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post #31 of 40
A great way to become an educated consumer is to attend a Ski Mechanics workshop:

The offerings though have changed considerably since several years ago when I took a two-day bootfitting course, a 1.5-day ski tuning/repair course, and 1-day performance tuning seminar (or something like that) aimed more at coaches & instructors (as opposed to shop techs). Note that the binding workshops are open only to shop employees.

But I have a feeling that the two-day boot course I took is pretty similar to this:
post #32 of 40
This is just a second vote for Paul Richelson at Feet First in Plymouth NH. An additional note is that Paul does sell boots from a number of different manufactures, but as stated he is more than willing to work with anything that you bring in as well. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #33 of 40
I'm with MilesB.

The very first pair of boots I bought, Tecnica Icon Carbons, hurt me so bad my shins were bleading. Still have scars!

Anyway, I took them to a highly recommended shop in Denver and nothing changed. I went back to the place like 5 times. Each time the guy said, "This is it". But then I'd come back and say, "No it ain't".

The guy never figured out that those boots were totally wrong for me. So yeah, there's some validity to the impression that boot fitting is right up there with chiropractic care and voodoo.

It took Harald to tell me to "Trash those boots". From there, I got into Dalbello's with Zipfits. I'd never wear anything else.

Then there's footbeds. Harald didn't like my footbeds, so he made me some new ones. Say goodbye to $150 bucks I spent with the other guy. They must be good, because when I do all the tests to check for alignment, I come out balanced. I guess if my foot wasn't flat, the tests would show.

So I guess with boots, find one that fits great and is warm, then never change. Same thing with footbeds, go with someone you know and trust and stick with them.
post #34 of 40
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by AC:
Please help me compile a list of super-guru bootfitters in each major region (North America or Worldwide) by submitting any you know. I'll place all of this information in a new section of EpicSki.

Nominations should be based on the quality of the bootfitter -- I would prefer to list specific individuals along with their store, but if a store is consistently good and you do not know a specific individual's name, then still nominate it.

Make sure it is a "Super-Guru", the best bootfitter in your area. This will be a list of exceptional bootfitters, not just good ones.

Either reply with your nominations below or Private Message them to me.


Please include (copy and paste this list in your reply)...
Bootfitter's Name:Scott Thompson/Greg Hofman
Store Name:First Run Ski Shop/Green Mt.Orthotic Lab
Store Address:Stratton Mt. Vermont
Phone Number:802-297-4405 E-mail gmol@SOVER.net
Additional Comments:
Extremely thorough and precise. They fix
major anatomical abnormalities. They took me off cants after 30 years. I'm a cert. alpine level III.
post #35 of 40

I am also in Calgary and can recommend Terry at Footworks in Canmore. He is a fitter only, will work with any boot. Phone is 678-9780. He may be hard to get this early in season, but is good about returning calls.
post #36 of 40
Miles, how do you know if 'the guy' is any good? Well, unless you're an expert too, you don't. You have to take it by what the fitter does to your boots and what your boots then do to your feet and how well he stands by his work. For my wife, it was skiing pain free! I can't give a better testimony to Jeff Bergeron's boot fitting expertise than that.
post #37 of 40
I need someone in western Mass. IM or e-mail me with names please.
post #38 of 40
Actually, it's not the "fitting" part that upsets me, it's the alignment part. Heck, you can do the fitting part yourself with a pocket knife, some duct tape and a heat gun. Although it is easier to let them do it in the shop while you wait. At least with the fitting you have one solution for each problem. That is, if it's too tight, make it bigger, if too loose, make it smaller.
Whereas, there seems to be no agreed on method for making the skis run flat (and sometimes that is not even the goal!). It seems to me that it ends up being trial and error. And each error is going to cost money, at least the price of a lift ticket!
What has been really helpful has been the suggestion to use pieces of duct tape under the boot to fool around with canting angles.
post #39 of 40
One lesson I have learned in going to bootfitters. Make sure that if you need footbeds/orthotics you get them before going through the bootfitting process. My initial pair of footbeds were inadequate and my foot was able to "spread" when weight was put on it. This caused the outside of my foot to move into the side (little toe area) of the boot. The fitter's solution was to grind the boot in that area (heat would have been better because it can be pulled back in.) I then had new orthotics made by a podiatrist, who also has taught skiing, and now my boots are too large in the forefoot area because the foot no longer pronates.
post #40 of 40
Originally Posted by warren
Bootfitter's Name: Scott Thompson
Store Name: Green Mountain Orthotic Lab
Store Address:
The First Run Ski Shop,
Stratton Mountain Village
Stratton Mountain,VT
Phone Number: 1-802-297-4405
Additional Comments: Founders of Masterfit U. Web site: http://www.gmolfoot.com/
Just wanted to give a thumbs up for GMOL. After spending all of Sunday morning here, I honestly think these guys have a better assessment of my f'd up ankles (years of soccer) than my orthopedicist. (sp?)
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