Originally Posted by ski_steep
That's when he made the profound comment about having a ton of boots and they could fit me in a boot regardless of manufacturer.
if this is what the guy said, it was probably more to say that he could get you into A BOOT, he just wasn't sure which. he should have told you to come in and have your foot evaluated, etc. shops try to buy a range of boots to fit every foot well, and then customize the best boot from there for individual feet.
take these comments with a grain of salt. i am trying to explain the thought process of a bootfitter. i am not trying to be condescending.
customers call all the time looking for a specific boot. oftentimes it is because a friend tells them that so and so boot is the best. boots come down to fit. as a bootfiter, it's a hard call about whether to say, yeah, i have that boot, come in and we'll try it on you or getting all rhetorical on the phone. i struggle with this constantly. i stand on the side of the fence where it's ok to tell people that the boot they call about may not be best, but we'll start there and work it out. there are alot of customers who are positive, without ever having tried a certain boot on, that they know what size and what model they need. the average consumer is rarely right about this. i am not saying ski_steep is the average customer, but this is what bootfitters assume.
the stuggle is also to figure out the difference between what a consumer says they need and what a consumer actually needs. the problem is, the consumer holds the credit card, so they should ultimately make the decision. bootfitters are, however, afraid, that if they are not striaghtforward enough with customers, they might have alot of angry customers back in the store saying their new boots are horrible for some reason that the bootfitter tried to address but the consumer didn't want to hear. again, not saying this is you, ski_steep.
i have had people call about buying a high end boot from me. i ask them to bring their skis in so we can adjust the bindings. they bring in snowblades. think about this in regards to sitting on the other end of the phone listening to someone tell you what boot they need/want/etc.
the best thing to do is ignore him enough that you can tell him you want to start with those boots, but that you are open to suggestions based on the way those two boots feel. if he cannot do this, find another bootfitter.
the new dobermann this year is not the same dobermann they have been offering the last couple of years. it is wider (ever so slightly, but nontheless noticeable) and more user friendly. only the world cup 150 retains the fit of the first generation dobermann. yes, they call it a race boot, no it's not just for racers. and the flex, while stiff, will not blow a person who is accustomed to a high end boot out of the water (esp. in the 110).
does this help?