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I need a Good boot store in Seattle-PNW??

post #1 of 22
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My old boots are about shot, and need to go hunting for something new. Wondering is folks have opinions on stores w/ good boot fitters -- especially a store w/ a good selection. (I have tough feet to fit, so having a good selection of 30.5 boots and a good fitter is important.)

I also want to try a pair of Fischer MX Pro's on JeffB's recommendation, but the only place w/ a pair is in Maine, and I'm contemplating getting them sent and trying them out...

I'm also in Steamboat in a couple of weeks and could do the search there if there are any great stores.

Anyway, any suggestions would be cool.
thanks,

david
post #2 of 22
I live in Bellingham, and on the advice of locals and members of this forum, my wife and I went to Snowcovers in Vancouver. We found their reputation to be well-deserved.

Snowcovers designs and sells boot-planing and shell-punch equipment to other retailers, and have the best-equipped boot-fitting shop I've seen.

Erin helped me and my wife, and appeared highly competent. They can employ more fundamental shell modifications than other shops, due to the equipment and training their techs have.

In my wife's case, they separated the upper and lower shell to re-shape the boot angle to match my wife's stance.

It's also the only shop I've found outside of Whistler that does boot-sole planing - something I needed.

Even their competitors (there are 8 ski and snowboard shops in the immediate area) recommended Snowcovers for serious boot-fitting.

You pay for high-end, and you get high-end.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
I live in Bellingham, and on the advice of locals and members of this forum, my wife and I went to Snowcovers in Vancouver. We found their reputation to be well-deserved.

Snowcovers designs and sells boot-planing and shell-punch equipment to other retailers, and have the best-equipped boot-fitting shop I've seen.

Erin helped me and my wife, and appeared highly competent. They can employ more fundamental shell modifications than other shops, due to the equipment and training their techs have.

In my wife's case, they separated the upper and lower shell to re-shape the boot angle to match my wife's stance.

It's also the only shop I've found outside of Whistler that does boot-sole planing - something I needed.

Even their competitors (there are 8 ski and snowboard shops in the immediate area) recommended Snowcovers for serious boot-fitting.

You pay for high-end, and you get high-end.

Thanks for the advice. Hadn't heard of them, but they look to have a very good selection of boots. Three hour drive for boots. Well, isn't crazy I guess. I'm at Baker all weekend, so maybe I can take Friday off and sneak over the border and visit them. The only place here w/ a decent selection is sturtevants, which I just will not touch. and I've got pretty screwed up feet.

thanks again,
david
post #4 of 22
I recently went on a boot run and visited or called a bunch of stores in the area. All the shops are pretty good, but you should call first to see if they have the boots you want in the correct size. So lets see here:

mt. pilchuck ski - everett
gerk's alipine hut - redmond
sturtevants - bellevue
alpine hut - ballard
fiorini sports - uw village

That's all I know of in the immediate area. They all have websites with addresses and tel. #'s.
post #5 of 22
Call Jim mates at custom boot service in Seattle. He does not sell boots only does fitting & footbeds. He works with many of the top racers and skiers in the area.

206-297-9298.

He can give you an idea of what boot to try & what size & why. You go buy the boots and then pay jim for stance analysis, bootfitting and custom beds.

He is fabulous. My boys and I have used hime for many years.

I have very difficult feet, very wide forefoot, really skinny lowerleg and ankle, fairly high instep and arch.

he got me comfortable in a Head Wc RD96, plug this year. A treu tribute to his ability.

My older boy is in the original Atomic Race-tech plug Medium flex (like a brick)
largest it came was a 27 shell. (he was sponsored and if he didn't ski in their boot, we had to pay for all his skis and bindings, full bore),.He wears and 11.5-12 shoe.

Jim stretched the boots 4 directions, made them more upright and kept their skiability intact as well as the soles.

he also planed my soles and installed risers.

he has a website www.custombootservice.com. I think
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Call Jim mates at custom boot service in Seattle. He does not sell boots only does fitting & footbeds. He works with many of the top racers and skiers in the area.

206-297-9298.

He can give you an idea of what boot to try & what size & why. You go buy the boots and then pay jim for stance analysis, bootfitting and custom beds.

He is fabulous. My boys and I have used hime for many years.

I have very difficult feet, very wide forefoot, really skinny lowerleg and ankle, fairly high instep and arch.

he got me comfortable in a Head Wc RD96, plug this year. A treu tribute to his ability.

My older boy is in the original Atomic Race-tech plug Medium flex (like a brick)
largest it came was a 27 shell. (he was sponsored and if he didn't ski in their boot, we had to pay for all his skis and bindings, full bore),.He wears and 11.5-12 shoe.

