|Originally posted by L7:
I'm not sure I understand why anyone would buy a boot called beast or for that matter doberman. Will someone come out with a boot called 'crippler' soon?
Three weeks ago, I, a 43 year old woman, couldn't have agreed more. Yet today, I bought the Dobermans!
Why? Because I am a pathetic crackhead and I can't tolerate my painful, old, leaky, too big for me and wrong from the get-go boots one day longer!!!
After 3 weeks of shopping locally, online, and calling around the country, (practically a full time job), the dobe's (as I like to call them) seemed to be the best (actually, only) boots available to me in a timely manner. And I only sought them out because they came highly recommended by my "committee" of respected bootfitters.
Even sillier, I had to phone charge them from a shop in Michigan, without trying them on first. This very cool shop will let me ship them back if I change my mind, (which I am always on the verge of doing with any major purchase anyway) even before your sassy little comment! (Fabulous shop in Michigan, especially Mark, you are hereby officially exempted from the nasty comments below in this email.)
Maybe Pierre will have something further to report on this bizarre phenomenon after this weekend, since I will be rendezvousing with my new "doggies" (thanks UPS) at a hotel near Pierre's home area, for a night of bootfitting debauchery, (with the boots, not Pierre.)
He'll probably hear my S/M style shrieks of pain all the way from his house...
Hope this helps to answer your question. Sorry to take your very reasonable question and use it as a launching point for this rather emotional rant. I have had to go to such ridiculous efforts to even talk to someone on the phone who has a boot appropriate for my size and skier type that all my usual "standards" have gone out the window, along with half of my sanity.
I hope some boot manufacturing "big dogs" (pun intended) are listening, but I know if they are...they will just emit a loud and evil laugh (and or bark). They know that people like me, who will go to these absured lengths for their skiing fix, are putty in their hands...
If anyone with a heart in the boot business can hear me, I implore you to improve this wretched distribution system. And don't you dare tell me I need to do my shopping in the fall, when inventories are high. My frazzled mind can't think of any other product that makes such a demand on it's customers.
In my ideal world, the forces of cosmic justice would make sure this email gets to my superheroes of choice - the women of K2!!! You did it with women's skis, wonderfully, now, can you help us with the boots? (BTW, I own K2 skis and rollerblades and love them.)