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post #1 of 11
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alright, i am trying to decide whether or not to get a pair of boots. I ski around 10 days a year, because I live in Texas and cannot make it much more than that. That being said, I plan on moving to CO as soon as i graduate or i might end up going to grad school there.

All that being said, I'm sick of renting boots and having bad days because of the fit. I understand boots are not something you just go out and buy, but take time to fit and get right. First question - Is it worth the trouble to try and find a pair of boots while i'm skiing this season? It seems like a good pair of boots would be a great place to start as far as getting the whole set up. (skis, boots, bindings)

What do you guys suggest I do? Should I just suck it up and be in pain? Or since I plan on skiing more and more over the coming years would it be a smart investment?

If you think I should make the investment, what about some ideas about where to start, what kind boots do you recommend? I am 6'3 185lbs, athletic and "ski" (i say that because i know i'm not perfect but i love to do it) mostly blacks and whatever "inbounds" off the piste i can find. Blues too if i'm just in the mood to cruise. Also I spend some time in the park.

I'll be trying to get into some BC once I move to CO, obviously I won't have an AT setup, but that will come with time. (I'll try and use a few more two letter acronyms if i can think of them )

Ok, Thank you guys for all your help and insight! I appreciate that knowledge base that you all have and willingly share!
post #2 of 11
Yes, buy boots now, and buy them first. They are the starting point of gear aquisition. Good fitting boots will make you a better skier by giving you better control over your skis, and so will make your time on the slopes safer and more enjoyable.
post #3 of 11


Brice618, where do you live in texas? Any shops around?
post #4 of 11
By all means, get the boots. Get the brand that matches your feet best. I suggest a level below race, but above typical intermediate, say like X-WAVE 10 if you go Solomon. At 10 days per year these will last you a long time. The only problem is don't buy them at a store 300 miles away that you will never go back to; make sure you are able to take them back where you get them for adjustments.
post #5 of 11
Brice dont worry about how they work for AT, you will eventually get other boots for it anyways.

As for boots get whats ever feel good on your feet. Looking at your pics on facebook(which you just friended me BTW kinda of weird I know) you weight was back in mid air. So for boots get something thats pretty easier to bend forward. You will progress faster with a softer boot than a overly stiff one.

So long story short get boots get boots that feel comfortable on your feet(but remember they should be tight when bought), get a softer boot. Not only will getting a softer boot help your skiing, but it will be cheaper too.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Haha, I was wondering who that was! Thanks for the information so far. Yes I have been thoroughly enlightened about my position relative to the fall line and will be working on that. I had figured the AT wouldn't come for a while seeing as I won't be living out there for a few more years anyways so no real need when i'll be a newb anyways.

I live in Tyler Texas but go to college in Lubbock (Texas Tech). I can get to Dallas easily. I would guess they would have a decent boot fitter somewhere around there.

Again thank you all for the information. I really appreciate it!
post #7 of 11
Go to Taos to buy your boots, not Dallas because it is about the same distance from Lubbock.

At TSV, go see Jim at Taos Ski & Boot. Tell him how you ski and he'll get you fixed up.

An alternative is the The Boot Doctors in TSV. Excellent place. Jim used to work there.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks for the info MJB! I'd rather go there anyways. I could ski!!!
post #9 of 11
brice, there is one shop in dallas who has a good bootfitter. sorry i can't remember his name of the top of my head right now but he is at st. bernard sports. however, don't buy anything from there as they are insanely over priced.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks for the info, i had looked up st. bernards and thought about going there. guess i'll save myself the trip.
post #11 of 11
Yes buy some you can get demo boots that have been used a couple times for around $250 that is about the price of renting for a few years and you get a better boot and a better fit.
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