Originally Posted by SkierXMan
I was in a shop here in Ohio today looking for a new set of ski poles. There was a bootfitter on duty fitting some guy for footbeds. I got to talking to him and asked him if he did canting or boot planing work. He said they perform this service but only for racers. I told him I wasn't a racer and he looked confused as to why I would want canting done on my boots. He said only racers have their soles ground for canting because it gives them a quicker edge response. He said he never heard of recreational skiers getting their boots canted. I told him a lot of people have this work done and he gave me a look like he didn't believe me. What the heck...Is this a typical response for a lot of ski shops?
That seems to be about par for the course here in Ohio. With support like that it makes you really want to go right out and get new, finely tuned equipment.
I got new boots last year from one of the local Ohio shops. Unfortunately I did it before I started reading this DB. They never did a shell fit and I ended up in a 28.0 boot when I should have been in a 27.0. Granted I have problem feet. My foot sizes are >1 size different left to right and I have high insteps with the shorter foot having a really high instep. Since the bootfitter was more concerned about for comfort than performance, I ended up in too large of a boot. I know better now - my bad.
Looking at the skis and boots on display at the 4 OH ski shops this fall, there is very little there for experts. Also, from my experience, the bootfitting and alignment services are very limited. The best shop at least did a shell fit and seemed to have a good idea about how to do the footbeds and modify the shell. However, when I asked how they did cuff alignment and cants I got funny looks. I got footbeds, booster straps and cuff alignment - didn't need cants - in CO last Spring with a reputable bootfitter and it made a world of difference. I skied skied so much better after that with a lot less effort, so I know the value of those services.
IMNSHO, it's too bad these shops don't offer better bootfitting and alignment services. Skiers here could use it (me included.) I wonder when one of these shops in OH will step up to the plate and hit a home run. It would be nice not to have to travel 1000 miles to find a decent bootfitter/alignment specialist.