Originally Posted by waxman
in defence of shops except for people on internet ski boards NO ONE knows how a ski boot should fit ..............
We sell a very big number of boots every year and get a fair number of folks (particularly women) complaining about how tight a 3/4" shell fit is. We will not
up-size a boot except in rare foot shape situations, and the result is that we occasionally lose sales to stores that routinely do that. The short term solution for most stores is to give the customer what they want (roomy boots) and it surely takes us longer to sell a boot than other stores. I can't even describe the number of times that folks have come back in the store shedding crocodile tears about how they had to stop skiing after one run and rent boots b/c theirs were "sooooo tight"
In any case, we do have a local reputation for stocking small boots and it is paying off. We carry men's boots down to 24 and even occasional 23's and women's boots down to 22.0 wherever they are offered (and I wish we could find real
boots in 21) Our entire stock of Jr race boots in 80-90 flex is gone except for a couple of Tecnicas in 22.5 and this represents over 25 prs of various models.
The entire boot industry is missing the boat by not offering the Jr race fits with good liners
in the 80-100 flex range (@ ~~ $399) and women's cosmetics
. These boots need to address the fit of the typical adult woman differently than the Jr race boots do. For now, the Jr race boots are what we all have to work with. The Dolomite Perfecta 90 will adress this to some extent for next year, but this is an unknown quantity at this point).