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boot fitter in Minnesota?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I live in Duluth, MN. Just wondering if anyone has had or heard of experienced help with heat molding around Minnesota.
thanks
post #2 of 16
Try Mason at Hoigaard's or Lee Joe's sporting goods in St. Paul
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice
post #4 of 16
I agree with Joes, but you may also want to try the ski shop on highway 61 in White Bear Lake.

I know 3 instructors that go their just for fitting. I can get they guys name if you need it. It is an OK shop with a great boot department.

Joes is always great, but make sure you call them (or any shop) first and ask for their best boot fitter. Then set up a time to meet with them. It is always better than stopping by and getting whomever.

Good Luck
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Originally Posted by skion View Post

I agree with Joes, but you may also want to try the ski shop on highway 61 in White Bear Lake.

I know 3 instructors that go their just for fitting. I can get they guys name if you need it. It is an OK shop with a great boot department.

Joes is always great, but make sure you call them (or any shop) first and ask for their best boot fitter. Then set up a time to meet with them. It is always better than stopping by and getting whomever.

Good Luck

That would be Brad at Hi-Tempo.....

 

He probably is the best boot fitter in Minnesota.

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post #7 of 16
Pierce Skate and Ski. We worked with Dave Hinz (they call him the boot whisperer). Great experience and great service. Regardless of who you go with calling ahead is great point as skion suggested.
post #8 of 16

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.

post #9 of 16

I went through Joe's and had excellent results, but I have a very normal shaped foot.   My fitter was an older gentleman who is balding and I believe usually does their X Country Ski stuff.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by RCC55125 View Post
 

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.

post #11 of 16

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.

post #12 of 16

I have also had very good experiences working with Dave at Pierce.

post #13 of 16

I will also give two thumbs up for the staff at Pierce. They are there year round, they know their gear.

post #14 of 16

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.

post #15 of 16
I' m sorry MInnesotans but when I saw the White Bear Lake reference I immediately thought of ex wrestling great Jumping Jim Brunzell. It's great to know you can find excellent boot fitting in the same community.

Thirty years ago I used to get up to St.Paul to visit my brother in law and we watched wrestling.I'll be changing planes this Sat morning in the Twin Cities on my way to Denver.
post #16 of 16

I've said many times, there are a number of ski "retailers" in the Twin Cities and there are one or two ski "pro shops."  YMMV.

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