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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hello Everybody,

Glad to be on the site,have been reading quite a bit ,and this is the first thread for me.
I can use some advice re my first pair of boots,which I am about to pick up tomorrow as my custom footbeds are ready.
Again,first pair to purchae,after 3 hours in the shop,and several pairs to try,between to tight or too soft,I ended up with a Tecnica Mach 1 130,which was,let's say the least problematic.
I am 6'2'' and weigh 220 lbs and you may call me an intermediate who aspires to make quite a bit of progress and spend much tiime on slopes.
My question is,I feel the 110 is a bit soft for my weight and my prefrence,and wished to try the Mach 1 120 or 130,however,the boot fitter almost was fed up with me and insisted the 110 was the boot for me.
I do not mind paying more for the most useful and helpfu boots.
Any suggestions re. how I may approach the matter with him,and are there any rules or policies that I need to consider,especially I may just exchange the boots and pay the difference?
Any input will be appreciated,thx.all
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by Emad View Post

...I can use some advice re my first pair of boots,which I am about to pick up tomorrow as my custom footbeds are ready...
I ended up with a Tecnica Mach 1 130

I am 6'2'' and weigh 220 lbs

the boot fitter almost was fed up with me and insisted the 110 was the boot for me.

Any suggestions re. how I may approach the matter with him...

 

Hi Emad, welcome to EpicSki,

 

Good job getting footbeds and fitted boots.Thumbs Up

 

In reading your post it says you ended up with 130's...is that a typo?

 

I don't know the Technica line at all but I would urge a first-time boot buyer not to buy a 130 flex boot. That's a lot of boot to flex for someone your size and skill level.

 

If the boot fitter appeared fed up with you that's something to be resolved.  Could be he had a stone in his shoe.:dunno or you may have been tough to deal with.  Who cares...we are all human and prone to need rebooting from time to time.  

 

Insisting the 110 is the flex for you sounds right.

 

Approach the matter with him like anyone else. Just get in there or call and find out when he will have time to get this done to mutual satisfaction or you will/can take your business and that of your friends, family, internet buds, elsewhere.

 

Fret not, you have time to fix this.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks much Snowfan
Actually the one I have bought is a 110 flex, and from what I read afterwards, tunica has doe a great job with that line.
And you are right, I am a bit indecisive, but it is a whole new terrain for me.
Thx again
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Emad View Post

Thanks much Snowfan
Actually the one I have bought is a 110 flex, and from what I read afterwards, tunica has doe a great job with that line.
And you are right, I am a bit indecisive, but it is a whole new terrain for me.
Thx again

 

The 110 should be fine for you.  Nothing to worry about there, at all.  Boot buying is a multifaceted process.  It takes some time, patience, work and some more time.  The benefits are well worth the work involved and it sounds like you are doing it right.  There is a boot forum here where boot fitters only respond.  If you get in a jam feel free to post there for excellent advice and direction..

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Emad View Post

Hello Everybody,

Glad to be on the site,have been reading quite a bit ,and this is the first thread for me.
I can use some advice re my first pair of boots,which I am about to pick up tomorrow as my custom footbeds are ready.
Again,first pair to purchae,after 3 hours in the shop,and several pairs to try,between to tight or too soft,I ended up with a Tecnica Mach 1 130,which was,let's say the least problematic.
I am 6'2'' and weigh 220 lbs and you may call me an intermediate who aspires to make quite a bit of progress and spend much tiime on slopes.
My question is,I feel the 110 is a bit soft for my weight and my prefrence,and wished to try the Mach 1 120 or 130,however,the boot fitter almost was fed up with me and insisted the 110 was the boot for me.
I do not mind paying more for the most useful and helpfu boots.
Any suggestions re. how I may approach the matter with him,and are there any rules or policies that I need to consider,especially I may just exchange the boots and pay the difference?
Any input will be appreciated,thx.all
Quote:
Originally Posted by Emad View Post

Thanks much Snowfan
Actually the one I have bought is a 110 flex, and from what I read afterwards, tunica has doe a great job with that line.
And you are right, I am a bit indecisive, but it is a whole new terrain for me.
Thx again

Welcome to EpicSki!  I see you also posted in the Ask The Boot Guys forum.  Hopefully one of the boot fitters will respond soon.  It's good that you also created this thread for input from others.

 

Do you live in a region with a lot of skiing?  How many seasons have you skied without your own boots?

 

Buying the first pair of boots can be a pretty intimidating process.  But it's definitely worth the effort.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Oh,thx guys,
Yep it is quite an ordeal, almost like picking a surgeon to operate on you, in some ways it is especially for a first timer, who remembers vividly either total frantic loss of control in boots 2 sizes bigger then tearing excruciating pain when trying a size too small, as I am a novice with only 3 years of play on the snow, wish I started 30 yrs earlier...heh
post #7 of 9

One advantage of working with a boot fitter, as opposed to someone who sells boots without a proper fitting session, is that if tweaks are needed then you are covered.  A good boot fitter guarantees their work for at least a year, if not the lifetime of the boot.  Have heard of rare situations where the choice simply turned out to be wrong and the boot fitter simply started over . . . for no extra charge.

 

Have you found this Beginner Zone thread about the what flex means, and what it doesn't?  There is a lot more to choosing a boot than a flex number, which isn't consistent across brands in any case.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/116467/buying-boots-what-does-that-boot-flex-mean-a-beginner-zone-thread

post #8 of 9

For future lurkers . . . the OP got some useful advice from the thread in Ask The Boot Guys where only EpicSki members with a Boot Fitter badge can reply.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142682/my-first-pair-of-boots - same question as Post #1 in this thread

post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Emad View Post

Oh,thx guys,
Yep it is quite an ordeal, almost like picking a surgeon to operate on you, in some ways it is especially for a first timer, who remembers vividly either total frantic loss of control in boots 2 sizes bigger then tearing excruciating pain when trying a size too small, as I am a novice with only 3 years of play on the snow, wish I started 30 yrs earlier...heh

 

 

You are on the right track getting footbeds and well fit boots.  A 10 flex should be fine for you.  You don't need a 13 flex boot unless you are an accomplished advanced to expert and maybe a racer too.  I have a 10 flex Lange boot and like the flex.  Wore stiff boots for years when I used to race but not now (am 200lbs and skied for 40 yrs). Also, the truth is that you will got thru quite a few pairs of boots over the years and then one day you will find a pair that are perfect.  Maybe your lst pair but not likely and maybe your 10th pair.  

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