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Boot Fitter in Idaho

post #1 of 26
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I am currently in the market for new boots and am looking for any suggestions on a good "boot fitter" in Idaho. I'm located in Southern Idaho, Twin Falls area to be specific. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 26
Your best bet is to come to Boise or up to Sun Valley. Maby SLC. Do you need boot fitting or new boots?
post #3 of 26
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Clink83, I need new boots.

post #4 of 26
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I was assuming I'd need to go to either Boise or Sun Valley. I'm hoping someone can recommend a fitter by name.  Thanks

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post #6 of 26
Greenwoods in Boise is good for buying boots, but I don't like the footbeds they sell. Their boot fitters are good, and they have excellent customer service. They are the only place I would get boots from in Boise.

For orthotics and boot fitting Jeff at Foot Dynamics would be my choice. I don't know if he sells a ton of boots, but he's a great fitter and used to run an orthotics lab so he makes great footbeds.
post #7 of 26
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Thank you both for the recommendations! I really appreciate the help.

post #8 of 26
I've used Chuck at McU's in Boise for years, and have been very happy with the results. I've had him make progressive changes to my Lange RS 130's and he's been able to make them fit (with much grinding and punching - I don't have a "Lange foot" but love the way the final result fits and skis). Buy the boots and the repeated tweaks are part of the deal. I know they carry a number of brands, but I've only looked at Lange and Fischer (vacuume). Real good guy, knowledgable and good service.
post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by EpicWinter View Post

I am currently in the market for new boots and am looking for any suggestions on a good "boot fitter" in Idaho. I'm located in Southern Idaho, Twin Falls area to be specific. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

To find a good bootfitter and not just some guy who sells boots in a ski shop, go to a ski town at a mountain that's race-oriented. For you that would be Ketchum. One ski shop there with a strong racer clientele is Ski Tek. Good idea to call and make an appointment, good fitters are busy during the season. They did a fine job for me about 10-11yrs ago.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by jimdh View Post

[...]  Buy the boots and the repeated tweaks are part of the deal. I know they carry a number of brands, but I've only looked at Lange and Fischer (vacuume). Real good guy, knowledgable and good service.

 

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm surprised that your tweaks were part of the deal. When I stopped in there; I was told that if I bought a pair of boots any work/tweaks on the boots would be extra and then I was told how much they charged per hour. The boot I was looking at would have needed quite a bit of work to fit my foot; needless to say I decided to keep looking for a better fitting boot.

 

 

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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post

Greenwoods in Boise is good for buying boots, but I don't like the footbeds they sell. Their boot fitters are good, and they have excellent customer service. They are the only place I would get boots from in Boise.

 

Greenwoods seemed like it had a lot of selection when I stopped in. Unfortunately they were crazy busy the day I stopped by and I didn't have time to wait. 

post #11 of 26
I'm surprised that they would charge for work on a new pair of boots purchased from them. That certainly isn't what we do. The way to avoid them being too busy is to make an appointment with the fitter you want.
post #12 of 26
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I'm surprised that they would charge for work on a new pair of boots purchased from them. That certainly isn't what we do. The way to avoid them being too busy is to make an appointment with the fitter you want.


I thought it was a bit odd myself. And yes I plan on making an appointment; I was just in the area and thought I would see what boots they had.

post #13 of 26
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Does anyone had an opinion on America's Best Boot Fitters Certified? I see that Ski Tek is a participant and that Foot Dynamics isn't.

 

http://www.skitek.us/Skiing.htm

 

http://www.footdynamics.com/about-us/jeff-jacobs-foot-care-expert/

post #14 of 26
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Originally Posted by EpicWinter View Post

Does anyone had an opinion on America's Best Boot Fitters Certified? I see that Ski Tek is a participant and that Foot Dynamics isn't.

http://www.skitek.us/Skiing.htm

http://www.footdynamics.com/about-us/jeff-jacobs-foot-care-expert/

There's a whole bunch of good masters racers at Sun Valley. They run gates on the warm springs side. Go ask some of those guys.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by EpicWinter View Post

Does anyone had an opinion on America's Best Boot Fitters Certified? I see that Ski Tek is a participant and that Foot Dynamics isn't.

http://www.skitek.us/Skiing.htm

http://www.footdynamics.com/about-us/jeff-jacobs-foot-care-expert/
It appears that Foot Dynamics is going to push everyone to custom orthotics and that either they don't sell boots at all or they only sell Dodge boots which are very expensive and not for everyone. I also don't see anything on there about them actually working on boots, e.g. punching, grinding, etc. For those reasons I would put them at the bottom of the list.

Whether someone is on the America's Best Boot FItters list is not a big deal. For instance, there are no fitters listed in the Tahoe area and I personally know a couple of outstanding fitters who are in that area.
Edited by mtcyclist - 1/14/16 at 6:51pm
post #16 of 26
Jeff Jacobs is a very good boot fitter, not a boot salesman. He only does boot fitting by appointment only. Not the guy to go for boots unless you want to get daleboots, but a good fitter. He has a fairly legit background, if you care.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-jacobs-8b983313

The only knock about Greenwoods is they don't really carry any 93-95mm last boots in stock, but they will order them for you gladly. Seeing your post in the ask the boot guys forum that might be a problem. I have 12.5AAA width feet, so I feel your pain.

