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This is the year for new boots. Pre season?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I have been skiing on Tecnica Rival X9 boots for a few years with custom insoles by GMOL and a recent alignment by Greg Hoffman in Vail.

I believe that instead of buying skis that new boots might be a big help to me, particularly as I work towards my Level II certification.

Is there any sense in buying them preseason? Can wearing them around the house be any help?

I have assumed I should buy and fit my boots at or near a mountain so I can go back and forth from the bootfitter to the slopes. Could I instead find a great bootfitter now and get started?

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
If I answer with a question will that be OK. What is the reason not to buy them preseason? Getting boots fit by a good fitter is not about having the boots modified and then you skiing them and then having them modified and then you skiing them, etc. It is possible there will need to be some secondary work, but with a good fitter it is usually minimal.
post #3 of 5
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Lou, in the past I've had to go back to the shop to get the boots to fit well after buying them. I've had arch cramping problems and in general have been difficult to fit. Ideally I would do it in the middle of my vacation so I can go back 2-3 times if necessary at the mountain, but can't wait until February. Having no decent bootfitter closer then an hour or two a way make the decision between:

Do it soon and deal with it when skiing starts.
Take a day or two to go up and back and forth to a fitter at or right by a mountain.
post #4 of 5
Understood. It can be difficult at times. I suggest then you try taking the time to work slowly on your own. And when I say on your own i don't mean to modify the boots, but rather to educate yourself on boot volume so maybe you can help decide a starting point.

Travel to a few shops, doesn't matter whether they are boot fit shops or not and follow rules for shell fit. Pick boots from within and without your anticipated performance class just to get a feel for which shells have volume and where. Suggest you take along a 3/4" dowel rod to check for length and just play.

Don't let sales people interfere. Try as many different shells as you can and you may be surprised at what you can learn. There are posts here that explain shell fit procedure. I think SHH may be able to help with that and there are also articles on fit at www.lous.ca.

If you think that works let us know what you learn and we may be able to help more.
post #5 of 5
SMJ - if I may ask, where will you be working this year, and what bot shops are on your radar? I try to get my boot work done early.
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