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Colorado Bears - where should I get "aligned"?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm having a real problem deciding where to go to get my Dalbello Kryptons "dialed in" and get a stance alignment. I'm in the market for new footbeds and I have purposely not purchased another replacement liner for them until I pick someone to handle my alignment. I've come to the conclusion that I just don't have enough information to make an educated decision so I'm hoping some of you can help.

Here is a short list of the shops that I'm considering to do the work.

The Custom Foot (inside Mountain Miser) - I've spoken with Lee Kinney a few times and he seems quite knowledgeable. He uses the Conform'able footbed system (semi-weighted) and Conform'able liners.

Harb Ski Systems - I know that this is a "loaded" one, but I've heard good things about their services.

Precision Ski in Frisco - Haven't heard anything special about their services, but they are a top ranked shop. They do carry the Shim Balance System (SBS) that I've heard good things about.

Le Feet Lab in Winter Park - They also seem to have a great reputation. They use ZipFit liners and have their own custom footbed system.

Gravity Jones in Vail - Great shop in Vail.

Double Diamond in Vail - Ditto.

A Racer's Edge - They also have the SBS process like Precision Ski.

Any thoughts on the choices I've listed? Personal Experience? Anyone I should be considering that isn't on the list? I've heard too many horror stories about Surefoot so don't even mention them please!

I'm willing to spend the money to get it done right this time, but I want to increase my odds of success by choosing a proven winner.
post #2 of 16
I usually do my own aligning...not so much alone. I usually have my buddy Johnny Walker helping. I get aligned real well.
post #3 of 16
Our own Jeff Bergeron, Boot Fixation, Breck. He did my Kryptons for me. As many Bears will attest, he's one of the best in the country.
post #4 of 16
Check out Jaques at Le Feet Lab in Winter Park. Quick drive from Denver. He specializes in Dalbello boots. He has a website: http://www.lefeetlab.com/I haven't used him in some years, but he made my footbeds and i was very pleased; he's listed as a recommended bootfitter by EpicSki.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I usually do my own aligning...not so much alone. I usually have my buddy Johnny Walker helping. I get aligned real well.
were you properly aligned when you typed that? :
post #6 of 16
Noodler,

Larry Houchen is an excellent alignment specialist and boot fitter. He used to work for Boulder Ski Deals, now has his own shop right near Boulder Ski Deals - unfortunately, I don't remember the name of his shop. I also recommend Sue Booker, who manages the Sport Shop at Loveland Ski Area. As has already been mentioned, Jeff Bergeron is one of the best.

Jim
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
were you properly aligned when you typed that? :
Absotively.
post #8 of 16
I second Jeff Bergeron -- simply phenomenal. I used to wince just walking from the car to the lift in the morning until I took my boots to Jeff. Now I can wear them all day, several days in a row without the slightest hint of discomfort. He used to work out of Norway Haus in Breck I think?
post #9 of 16
Noodler, I noticed on the other thread that you were thinking about going to the ESA. Just to throw in another carrot for it - at the last ESA, Bud Heismann skiied with every group, and did alignment work - he even brought an angle grinder with him.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
WTFH - Yes, I noticed that, but he's not on the list for the ESA this year. It looks like he's trying to get an ESA West going instead.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Noodler
Harb Ski Systems - I know that this is a "loaded" one, but I've heard good things about their services.
I've had alignment and footbeds made by Harb Ski Systems.

The Harb Ski System approach is very thorough with many measurements taken. It took longer than the other fittings I've had done. When you are done you know exactly what needs to be improved with your alignment and what the method for getting there is. They also check you on snow when you are finished.

The Harb Ski System footbeds feel great and ski better than my previous custom footbeds.

With regards to alignment, Harb Ski Systems told me exactly what my alignment was and even showed it to me on the video we had of my skiing. Other fitters have told me my alignment was right on which I was suspicious about because its more difficult for me to turn in one direction than the other (note, its not a big difference and I have always compensated for it, but I could feel the difference).
post #12 of 16
This is probably a blasphemy here, but I think most alignment jobs are a waste of time unless you have a severe problem, because you can't recreate on a shop floor the conditions you encounter skiing. If you are going to the ESA have Bud align you. He'll set up you on his bench then he'll go out and watch you ski making adjustments as needed. He had to tweak alignments for some skiers multiple times until he got it right but he did get it right which wouldn't have been possible without the on-snow observations. I was highly impressed (and I'm quite a skeptic.)
post #13 of 16
Before I did my fitting with Jeff Bergeron, I sent him a video clip of my skiing. So when I went in for my appointment, he already had an idea of what could be "off". Short of having an on-snow fitting like Rio mentions, sending in a video clip beforehand might be the best option.
post #14 of 16
Jim Lindsay in Aspen. He posts here occassionally
as Boottech, Inc. I know many people who have
been to various bootfitters and alignment people
who have gone to Jim and will not go anywhere else.
It is worth the drive and the $ to do so. Plus, he is
at Aspen Highlands so make an early morning appointment
and go skiing for the rest of the day.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by JimL
Noodler,

Larry Houchen is an excellent alignment specialist and boot fitter. He used to work for Boulder Ski Deals, now has his own shop right near Boulder Ski Deals - unfortunately, I don't remember the name of his shop. I also recommend Sue Booker, who manages the Sport Shop at Loveland Ski Area. As has already been mentioned, Jeff Bergeron is one of the best.

Jim
Larry's Boot Fitting, Spruce at 28th, right next to Boulder Outdoor Center
post #16 of 16
Jeff B will go out and ski with you, too. He is great. I have used both him and Bud (who did some tweaking with canting my soles).
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