or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Has anyone purchased Surefoot boots in Breckenridge?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Has anyone purchased Surefoot boots in Breckenridge?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

We are coming from Virginia to Breckenridge in April so I can purchase new boots (and to ski on them a few days!)

 

I have horribly shaped feet..bunions, hammer toes, tough to fit...and always get cold and uncomfortable.  After having my current boots fit and refit and the Hotronic heaters repaired several times, I'm ready to shell out the big bucks in hoping to find something comfortable.  Does anyone have experience with the Surefoot store in Breckenridge and able to suggest a specific fitter?  I talked on the phone briefly with Ollie, who seems to have 10+ years experience.  I like the idea that Surefoot boots can be re-tweaked at any Surefoot shop.  (None in VA, but happy to hop on a plane to ski somewhere new!)

 

I've also seen positive reviews about Jeff Bergeron.  I have tried but reached him yet.  I am a bit concerned though that I wouldn't be able to return to him for future re-work, if that was to become necessary. 

 

Appreciate any advise...

post #2 of 10

I work part time as an instructor at Breck, some instructors love Surefoot others hate them.  I live in Indiana, just outside of Chicago, and the shop I deal with (Viking Ski Shop) loves Surefoot as they get a lot of business from people very upset with Surefoot and the poor custom fitting service they have received from Surefoot shops.  I personally have never purchased boots at Surefoot so I cannot say from personal experience what they are like.

 

Jeff Bergeron has a good reputation in Breck and I have heard he does a great job, but I have also heard he can be difficult to get an appointment with (he is often booked up).

 

Another Summit County, CO, ski shop that does good work is Precision Ski & Golf in Frisco, Colorado.  Their staff is employed year around and most all of them have many years of experience custom fitting ski boots (they only sell ski boots, they do not sell skis other than their used demo skis).  They make custom golf clubs during the summer months.

 

Another good shop located in Breckenridge is Racers Edge.  Many Breck instructors go there for their ski boots and to get them custom fitted.

post #3 of 10

A friend who had a bunion issue went there. The boots fit well but leaked around the tongue, causing wet feet.  I don't know the final outcome as he lived far away.

post #4 of 10

Moisture getting in the boot from the shell overlap is relatively easy to solve, even if it is an inconvenience.  I often have this problem because I have a wide foot so the boots need to be "blown out" to fit my wide foot.  After "blowing out" the boots the overlap does not seal completely.  If there is any fresh snow at all I have to put a piece of duck tape over the overlap (under the buckles) before buckling the boot up to seal the boot so snow/moisture does not enter the boot via the overlap.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

To provide an update -- I ended up getting boots from Chuck at Racers Edge and I could not be happier.  Based on info on this site, I tried to see Jeff Bergeron, but he was out of the town the particular weekend we went to Breck.  So I saw Chuck instead and he fit me with one of the newer Fischer vacuum technology boots and a custom footbed.    He knew his stuff!   My feet are in pretty bad shape from years of heels and doing sports and always get cold.  Chuck was thorough and patient and his costs were reasonable.  He explained more than podiatrists about how my feet work and why I feel various pressure points.  He spent nearly an hour measuring and analyzing my feet, legs, and stance.   He also moved my Hotronics heaters from my exisiting boots to the new ones and fastened the batteries on in a much better way.  

post #6 of 10

Just wait until you find out how COLD those Vacuums are. I had two pairs at the beginning of this season, and after fitting them, I had both Therm-ic heaters AND bought some Boot Gloves and still couldn't stay consistently warm, which is reportedly a known issue with Vacuums.

 

After trying every other remedy (been doing this skiing thing for 42 years and have NEVER had a perfect foot boot) I went to the Surefoot in Park City and, so far, it's been nirvana, and in fact, bight another pair that live at Whistler. Both are Nordica Cruise 110 shells.

 

Hopefully you find a way to keep those Vacuum's warm, but ultimately you might find yourself at Surefoot.

post #7 of 10
Racers Edge is a fabulous shop and they know their business.
post #8 of 10
No doubt the Vacuum Fischers are cold. On the other hand they are wonderfully responsive and great fitting boots. I don't love Surefoot. Their approach seems to be to put their clients in a shell one size too big and stuff it with foam. Skis like crap; warm though.
post #9 of 10

I got the same size as

Quote:
Originally Posted by HardDaysNight View Post

No doubt the Vacuum Fischers are cold. On the other hand they are wonderfully responsive and great fitting boots. I don't love Surefoot. Their approach seems to be to put their clients in a shell one size too big and stuff it with foam. Skis like crap; warm though.


I got the same size shell as usual. When I thought there was a nbit much heel lift, they refoamed. I know some have a hard-on for Surefoot, but they've been VERY reponsive to me, and after decades of searching for something that fit right, they've come closest.

post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by JustAddWaterGal View Post
 

To provide an update -- I ended up getting boots from Chuck at Racers Edge and I could not be happier.  Based on info on this site, I tried to see Jeff Bergeron, but he was out of the town the particular weekend we went to Breck.  So I saw Chuck instead and he fit me with one of the newer Fischer vacuum technology boots and a custom footbed.    He knew his stuff!   My feet are in pretty bad shape from years of heels and doing sports and always get cold.  Chuck was thorough and patient and his costs were reasonable.  He explained more than podiatrists about how my feet work and why I feel various pressure points.  He spent nearly an hour measuring and analyzing my feet, legs, and stance.   He also moved my Hotronics heaters from my exisiting boots to the new ones and fastened the batteries on in a much better way.  

 

Just chiming in on this thread because it mentions Jeff and Breck.

 

I got a pair of boots fitted with Jeff Bergeron first week this past February, and I have been very happy with them.  I had a similar concern that I would have trouble getting them tweaked further, since I am not a Breck local and I was only going to ski there for just 2 days.  However, he was able to recommend a fitter in Park City should I have problems during my next ski trip (a week or so after the trip to Breck).

 

It ended up that I have not needed any tweaks to the boots other than the magic he performed the day of the fitting.  I have skied 11 days in these boots since.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Has anyone purchased Surefoot boots in Breckenridge?