The only reason I would be buying online is because of my location in which he ski shops in my area are few and the race related products they carry is few as well.
I went to Billy Kaplan who is on this forum and he told me that is what some of his clients have to do since they are not able to go to VT where they carry the race gear and have a variety of items to try. I worked at a ski shop for 3 years and I know how the internet is hurting business. I still try to support the shops as much as I can.
If I was looking for a pair of rec. boots or ski's there is no doubt I would be going to a ski shop.
One other note to add is that I am a college student and my budget is not as high as others, so given the situational factors using the internet seemed to be my best option when looking for race boots.
I am sorry for the sermon but I just felt I should explain myself a little bit more. I appreciate your input and Billy highly recommend the Head Raptor to me.