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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I own my skis (Volkl Carver Motion) but I've always rented boots because of a weirdly shaped left foot that most often causes me pains. I've never felt I could just go into a store and buy a pair of boots with certainty because of this issue.

This year, I want to bite the bullet and purchase a pair of boots. I've been recommended Bob Smith's Wilderness House in Boston where I live. Can I trust anyone to select a pair of boots in the store ? From what I gather Dave and Gordon are only available by appointment to create a custom footbed, they don't help you select the actual boots. How comfortable should I feel about this... Any suggestions ?

Thanks.
post #2 of 8
I'm not familiar with the Boston area at all, but you need to see a good bootfitter. They will not only help you with finding a boot that matches your performance level, but they'll also spend time making sure the boot fits right. Most good fitters will work with you until the boot fits, even if you have to try it and come back a couple of times. A couple of the Bears might know exactly where to go in Boston.

[ November 19, 2003, 10:49 AM: Message edited by: Zacman1987 ]
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks.

Well most everyone on this board agrees that in Massachusetts the one place to go is Bob Smith's Wilderness House and see Gordon Hay. But Gordon Hay is no longer available to help you choose a boot, he's only available by appointment to build a custom footbed or customize your boot. Is this common procedure ? See one person to select the boot and then if you have a problem see a pro bootfitter like Gordon to fix any problem I may have ?
post #4 of 8
Where do you ski?
Find a boot fitter in that area.

I can recomend someone in central VT. PM me or check the boot fitters link on this site.

[ November 19, 2003, 12:30 PM: Message edited by: Max Capacity ]
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Killington and Loon mostly but this year I'm spending ten days in the Alps that's kind of why I want my own boots.

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check the boot fitters link on this site
they recommend Bob's Smith Wilderness House and their bootfitter Gordon Hay but as I said he's not available to help you choose a boot only to customize it afterwards.
post #6 of 8
Bootfitter's Name: Scott Thompson
Store Name: Green Mountain Orthotic Lab, The First Run Ski Shop
Store Address: Stratton Mountain Village, Stratton Mountain,VT
Phone Number: 1-802-297-4405
Additional Comments:
gashw: Founders of Masterfit U. Web site:

Bootfitter's Name: Ray and Curt
Store Name: Basin Ski Shop
Store Address: Killington, Vt
Phone Number: 802 432-3234
Additional Comments:
GeoffD: Very wide line of boots including Strolz for the worst fit problems. Largest shop in Vermont so they have good inventory. They get very busy on weekends so pick an off time.

Bootfitter's Name: Dave Strousse
Store Name: Peak Performance
Store Address: Killington, Vt
Phone Number: 802 422-9447
Additional Comments:
GeoffD: Smaller shop with great service. Racer-oriented and competitive bump skier oriented from family connections to Killington Mountain School.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff
Store Name: Green Mountain Orthotic Lab
Store Address: Stratton (adjacent to the lodge and lifts!)
Phone Number: 802-297-4405
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Very expensive, but very cutting edge, and also right next to the lifts, with an integrated fitting/instruction program.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff (but especially Ray)
Store Name: Basin Ski Shop
Store Address: Killington Access Road (very close to the ski area, on the right-hand side, driving toward the ski area)
Phone Number: 802-422-3234
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Killington has some other good bootfitters, but Basin is the best.

Bootfitter's Name: All Staff
Store Name: Inner Bootworks
Store Address: Stowe Access Road (fairly close to the ski area, on the left-hand side, driving toward the ski area)
Phone Number: 802-253-6929
Additional Comments:
Jonathan S.: Stowe has some other good bootfitters, but Inner Bootworks is definitely the best.

There's your list for Vermont. One of these guys should be able to hook you up.
post #7 of 8
Hi kelly

I live in boston, too. I have great fitting boots and custom insoles. In another thread an excellent point was made about insoles... there are Footbeds and there are Orthodics. The difference is that a footbed is merely molded to your foot and is much better than a traditional footbed in terms of comfort. An orthodic's goal is to get your foot to a neutral positon and help you with any biomechanics issues that you may have.
That being said - you said you have issues with your left foot - my guess is that this will require some modifications of your ACTUAL boot, thus the footbed or orthodic is not the answer.

Orthodics last awhile and will move from one pair of boots to another - it's not like the boot and orthodic are a "system" per se.

Get a custom orthodic made. Bring it to the bootfitter and use it when trying on boots.

I use Paul Richelson - he has offices in Plymouth and Concord, NH. He is an orthopedic specialist and does the most amazing things for ski boots - and shoes! He has a computer program that will reccommend the best boot for you, based upon your foot shape and your skiing interests. He makes custom orthodics and does all kinds of bootfitting. If you decide that that's too far to travel then I reccommend going to the Mountainside Shop at Wachusett Mtn. There is 1 guy - Jerome - and I think he only works on Tuesdays this year. He is VERY good. (both of these guys can do EVERYTHING you need)

Good luck!
kiersten
post #8 of 8
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Originally posted by kelly001:
I own my skis (Volkl Carver Motion) but I've always rented boots because of a weirdly shaped left foot that most often causes me pains. I've never felt I could just go into a store and buy a pair of boots with certainty because of this issue.

This year, I want to bite the bullet and purchase a pair of boots. I've been recommended Bob Smith's Wilderness House in Boston where I live. Can I trust anyone to select a pair of boots in the store ? From what I gather Dave and Gordon are only available by appointment to create a custom footbed, they don't help you select the actual boots. How comfortable should I feel about this... Any suggestions ?

Thanks.
Kelly, if you'll be in VT, there are two places I would recommend.

1. Green Mountain Orthodics at Stratton. You'll need an appt at G.M.O. .

2. Surefoot at Killington. No appointment needed, but you want to get there when the store opens in the morning, if possible. It takes about 2-3 hours for the fitting, foot mapping, orthodic manufacture, and final adjustments.

Both of these places have well trained staff. They will create an orthodic for you, and help you select the right boots.

Whichever you choose, I'd suggest you plan on skiing at that resort for 2-3 days so you can work out any fitting issues that arise with the staff on hand. It's normal to require a bit of tinkering in the first few days.

GF
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