Originally Posted by SnowBlower
I'm getting some high end ski boots this year. Are there any brands or models that should be avoided or is it more personal preference. I'll be mostly skiing really fast carving turns on my RX8's but sometimes I'll be in the park doing spins, rails and butters (manuals). So would a boot that is good for skiing really fast and carving turns be any good at all in the park? I can't afford 2 pairs of boots but I have around $450-$500 for 1 pair of boots and custom footbeds. Is there a boot or boots that would fit my needs or am I looking for boots that don't exist.
My recommendation would be to go to multiple shops and try on boots. Inform the staff there of your skill level, and the type of skiing you plan on doing. Pay attention to which ones give you personal attention and information about fitting that you can understand (if they can't communicate things to you, this may indicate a communication barrier which will be an impediment in getting a good fit), and that you find helpful (a short cut might be to check the master bootfitters listings elsewhere in this site). Ask about if they will do alterations for free with the purchase of boots/custom insoles, any reputable shop will. Find the boot that feels right on your foot and also agrees with the boot fitters recommendations for proper fit.
I definately would not recommend buying new boots over the internet. Post purchase fitting/tweaking makes the ski shop purchase worth much more than the savings of an internet deal.