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Beginner Boot Help - how much to invest in first purchase

post #1 of 6
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Hi all,


Looking for some much needed advice as I look to buy my first pair of boots before the season begins.


I am still a beginner, but for the first winter since childhood - will be able to spend a significant amount of time on the slopes to hopefully make a big improvement by season's end. 


I have a pair of hand-me-down skis, but my question is how much should I invest in boots at this stage of my abilities? A close friend swears by Surefoot's product, but I have concerns about investing significantly now, and needed an upgrade in 2 years based on my expected improvements with an increase in mountain time. 


Am I over thinking? Should I just make the investment and stick with them?



post #2 of 6

I would look at $200-$400 now, see how skiing goes, and then upgrade as needed.


Who knowos what the futur might hold,  you might like more ski touring,   more racing,  or cruising blue runs on sunny days between coffee stops.



when/if you need another boot, then go get it, when you know what skiiing is for you.

post #3 of 6

boots are the single most important piece of your equipment. do not skimp on the boot process. you will be rewarded with a much quicker learning curve and with the perfect choice made you will not need to buy another boot until this correct purchase wears out, which if you buy the boot in the $500 to $650 range you will buy a boot with a liner that will last up to 150 skier days.


if you have any hope of making skiing a sport that you enjoy and excel at, the minimum retail price to get in the game is $400. plus the cost of a trim to fit or custom footbed.


there is not a boot under $400 that is worth owning. under $400 you get a pos liner, shell materials that are not suitable to drive a ski, and shell geometry that is designed for the bar stool, not clicking into a binding. the ski magazines stopped testing boots under $400 years ago, because the testers could not in good conscience recommend those products to the consumer for either fit or performance. the term good ski boot under $400 is an oxymoron. and the moron part belongs to the boot suppliers that cannot understand why one, they are having trouble attracting new skiers to the sport, and two, why the ski industry is having trouble retaining skiers in the sport. and the ski retailers need to buck up and take responsibility for buying that crap from suppliers and dumping it on unsuspecting skiers...


as a beginner do you need a boot with a custom injected liner? not necessarily, but that will be better for your skiing than buying a boot that retails for under $400 bucks. Keeping in mind that i am saying that $400 is the minimum. 


good luck



post #4 of 6

100% agree with Jim


boot manufacturers live the terms beginner, intermediate, advanced and experts... if you look at the range i stock in our store it would appear we only stock advanced and expert boots


how about we change those words beginner, intermediate... to the following....CRAP, OK, GOOD and GREAT  this is the qualities of the materials the shell palstics the liner and the hardware used on the boots... and i don't know many people who want a crap pair of boots or even an OK pair... everyone should have at least a good pair if not a great pair


good luck getting sorted and have a great season




post #5 of 6

200% agree with Jim and CEM.  Thing is in my opinion you shouldn't be talking price range at all, you should be talking fit.  If your foot is average volume or width, so C or D width you will certainly as they said be into the $500-$600 dollar price range to get a good boot.  But you will get a very good boot that will absolutely help you ski better faster.


As Jim said $400 boots especially is you are serious about the sport are not worth owning.  If you like there is an article on our website that I wrote for Ski Canada.  It explains the manufacture and design process and why you shouldn't be paying attention to price at all but should instead be paying attention to width and volume.


Good luck!



post #6 of 6

Sorry forgot on thing site is www.lous.ca

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