To share with you: several weeks ago I met with Jim Mates, (thanks to Pousaune's recommendation) a bootfitter located in the Wallingford area in Seattle. After contacting him for an appointment but prior to our meeting I e-mailed him information describing my relevant "spec's", he responded immediately. He met with me for almost 1 1/2 hours - inquiring, explaining, testing, analyzing, and adjusting my boots. He was very efficient and thorough. I already own cork footbeds and was anticipating him "selling" me another " better" pair - he made no recommendation, and in fact, said they were great. I thought he might suggest another boot for me entirely, he said he could make my existing boots work and they still had life in them. He recommended adjusting my primary skis I use by balancing the lifts (I was not even aware the toes and heels were at different heights). He recommended several excersizes I should incorporate into my workout routine to benefit my specific body, balance and pronation issues. Several weeks later I e-mailed him again and asked some follow-up questions to our meeting including that after much thought of his recommendations I felt why wait - I believed his assesment was accurate and was ready for him to make those further adjustments to my boots prior to the season beginning. He again replied immediately and graciously suggested I wait to try the adjustments in "real" conditions prior to making any further significant adjustments, and then if I felt the same, he would be glad to help. FYI: Like Pousaune, I was very impressed with Jim Mates as a bootfitter, and highly recommend him.
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9/25/07 at 9:17am