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After a multi-year hiatus from skiing, and not having purchased new equipment in about 15 years, I set out this season to get back into skiing.

Based on my own experiences, and numerous things I read and heard -- in particular in these forums -- I decided to invest in boots and go the route of getting them fit properly.

Although my research on "Bootfitting Masters" yielded numerous possibilities South of the border (I'm in Montreal), I decided to stick with a local shop because of their reputation and also the poor value of the Canadian dollar in the States.

I went through the process as decribed many times here: Had my foot analyzed and measured, answered various questions about my abilities and goals, and then started trying on boots. I decided on a Rossignol Soft 1 boot, which met both my comfort/performance guidelines and seemed to be well suited to my relatively normal foot.

The next step was my orthodics, Conformables, which were done in the seated/neutral position, although he did have me stand on the heated orthodic while it was in my imprint for a few minutes.

They made a few minor adjustments to the orthodics after I tried them on in the boot, because I had some pain in my arch/instep (although I think this may have been partly my fault due to too aggresively flexing in the boots). They also took the liners out of the boot and adjusted the cuffs, with me standing on my orthodics. I thought this was canting, but I'm not sure.

So, after all this ranting, what's the bottom line. I've since skied three full days. The combination of the new boots and the various demo skis I've tried out seem to have drastically improved my skiing as well as how I feel when I'm skiing. I feel much more in control, or connected, to my skis and how my body motions translate into what the skis do.

Gone is the feeling I distinctly remember of sore legs and burning thighs after almost every run. I can only deduce that the new boots/orthodics and the changes they have brought about in my skiing, are responsible for this.

I haven't gone the full route of having my entire alignment analyzed and corrected, as necessary. I may do it later, but for a recreational skier like myself I'm not sure how necessary that is.

The moral of this story is -- Believe what everyone is saying about the benefits of proper boot fitting and orthodics. It may cost you a little extra in time and money, but the benefits seem to be well worth the efforts.