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That would be Brad at Hi-Tempo.....
He probably is the best boot fitter in Minnesota.
I have also worked with Dave Hinz at Pierce, he is terrific. BUT, call ahead for an appointment, he is always booked.
If your really, really lucky you might be able to schedule an on hill assessment. He does a few a year.
Hinz is the man. I had foot surgery back in April to fix an issue and wanted to start fresh after the "foot work." Hinz and I decided on the RX130 and they are fantastic in terms of fit.
Dave is a solid choice, but I will stand by Brad at Hi-Tempo.......
That is the Shop skion was referring to in the post.
I know of a few people from Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (coaches) that come to the Twin Cities just to see Brad and get work done. Hi-Tempo doesn't have the Selection that Pierce has on Skis and accessories, but if you are only talking boots, and fitting of boots I would count on Brad above anyone in the area. Not that I would say no, don't go to Pierce. I think if someone told me they were going somewhere else, other than Pierce or Hi-Tempo, I probably would try to talk them out of it.
I've been to Joe's (couple of different folks), Pierce (Dave Hinz) and HiTempo (Brad Nelson).
Keeping a long story short--the first version of this post was novellete-length--here's my experience:
Joe's is a little more casual than worked for me as a relative newby (so, not really knowing what I need). If you knew to do it, you could make an appointment with one of their bootfitters, but if you didn't do that, whoever happened to be on the floor would be happy to sell you boots.
Dave Hinz clearly knows his stuff, has done some *radical* boot alteration for special-needs feet. But he (Pierce in general, in my experience) is impatient with less-experienced skiers that don't really know what they need, yet. They really cater to racers and other highly-skilled folks.
Brad Nelson is the best known of several bootfitters with good reputations at HiTempo. He's patient, knowledgeable, and *listens*. My boots aren't perfect yet, but they're getting closer, and he's the reason.