Originally Posted by Snomuffin
Thank you.......I will give it a try........And just before I read your reply/answer, I had been looking at the Diablo Flame on the Gear Guide! I have found it is hard to find a bootditter first/salesman second! Skiing was great today in Central New York! Thanks again.....
Call your local shop(s) in advance and ask to talk to the owner or boot manager. Tell him your dilema and that you want to have their best boot fitter to wait on you and make an appointment.
Don't eliminate other boot brand and models. Let the fitter suggest different boots. Salomon makes some great boots as does Nordica. The Nordica Beasts (10,12, or 14) might be the boot for you. Try on at least 3 different boots to find the best fitting boot for you. Also, the shell size can vary from boot to boot. For example, I am a 29 in almost every boot but need a 30 in Tecnica. Focus on fit above all else. If you do not have a custom footbed consider getting one. They generally cost between $100-150 and take 30-60 minutes to make and fit to your boots. They correct most minor alignment problems and eliminate most movement within the boot to enhance performance and comfort.
If inventory is low and you cannot find a suitable boot then wait until next fall when you will have a full selection. Price is really secondary for a boot. It is your most important piece of equipment and it is better to pay more than to buy the wrong boot at a bargain price.