventory selection

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Here's my problem. I think I need new boots I had mine for 5-6 years and in Vail I think I bumped my left big toe where the nail is still black to this day (it's not bad but I think these boots ran their course). They are atomic something with 100 flex. (Will update later).

I got these boots at heinos in north Nj and regularly shop their regardless of the price differences because I value the expertise that the employees bring to the community.

My thought though for my next boot purchase was if a place has probally 3 times as much inventory (I also really like pelican skiing on route 10) am I crazy to not go there because there's probally 3 times the selection to find something for me? I assume their boot fitters will be just as good?

Pretty much I am in quandary of shop A has a smaller selection but I know they know their stuff, shop B most likely knows their stuff but has 3 times the selection.

I ski about 30 days + a year and want to do the best I can because I don't switch out boots like I switch out skis or soft goods.
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Ie am I doing myself a dis service by limiting my possible selection of inventory?
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Originally Posted by yuik View Post

Ie am I doing myself a dis service by limiting my possible selection of inventory?

Boot fit has more to do with the technician than with the shop name---seek out the bootfitter with the best reputation and go with them, regardless of the inventory in stock.  Don;t base your decision on a particular brand/color/model---go with their recommendation as long as it fits within your comfort parameters.    Most of the folks doing this have many years of experience behind them and can look at feet and know what will work.  Most of the bootfitters out here can lay there hands on almost anything you might like brand wise.

 

Good luck

 

mike

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Boot fit has more to do with the technician than with the shop name---seek out the bootfitter with the best reputation and go with them, regardless of the inventory in stock.  Don;t base your decision on a particular brand/color/model---go with their recommendation as long as it fits within your comfort parameters.    Most of the folks doing this have many years of experience behind them and can look at feet and know what will work.  Most of the bootfitters out here can lay there hands on almost anything you might like brand wise.

Good luck

mike
Thanks makes sense.

And the good thing is I don't care about the brand at all.
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