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Best boot fitter in Ohio?

post #1 of 9
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I'm planning on buying new ski boots this year. I'd like to "do it right" this time around and get a true custom fit solution. I've gone through multiple pairs of boots that seem to fit well off the shelf only to end up with sore feet. My main problem is I get cramping in the soles of my feet suggesting part of the circulation is getting cut off.

I currently live in Columbus, Ohio. I went to a few local shops here and was not impressed. Most don't offer a true custom fitting solution.

My original plan was to get a pair of boots done while up in Whistler this coming February, but it would be nice to get a pair done before then so I have them when I go.

I checked out the http://www.bootfitters.com/FIND_SHOP.htm website and found two shops in Ohio - both near Cleveland:

Geiger's Ski and Sport Haus - http://www.bootfitters.com/shops/mid...iSportHaus.htm

Chagrin's Ski Haus - http://www.shopgeigers.com/

Anyone have any experience with either of these shops? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 9
My opinion is save the bootfitting for a trip out West or East to one of the bigger ski towns. I have been to both the shops you mentioned. I live in the Cleveland area. In my opinion neither seems to know what they are doing when it comes to boot fitting. How they managed to get the master bootfitter desgination is beyond me. Run, don't walk from Geiger's. I dont think Ohio is the best place to shop for a serious bootfitter.

For instance 2 seasons ago at the Ski Haus in Chagrin Falls I brought my boots in and when I asked about canting they kept referring to the cant adjustment on the upper boot cuff and acted confused when I ask about cant alignment of the boot itself on the ski. Finally a guy came over with a protractor and had me stand on a block and measured the angle my knee bowed out when standing in my boots by placing the protractor against my knee. That was it. I asked if they had a more accurate technique and the guy got real testy. I just left. They do make custom footbeds but no way would I buy it from them. Everything is rushed, they don't ask you any questions at all.

I also watched people at both stores trying on boots. Nobody was really doing shell fits or anything and the reps(mainly younger kids) were telling people 'make sure the boots are comfortable' etc..like they were fitting shoes. I am totally bewildered how they were awarded master bootfitter desgination.

I had to go to Jackson Hole before I really found a good bootfitter and will bring my new boots with me on a trip to get them worked over. They asked me what my skiing style/skill was..had me try on numerous models and did a good job of custom footbeds and stance alingment over a few visits.

At the shops in Ohio its more like "Here's your boots, your footbeds, have fun and thanks for shopping with us !"
post #3 of 9

Akron, tho.

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Originally Posted by KutterMax
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post #4 of 9
It's a hike for you from Columbus (5 HRS), but there are a couple of good shops in Elicottville, NY. that will be able to provide the type of service you desire.

I see it here in Pa. too in the shops. I have yet to witness anybody doing a shell fit.
post #5 of 9
I can't help with a good bootfitter in Ohio, but I'd love to get the answer if someone else knows of one. I also tried to buy boots in one of the shops near Columbus, and wasn't impressed at all. My feet are small, even for someone my height (around 5'1"), and yet the salesman insistently tried to sell me a relatively wide Salomon boot in a size 24 because it would be "more comfortable". When I told him it was too big and really wouldn't work, he asked me why not.

By comparison, I wound up buying Lange kids' race boots - in NY, not Ohio - in a size 3.5, which I believe is more like a 21.5. And they are just right. (well, ok, I admit I'd a bit more width in the toes. But that's the liner, which can probably be stretched. The shell fit is perfect.)
post #6 of 9
The Ski shops in Ohio are more like sporting good retailers. You can tell by the layout of the stores. The front of the store typically contains rows and rows of winter clothing items- jackets, gloves, the latest fashions etc. Usually you have to look hard to find the ski gear itself. The skis are usually tucked away in some corner all jammed up against the wall. In fact at Geigers in Chagrin Falls the skis are in an upstairs loft all thrown together and disheveled. You have to ask where the skis are and you are directed up the stairs and the first thing you see are rows and rows of helmets. Skis and boots are displayed like an accessory and occupy a tiny fraction of the back wall. I have noticed ski shops out West and East all have the skis and boots as the primary item and its usually the first thing you see when you walk in. This says a lot about what their primary objective and strengths are IMO.

I was in a local shop here last year looing for a booster strap and the guy had no idea what I was talking about. When i explained what it was the guy went to ask the manager and he came back and said said sorry we don't sell any velcro power straps and you will have to go to the manufacturer for that if your's is busted.

I have only been alpine skiing a couple of years but have been X Country for a decade and have purchased from local ships here in NE Ohio. That being said if you know what you are looking for and its in stock its OK but if it involves any type of fitting or you want any serious advice wait until you go somewhere where skiing is more mainstream.
post #7 of 9
I purchased new boots last year from The Skismith and had an excellent bootfitter. Unfortunately, I can't remember his name. He definitely knew what he was doing though. He spent about an hour with me getting me fitted properly. One of the things he said is that most people make the mistake of getting boots in a larger size than they need and then when they pack out, your foot is way too loose. I think he said you typically should be looking at something one to two sizes smaller than your normal shoe size. Since you're in Columbus, I think it would be worth it to go in and talk to them and ask for the best bootfitter there and if, after talking to them, you're not satisfied, then go to a ski shop in ski country.
post #8 of 9
I live in Dayton and it's pretty much the same here. I went to the local shop last year adn was fit for comfort and ended up in a boot at least a size to big. Fortunately, I found a shop in Steamboat that but in custom footbeds and booster straps. I wouldn't go back there for boots.

I did find a shop in Zanesfield, near MRM, that does shell fits. I will have to see their process in action to confirm their competency. In my limited experience, they seem to be more knowledgeable about equipment than the shop in Dayton.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by KutterMax
I checked out the http://www.bootfitters.com/FIND_SHOP.htm website and found two shops in Ohio - both near Cleveland:

Geiger's Ski and Sport Haus - http://www.bootfitters.com/shops/mid...iSportHaus.htm

Chagrin's Ski Haus - http://www.shopgeigers.com/

Anyone have any experience with either of these shops? Any other suggestions?
KutterMax,

I'm pretty sure your two links are for the same place (looks like they relocated this summer and the ABB site has an old link that's still working). Eitherway, I don't think you'll find what you're looking for at the Ski&Sport Haus.

Sounds like a good reason to make an early season excursion out west!
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