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Confused about boots

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm wanting to start learning to ski, I'm big researcher in every hobby I get into so Iv read loads on boots online, I had come to the conclusion a pair of Solomon quest access 80s would do the trick as they have sufficient flex for beginners.
I went to my local ski shop and they didn't have them in and all the other boots looked muchly intermediate-advanced.
When I asked he said there is no such thing as a beginners boot as such, he said that a fitting session is required and that an advance boot could well suit if that's what the results say.
Am I being pushed into a £300+ pair of boots for no reason?
post #2 of 15

Although saying that there's no such thing as a beginner boot is not entirely accurate, it doesn't sound like you're being pushed at all.  Without some prior experience, it's extremely hard to choose a ski boot for yourself.  I would spend the time with them and at least find out what their opinion is.

post #3 of 15
With modern ski equipment and some instruction, you will only be a 'beginner' for about 3 days. Progression to intermediate is pretty rapid, buying boots for a beginner performance level wouldn't make much sense.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
That's what I normally say, all my other hobbies I always buy intermediate-pro level, photography, mountain biking, camping etc etc but for some reason the Internet talked me into beginners equipment for skiing, maybe I'm looking at it all wrong 😳
post #5 of 15

For a ski boot fit is the #1 priority.  Don't get focused on one boot before you try several on; they may seem great online but be completely incompatible with your foot/lower leg.  Be very careful with your choice and spend as much time as needed to make it.  This is your most important purchase.  You might want to consider renting or demoing skis until you find the right ones for you, but you can't do that with boots, so go slowly and carefully.

post #6 of 15
Skiing is an expensive sport (like golf). But like all sports equipment, spend the most you can. Cheap equipment will leave you with a bad experience.

Boots are probably the most important piece of ski equipment. Go to a shop that knows what they're talking about. Fit is paramount. Be aware of Big Box shops and on-line offers.

If you are only allowed to differentiate boots by one factor (in reality there is a ton of factors), then it's flex. Although there is no industry standard, beginner type boots will have a lower flex (stiffness).
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah I'm changing my mind about beginners boots, will go for a fit and see what they suggest, my local shop don't do cheap, I think the cheapest boots were £260 atomics
I won't get to a resort this season but I'm only a 2 hr drive from an indoor snozone
post #8 of 15

Hello Ninhydrin


And one more potential suggestion; Since you're being diligent and doing lots of research I'm assuming you've read the EpicSki thread "Which Boot WIll Work For Me"

If not then be sure to read it along with all it's related sub articles.  Invaluable info for educating yourself about boots and what a good boot fitter will do.

post #9 of 15

I guess your not from the USA. But its well documented that "boots are the most important part" before my GF ever started skiing, my boot fitter for over 20 years spent 2 hours with just her trying on 3 boots he thought she'd like after inspecting her feet, watching her walk, looking at her shoes for wear patterns and checking her bone alignment of her legs.


Find a Great boot fitter. You should be able to get a decent boot for about the money your posting. My son just did the same thing with his fiancé in Oct. she had her first day on skis last Sunday. She was very happy in the boots.

post #10 of 15
Just throwing it out there, but this video immediately came to mind after reading your post:
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Jdleuk Iv just joined the forum and have a lot to look at here so thanks for that
Max I'm from Northumberland in the UK, quite remote so I need to travel to find fitters but will be doing so.
Alpha that's very interesting thanks for that I appreciate it.
post #12 of 15
Originally Posted by Ninhydrin View Post

Jdleuk Iv just joined the forum and have a lot to look at here so thanks for that
Max I'm from Northumberland in the UK, quite remote so I need to travel to find fitters but will be doing so.
Alpha that's very interesting thanks for that I appreciate it.

 Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and look for CEM, Colin Martin.  He is in the UK and knows his stuff.

post #13 of 15
Email Colin at Solutions 4 feet but he's a bit of a haul. If you're travelling through Scotland Alain Baxter in Stirling ( yes the British Olympic Medal winner- thanks for nuthin Procter & Gamble) comes recommended. Anything Technical in Kendal might also sort you out though I've no experience.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah Bicester is a 4 and half hour drive so it's a bit far but thanks all the same.
Stirling is doable only 2hrs 30 any contact details for Mr Baxter? I will be going to the lakes camping but not till the weather warms up a little
post #15 of 15
Link on his Wikipedia page
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