For the time being I'm going to wait to hear back from Jeff Rich. I'll see what he has to say. My fiance and I are taking a weekend up in Southern Vt in a few weeks (with the understanding that I'm going to spend an absurd amount of time on Saturday or Sunday fitting ski boots
). I'm either going to use GMOL in Stratton or go back to Hal at Northern Ski Works in Killington.
My situation is this. I bought a new pair of boots last year after using the same pair for ~8years. Last year toward the end of the season I had boots fit at Northern. They didn't have anything left in my performance category in my size, so they brought out a shell from the year before (Tech. Icon Alu) and custom foamed me a liner. The shell was still a 1/2 size too big and the foam job didn't turn out that great (I had the boots looked at by a number of different people in Tahoe when I was out there last year and they all agree that the job was a bit botched and the fit wasn't right). I called Northern a few weeks ago and they said they'd take a look at them and probably take them back. If so, I feel I'm locked into working with them. They seem like good people and Hal, the guy that worked with me, seemed like he really knew his shit. He wasn't too excited at the time about putting me in those boots, but they were the only thing around that worked. He seems like a good guy, honest and knowledgable, and I still trust his boot fitting skills. That said, I'd like this Jeff Rich guy to take a look at my feet and make an assesment.
If there's one thing I've learned in 20 odd years of skiing, it's that NOTHING matters if your boots don't fit right. Put me out there naked with a pair of 20 year old Olin Mark VI's and I'll still be happy if my boots fit right.
I wouldn't buy from any store in the city. Don't trust 'em. I also wouldn't feel too comfortable with any store in Westchester or Jersey...I grew up in suburbia, my friends used to work at stores like that in Detroit...I wouldn't let them fit my boots.
Thanks for all your advice!
As for Jeff Rich and GMOL, how much do their services cost? PM me if you don't feel comfortable discussing this publicly.