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Where to buy ski boots? Kansas City/Denver/Winter Park

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I've been skiing off and on for like 10 years and decided that I want to commit to a pair of my own custom fitted boots now that I'm skiing a couple times a year.

Now, I'm trying to decide where I should go to get my boots. I live in Kansas City and will only be going to Winter Park this winter (traveling through Denver). Does anyone have any recommendations for good boot fitters in any of those cities?

Don't know if anyone of this is relevant, but I'm 6'2", 220lbs, 23yo, Intermediate/Advanced skier.
post #2 of 12

There are a bunch, but some recommendations, in descending order, might include:

Lefeet Labs in Winter Park

Custom Foot in south Denver area

Larsons Ski and Sport in northwest Denver area

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Le feet laps 

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There are a bunch, but some recommendations, in descending order, might include:

Lefeet Labs in Winter Park

Custom Foot in south Denver area

Larsons Ski and Sport in northwest Denver area

 

Le Feet Labs looks like a great place, but they're way out of my price range. I called and their average price for a new set of boots was something like $880. Maybe if I skied more than a few times per year, it'd be worth it. Maybe I'm being unreasonable, but I'm looking to spend less than $500.

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I've been skiing off and on for like 10 years and decided that I want to commit to a pair of my own custom fitted boots now that I'm skiing a couple times a year.

Now, I'm trying to decide where I should go to get my boots. I live in Kansas City and will only be going to Winter Park this winter (traveling through Denver). Does anyone have any recommendations for good boot fitters in any of those cities?

Don't know if anyone of this is relevant, but I'm 6'2", 220lbs, 23yo, Intermediate/Advanced skier.


Can't help with recommendations for a Colorado boot fitter, but since you are in Kansas City you might find something useful in this thread from someone else in KC.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117292/first-time-for-a-former-hockey-player

 

Look under Topics Discussed for the tag link for Bootfitter List.  That's one way to see a list of threads by people looking for a boot fitter.  I know there are some for Colorado.  A good shop has "new old stock" for people who need to watch the cost.  I've bought two pairs of boots in the last ten years using that approach and spent less than $450 for just the boots.  Have to say that it was worth investing a little more in custom footbeds.  I do not live in ski country but am lucky to have a local ski shop with an experience boot fitter who also is the shop owner.

post #5 of 12

may be $500 at the beginning of the season not really a realistic price.

Assuming that  Intermediate/Advanced boots MSRP goes like $599 - $699 price range, so store price in December would be $550-$650 plus tax plus insoles ($30-$150) would be way above $500.

 

Options:

a. take a look into boots from previous years 

b. buy boots at the end of the season (March -April)

c. increase your budget

 

good luck

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Can't help with recommendations for a Colorado boot fitter, but since you are in Kansas City you might find something useful in this thread from someone else in KC.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/117292/first-time-for-a-former-hockey-player

 

Look under Topics Discussed for the tag link for Bootfitter List.  That's one way to see a list of threads by people looking for a boot fitter.  I know there are some for Colorado.  A good shop has "new old stock" for people who need to watch the cost.  I've bought two pairs of boots in the last ten years using that approach and spent less than $450 for just the boots.  Have to say that it was worth investing a little more in custom footbeds.  I do not live in ski country but am lucky to have a local ski shop with an experience boot fitter who also is the shop owner.

 

Funny that you mention that as it was another thread from ZachK that turned me off of the boot fitters around here.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128399/bootfitters-first-time-getting-my-own-boots

 

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may be $500 at the beginning of the season not really a realistic price.

Assuming that  Intermediate/Advanced boots MSRP goes like $599 - $699 price range, so store price in December would be $550-$650 plus tax plus insoles ($30-$150) would be way above $500.

 

Options:

a. take a look into boots from previous years 

b. buy boots at the end of the season (March -April)

c. increase your budget

 

good luck

 

Yeah, I was beginning to get the impression that my budget was a little bit too low. Unfortunately, with my 6 days of skiing planned for this Winter and no foreseeable increase in that in the future, I can't justify spending much more on boots until I have a little more cash lying around.

 

Option A) I may ask around a bit at some of the shops mentioned earlier to see if they have any boots leftover from previous years that would work.

Option B) I don't know if I could find a good way to do this since all the good boot fitters are an 8+ hour drive away and I don't travel out to Colorado any time other than during the ski season.

Option C) Haha. Maybe someday :)

post #7 of 12

ok, here is another way... Go to your local REI, the must have brannock device (http://brannock.com/). So that way you could figure out what is your mondo size (about... ) Next, you would call stores which you could visit and ask them if they would have boots from previous year for an Intermediate/Advanced skier in the mondo size ? or size smaller; if they do, what would be the price. That could give you an idea of the price range and availability.  It is very possible to buy a boot from 13/14 season for around $300 which would keep you in the budget.

P.S. your mondo size is just half of the equation; also bootfiter would need to figure out the width/volue (low|med|high) and flex.

 

good luck

post #8 of 12

Sitzmark Sports in Overland Park is where I bought my boots and skis. Not sure how they would compare to places in Denver, but awesome shop with awesome staff. They are at 95th (or so) and Metcalf. 

 

http://sitzmarksports.com/

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Sitzmark Sports in Overland Park is where I bought my boots and skis. Not sure how they would compare to places in Denver, but awesome shop with awesome staff. They are at 95th (or so) and Metcalf. 

 

http://sitzmarksports.com/

 

Yeah, that was the first place I went to look at. I went in last week and they seemed like nice guys, but I didn't get the impression that they were very good boot-fitters. All they did was measure my foot and then started giving me boots to try on. No questions about skiing ability or height/weight (although those two can be somewhat guessed).

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Yeah, that was the first place I went to look at. I went in last week and they seemed like nice guys, but I didn't get the impression that they were very good boot-fitters. All they did was measure my foot and then started giving me boots to try on. No questions about skiing ability or height/weight (although those two can be somewhat guessed).

The only other place in town that I know of is Flatlanders on Johnson Drive, in Mission. They are a smaller shop with limited options compared to Sitzmark, but worth checking out if you weren't impressed with Sitzmark

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The only other place in town that I know of is Flatlanders on Johnson Drive, in Mission. They are a smaller shop with limited options compared to Sitzmark, but worth checking out if you weren't impressed with Sitzmark

 

Yeah, I'll probably run by Flatlanders this weekend and see if they seem to be any better. My biggest problem with Sitzmark in specific is that it seems like the fittings there aren't all that much more thorough than a rental fitting. And if purchasing isn't going to get me a much better fit than renting, why even bother.

post #12 of 12

if you would plan to ski in Colorado.. I would suggest to buy ski next or "in" the resort. This way, you could buy boots, ski a day or two in them and come back for adjustment if needed (usually it is free too)

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