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Approximate cost of a bootfitting

post #1 of 10
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Hi there,
Looking to make my first ski boot purchase.
The ones I currently have are much too big and are holding me back from improvement I think..

I was thinking of either saving money and going to Sport Chek and getting a pair of boots from there (I'm a starving student), or going all out and heading up to Wild Willies in Whistler and getting bootfitted.

Anyone know the approximate cost of getting a pair of decent boots from a bootfitter? Looking at the Sport Chek website, their boots go up to around $329 CAD. How much more would it be at Wild Willies, and how much would they charge for the fitting service?

Any comments would be appreciated!

Thanks a lot!
post #2 of 10
Places that sell you boots won't charge you extra for boot fitting, at least to a point.

I bought my current boots at SureFoot in Whistler, which is also a good place, IMO. I probably ate up 10 hours of boot fitter time - I doubt they made any money on the sale, heh.
post #3 of 10
Surefoot is pricey but a great option for those of us who don't (1) live near skiing and / or (2) ski the same place regularly.

For one, they have a great selection / inventory. I had no problems in being able to try out all high-end models in sizes 12-13.

I bought my 120 comps w/ custom footbed from PC Surefoot in '03. Had Whistler Surefoot stretch the toe length in '04 and added custom liner in '04 with PC Surefoot.

Great warranty and store locations at most major resorts. Again, I've paid a premium but they were easily the best option given my travel requirements / distance from resorts.

If you decide to go w/ Surefoot, consider getting the custom liner at the time of boot purchase to save money (only buy 1 liner). I was skeptical when buying the boots but later regretted not getting it all at once.
post #4 of 10
I purchased some X-Wave 10s from the Boot Doctor in Taos this year. The boots cost about $150 more than the lowest on line price I've seen. When I bought them I also had a custom footbed made, and it was discounted $50.00 because I had just bought the boots. After sking them I returned to the shop for some minor adjustments. I can return to the shop for free modifications for the next year.

Basically, if you buy your boots elsewhere to get a lower price or because its convenient it will cost you more in the long run if you need to take them to a bootfitter later for significant modifications. If the boots you buy fit well out of the box and you have no allignment problems then you will save some bucks.
post #5 of 10
Depending on the work you need, I would figure about $150 or so for custom foot beds, another $100 if the boots need work for bowleggedness or the opposite. That's about what I paid to the boot fitter. I did buy my boots from him, last years modle, this may or may not have affected the price of work.
post #6 of 10
fitting is fixing problems, odds are the WW will fit you correctly in the first place so the problems will be minor

Sport chek will fit you wrong, and the WW will have to fix things and that will cost more overall and not be as good anyways.

do WW and look for last years from them to save $$$
post #7 of 10
I thought I'd chime in about Surefoot also, since they don't have the best rep on the forums...

In any case, I actually purchased and started the fitting process at the Manhattan store, and ended up getting all the additional tweaking performed at Whistler. No one has posted a price for bootfitting at Surefoot, but its pretty steep... expect to pay close to MSRP for the boots, $195 for the orthotics and another $475 if you're looking to get foam liners. Like others have mentioned, I've made close to 8 visits to the Whistler shop over the course of 2 week-long trips to Whistler. Great guys, ask for Derrick (sp?) or Sam.

Prior to purchasing boots from Surefoot, I had orthotics made at their Copper shop. Though I didn't pick up the boots from them, they did the minor fitting tweaks free of charge (punched out the boot, added some padding around the ankles). Don't know if they've gotten a little more strict with that.

Snocovers is another highly recommended shop to consider in Whistler. Didn't ask about anything else, but their custom foam liners run $500... though they probably don't require you to get orthotics made.

In any case, you may be on the track with Wild Willies in Nestor...

Good luck!
post #8 of 10

Don't fix it if it ain't broke

I have $40 Superfeet molded insoles (pretty basic ski orthotic) and they work great for my needs.

My experience having boots "fitted" at Basin Ski in Vermont was going to shell size, then boot size, then talking through what I was actually feeling in terms of comfort and movement to make sure the right boot was chosen. I also have pretty regular feet.

I used to wear orthotics in my regular shoes but was on the border of not really needing them, so I didn't get footbeds at the time I purchased boots. If you're not feeling pressure points and have normal feet and don't pronate or suponate too much, I'd get the boot fit at a basic level, buy the RIGHT boot, even if it's more expensive, get a cheaper pair of footbeds, let your boots pack out, and go from there.

This is coming from someone with relatively regular feet and pretty skinny lower legs.

I wouldn't look to solve a problem unless you've got one, but I could just be a rookie about these things.

For someone who has more fit issues, I would think that a good boot fitter would be a god and should be compensated for the comfort gained from the necessary time spent. $1200 skis aren't worth shit if your feet aren't comfortable.

Also, DO NOT buy boots that are stiffer in flex than you need. Be honest about your ability or you'll learn the hard way.
post #9 of 10
My wife got new Salomons at Taos Ski & Boot last year fitted by Jim, who also worked for many years at the Boot Doctors. She has bunions, which required fitting adjustments over about 4 days. One thing he did was re-shape the boot plastic to make room for her bunions and he did things to the liner. Her boots fit great without pain. No charge for anything but the custom footbed. He probably spent 8 hours getting the boots to fit properly.
post #10 of 10
I went to the Custom Foot in Englewood, CO. The guy there is very good, if a bit expensive. It cost me an initial fee of $200.00. That got me custom footbeds. Then I had a couple of hotspots that were caused by the way the footbeds moved my feet around inside the boots. He pushed out the shells in several spots and did some dremel work on the liners at no extra charge... The boots have been a dream since. Whatever the cost, I think it's totally worth it. I wouldn't ski with out customization again.
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