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New England Bootfitter wanted!

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Growing up as a ski racer, I know there have always been many bootfitters out there, but there is always one shop--usually one PERSON that EVERYONE goes to see to have boots dug out, and to make custom insoles. I have a pair of Tecnica Race boots in desperate need of digging out (nowadays, race boots are MADE to be dug out from the inside to fit the individual feet of each person). Does anyone know who the reputable bootfitters are in New England? I'm located in Boston, so the closer, obviously the better!

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 23
I personally go to Linda and Phil from Ski Stop in Westwood.

http://www.skistopmass.com

They are listed on Epic Ski's list of certified bootfitters, are close to Boston, and they are nice people who know what they are doing.

I know some people go to Bob Smith's Wilderness House on Comm Ave but I do not have any experience with them.
post #3 of 23
Dan Lewis at Stan and Dan Sports in North Conway, N.H. He is first rate.
post #4 of 23
It'd be a hike, but Greg Hoffman in Green Mountain Orthotics at Stratton is one of the most reputable in NE, other than that, I would recomend Lief from Strand's in Worcester
post #5 of 23
PJ Dewey has an excellent reputation if you want race boots. He is an ex-WC boot tech, so he knows his stuff.

www.racestocksports.com
post #6 of 23
Ditto on PJ / Todd, well worth the ride!

racestocksports.com
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
thanks all for the great advice!
post #8 of 23
With gas prices the way they are I would chose someplace closer even if there are awesome shops in VT and NH.
post #9 of 23
I'll second Green Mountain Orthotics for footbeds, they did a good job on mine. No experience with shell mods, so I can't comment.

Scalce makes a good point---you could, I suppose, spend as much getting there 2 or 3 times for tweaks---as the mods themselves (and possibly the boots) cost. On the other hand---the boot needs to fit properly...........
post #10 of 23
Green Mountain Orthotics and Inner Bootworks seem to have some great people. I would say Benny Wax is a very acomplished bootfiter and you might have more luck with him than PJ.
post #11 of 23
I'll second (third? fourth?) the recs for GMOL, Inner Bootworks, and PJ/racestocksports.com, but also add Basin Ski Shop at Killington, and Boston's own Gordon Hay (if he's available these days, as he used to be - still is? - affiliated w/ Bob Smith's Wildnerness house).
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Shefftz
I'll second (third? fourth?) the recs for GMOL, Inner Bootworks, and PJ/racestocksports.com, but also add Basin Ski Shop at Killington, and Boston's own Gordon Hay (if he's available these days, as he used to be - still is? - affiliated w/ Bob Smith's Wildnerness house).
The guy at Basin (can't remember his name, but he was the top boot guy) was also very good, he was able to help me when I was in a real jam last season.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Shefftz
I'll second (third? fourth?) the recs for GMOL, Inner Bootworks, and PJ/racestocksports.com, but also add Basin Ski Shop at Killington, and Boston's own Gordon Hay (if he's available these days, as he used to be - still is? - affiliated w/ Bob Smith's Wildnerness house).

Gordon has left the building!!

Johnathan, Gordo is no longer doing his thig at Bob Smiths.

Word has it he moved on over to Montana to raise himself up some dental floss ;D
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Decided to go with Green Mountain Orthotics. Appointment this Sunday. It's gonna be a steep trip, but I keep telling myself you can't put a price on comfort.
post #15 of 23
Good luck

Hopefully you don't have to go back multiple times.
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
just curious...why would I need to go back? Is it common? I've got the all for one pass, so it's no biggie anyway.
post #17 of 23
Number one, you may need additional grinding, padding, or tweaking of the boot throughout the season.

Number two, isn't GMOL at Stratton and not at an ASC resort?
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scalce
Number one, you may need additional grinding, padding, or tweaking of the boot throughout the season.


Number two, isn't GMOL at Stratton and not at an ASC resort?
yes, but it's not too far from Mt. Snow.
post #19 of 23
Innerbootworks at Stowe. Also called "boots 'n boards"
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by SkiStarr90
Innerbootworks at Stowe. Also called "boots 'n boards"
Inner Bootworks is at Pinnacle, not Boots 'n Boards.
post #21 of 23
good choice to go to green mtn orthotics. they do great work there. it will be well worth the trip. those guys seem to be innovators, coming up with new ways to fix problems before everyone else. have been to others, but something about that place.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Gotama
Gordon has left the building!!

Johnathan, Gordo is no longer doing his thig at Bob Smiths.

Word has it he moved on over to Montana to raise himself up some dental floss ;D
He gave the usual Gordo Guffaw when I mentioned the MT rumor to him just now over the phone.
Anyway, as I posted elsewhere in threads that referenced him (four in the past couple months!), the man has resurfaced in Marblehead (i.e., North Shore of Boston) and will soon be introducing some radical new stuff (details to be revealed...) at this website:
http://www.alinesystems.com
post #23 of 23
if it doesn't work out, go to Stan and Dans sports in North Conway NH.
Top notch boot fitters, ask for Dan or Dickie!!
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