Originally Posted by Utah49
I wouldn't worry over what brand or model boot to buy. All Boot makers make boots for all different level of skier and budgets. There isn't a boot maker out there that is making a boot that is that much better then any other boot maker. For boots it is all about fit! What you need to do is find a boot that fits your foot and one that works for your level of skiing. Find a good Boot fitter. Be honest and tell the Fitter what your looking for in a boot and what you like to ski. Try on lots of boots.
Not easy to do when there are no boot fitters in your area. Best I can find is a tech in a ski shop. Based on what I learned from sites like this I often know as much as they do if not more. Not what I what in a boot fitter.... What I am forced to do is ask a lot of questions here, and try on the minimal inventory in town.
I then look for inventory on line and try to get a feeling for what people use those boots for, their skiing style, and as much info about their feet and the boot fit. If I am going to spend the money on shipping to AK I don't want to have to ship to many pairs of boots back!
And the search goes on.....