If you're NOT skiing in custom orthotics I feel bad for you. I don't know why "pushing them" is a bad thing.


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*Master Fit University is a training program for boot fitters in the ski industry. Please note that the “America’s Best Boot Fitter’s” designation touted by Master Fit Enterprises is a “pay to play” program that requires companies to purchase products sold by Master Fit University as well as a yearly subscription fee to be part of their listings. Foot Dynamics is not a participant.

Edited by clink83 - 1/14/16 at 11:38pm
post #17 of 26
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*Master Fit University is a training program for boot fitters in the ski industry. Please note that the “America’s Best Boot Fitter’s” designation touted by Master Fit Enterprises is a “pay to play” program that requires companies to purchase products sold by Master Fit University as well as a yearly subscription fee to be part of their listings. Foot Dynamics is not a participant.

 

This is the quote that made me wonder if it would be better to get footbeds from a store not affiliated with America’s Best Boot Fitter’s.

post #18 of 26
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This is the quote that made me wonder if it would be better to get footbeds from a store not affiliated with America’s Best Boot Fitter’s.

You're way overthinking this. And forget about some list in a magazine. Sun Valley is just up the road from you. Go there to a shop that works with racers and have them work on you. Don't cheap out, custom footbeds are a good thing.......they're something you want if you don't already have them.
post #19 of 26
Probably what I said can be misinterpreted to sound like I'm not a fan of cusotm footbeds. I have them in both of the boots I use, I've made them for my wife, my son and quite a few customers. My point was that his website only references Dodge Boots and says next to nothing about actually fitting ski boots. So to deal with him you have to go someplace and by a pair of boots and then take them to him for fitting? Why not just buy from a knowledgable fitter in the first place and save the added expense for boot work. In order to get the right size, you need to find a bootfitter anyway or be very knowledgable about the fitting process yourself.

I think Ski Tek in Sun Valley is your best bet.
post #20 of 26
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You're way overthinking this. And forget about some list in a magazine. Sun Valley is just up the road from you. Go there to a shop that works with racers and have them work on you. Don't cheap out, custom footbeds are a good thing.......they're something you want if you don't already have them.

 

Yes I know I am overthinking it.

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post
[...]  Why not just buy from a knowledgable fitter in the first place and save the added expense for boot work. In order to get the right size, you need to find a bootfitter anyway or be very knowledgable about the fitting process yourself.

I think Ski Tek in Sun Valley is your best bet.

 

Ski Tek probably is the place to go. I do wish they carried more brands.  They have Dalbello's, Head's, Atomics's, and the dalbello's & atomics I've tried on so far have been to wide. I'm not an expert but that's how they felt to me.

post #21 of 26
Greenwoods carries the women's head raptor 90, if you get a chance to try it on that might be your ticket for a narrow forefoot and limited dorsiflexion. It's narrow through the instep and calves too. The upright stance for a race boot might help you flex it better.
If you have a high instep the dobermann WC 100 might also be a good choice, but it might be hard finding it.

The OP isn't overthinking things, if you have a super low volume foot its a pain in the ass finding boots that fit that aren't 150 flex in SW Idaho. I've been there.
post #22 of 26
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Greenwoods carries the women's head raptor 90, if you get a chance to try it on that might be your ticket for a narrow forefoot and limited dorsiflexion.


Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to Boise this weekend and plan on going to Greenwoods.

post #23 of 26
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I think Ski Tek in Sun Valley is your best bet.

 

I'll probably go to Sun Valley next week to ski and I plan on making an appointment to see which boots Ski Tek suggest.

post #24 of 26

This might be the first time I agree with clink83 about boots.  The head Raptor 90W is a seriously narrow boot, 96mm last for a 26.5, so 94mm at 25.5, 92mm at 24.5, etc.  And it has plenty of high quality plastic for punching and grinding.  The Atomic Redster 90W is a 98mm last so 2mm wider for every size.  It is a very good boot.

post #25 of 26
The Redster has a ton of foward lean, so for someone who has limited ankle flexion it might take up all her ROM
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post

Greenwoods in Boise is good for buying boots, but I don't like the footbeds they sell. Their boot fitters are good, and they have excellent customer service. They are the only place I would get boots from in Boise.

For orthotics and boot fitting Jeff at Foot Dynamics would be my choice. I don't know if he sells a ton of boots, but he's a great fitter and used to run an orthotics lab so he makes great footbeds.


I'd recommend Jeff at Foot Dynamics as well. I had footbeds made at Greenwoods many years ago that came out well, and then another pair 2 years ago. I asked about canting and alignment when they did the second pair and they kind of eyeballed things and said I didn't need anything. Went to Jeff a few weeks ago and he checked range of motion in ankles, etc., and measured 5 degrees off for left leg and 2 degrees off for the right. I'd been playing around with shims for the right boot as that side seemed much weaker and I had a half a-frame with my right leg that I couldn't get rid of. With new posted footbeds that aligned my legs the half a-frame I was fighting disappeared and everything has become a lot easier and more precise. Very happy with the work Jeff did.

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