Jim stretched the boots 4 directions, made them more upright and kept their skiability intact as well as the soles.

he also planed my soles and installed risers.

he has a website www.custombootservice.com. I think
didn't think of that. He worked on my old boots and got them a bit better, but didnt consider going and asking for his advice. that's an option worth looking (back) into. thanks!
david
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dug
I recently went on a boot run and visited or called a bunch of stores in the area. All the shops are pretty good, but you should call first to see if they have the boots you want in the correct size. So lets see here:

mt. pilchuck ski - everett
gerk's alipine hut - redmond
sturtevants - bellevue
alpine hut - ballard
fiorini sports - uw village

That's all I know of in the immediate area. They all have websites with addresses and tel. #'s.
You're not the first to mention Gerks. I live in kirkland, so going by there is an easy shot. thanks!
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
he also planed my soles and installed risers.
Anyone that planes soles and fits racers has my vote. That's the top of the food chain.
post #9 of 22
I also think Jim M. is good. I really like Jay Taylor and the boys at Snowcovers (near the IGA)
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
He can give you an idea of what boot to try & what size & why.
You know, I went to him for an evaluation and advice and he gave me a lot of it! Good stuff.

But when I asked him specifically which model of boots might be a better bet for my kind of feet, he didn't really give me any pointers and told me to just go out and try them. I sorta understood his rationale but I was a bit dissapointed that he couldn't give me any suggestions.

Anyways, I settled on the Nordica Hot Rod. Seeing him tomorrow actually for some footbeds.
post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dug
You know, I went to him for an evaluation and advice and he gave me a lot of it! Good stuff.

But when I asked him specifically which model of boots might be a better bet for my kind of feet, he didn't really give me any pointers and told me to just go out and try them. I sorta understood his rationale but I was a bit dissapointed that he couldn't give me any suggestions.

Anyways, I settled on the Nordica Hot Rod. Seeing him tomorrow actually for some footbeds.
maybe you have a foot that many boots will work with.

No boots work with my feet!
post #12 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicman
Call Jim mates at custom boot service in Seattle. He does not sell boots only does fitting & footbeds. He works with many of the top racers and skiers in the area.

206-297-9298.
I second on Jim - you WILL NOT regret having him fit your boots. A true professional.
post #13 of 22
check out
http://www.bootfitters.com/FIND_SHOP.htm

You can search for shops that specialize in bootfitting.

Good Luck
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by LukeAZuke
They are REALLY outdated as far as PNW goes. All they have listed if I remember correctly was Issaquah Ski & Cycle, which went out of business a while ago.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
I just learned that World Cup Skier Service, which has a boot fitter who comes in a couple of days a week, is going to start to really stock boots next year. (They do have some boots, now, but nothing comprehensive.) But they are going to bite the bullet for next season and stock full lines of inventory. Might be a good thing, since they have the act together. Interesting to see if they stock some lesser middle market stuff (Fischer boots, plugs, etc.)
david
post #16 of 22
In case the Maine shop doesn't work out for you, Foothills Ski and Bike (http://www.foothillsskiandbike.com) in Colorado has Fischer's, including the MX Pro.
post #17 of 22
Double Diamond in Vail also carries the MX Pro. There is a shop in Bellingham, WA (Yeager's, I beleive) that carries the MX-9 but not the MX-Pro. The MX-9 and the MX Pro are the same except the MX Pro is a tad stiffer and a different color.
post #18 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Wassnowboarder
In case the Maine shop doesn't work out for you, Foothills Ski and Bike (http://www.foothillsskiandbike.com) in Colorado has Fischer's, including the MX Pro.
thanks for the lead on that. I wonder ifthey have them in stock The folks at Fischer told me the SKi Depot in Maine was the only place that had 30s and 30.5s, but might be they were wrong. thanks for the tip!
David
post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostboy
Double Diamond in Vail also carries the MX Pro. There is a shop in Bellingham, WA (Yeager's, I beleive) that carries the MX-9 but not the MX-Pro. The MX-9 and the MX Pro are the same except the MX Pro is a tad stiffer and a different color.
Is the stiffness really the only difference -- color, aside? I had gotten the idea that the lasts on which they were built were a tad narrower in the heal on the Pro, but maybe that's wrong. I'll check. thnx
david
post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lostboy
There is a shop in Bellingham, WA (Yeager's, I beleive) that carries the MX-9 but not the MX-Pro.
If you go to Yeagers don't expect knowledgeable service. Just buy the boot and get out. Take it somewhere else to have any work done.
post #21 of 22
I don't know anything about Yaeger's service just that they carry the Fischer MX-9 boot.
post #22 of 22
Yaeger's is great for fishing tackle or hunting gear. Skis are almost an accident (something to fill space in the winter). Posaune's right - if you find what you want there, buy it and flee.
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