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Ladies, most comfortable boots on the market?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Performance need not matter, just the most comfortable and pretty boot on the market. My lady has finally decided she will no longer attempt to ski in the boots I bought her, she wants something amazingly comfortable and that looks pretty. : She is a novice.
post #2 of 20
Oooh dude, you are opening a big can if chop busting here...............
post #3 of 20
Anything at all in the colors she likes. Just keep going up in size until it's "comfortable"

Tounge firmly planted.....of course.

SJ
post #4 of 20
I just bought my wife some salomon idols..I think they look good


Lee
post #5 of 20
I see that she's not looking for performance but is she willing to get to a boot fitter in the name of comfort? I'm sure there's a pair that fits her foot shape (and is a color she likes . Just tell her that her feet aren't going to be comfortable unless she's in a boot that's right for her foot, and that a boot fitter is needed to figure out which boots are.

Or have you already tried that?
post #6 of 20
who the heck cares about what boots look like? don't her ski pants cover most of the cuff anyways?
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
She does not want to go to a boot fitter...frankly it would be a waste of money (as if getting her another pair of boots isn't) since she really does not ski much and sticks to the easiest of the green slopes. I just need to get her into some boots that fit reasonably well right out of the box. So before I go scouring the country for them, I would like to narrow down the selection, or what we should be looking for.

Phil T....you're kidding right, this is a woman we are talking about (no offense ladies) who also happens to be a label-(fill in the blank).
post #8 of 20
The most comfortable boots will be boots selected for her foot by a boot fitter with custom foam liners made so that the foam is softer (as opposed to being foamed to imitate cast iron like my old race boots).

Even if she is only standing around looking pretty on a green groomer, she may as well be comfy.
post #9 of 20
Why don't you send her over to www.theskidiva.com ? We can help her out with finding boots that fit well and are comfortable.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Phil T....you're kidding right, this is a woman we are talking about (no offense ladies) who also happens to be a label-(fill in the blank).
RR, you have no idea how shallow that comment is.
Even if its in Jest, its not the smartest thing you've posted, and you can't unring that bell.

Seriously, she needs to try boots on, to know what's comfy. IF what you say is true, then she needs an entry level, consumer comfy fit. But, as in all boot fitting, even a comfy consumer fit needs to fit the shape of her foot.

As min says, you could recommend she look at ski diva and maybe, just maybe she'll take skiing to its next level, as she sees that shrink it and pink it is not the norm for women skiers.
post #11 of 20
well what color does she like???

A boot that some ladies might like, others will not. (just like skis, jeans, watches, cars, etc)
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the suggestions. Today we went out and tried some boots again.

Dalbello
Technica
Rossignol
Nordica
Head
Salomon

Well my gal really liked the appearance of a few, especially the Salomon. She wanted to try something by Roxy but we didn't find any at the places we went to.

She finally decided between two Head boots.....now don't think I persuaded her, I didn't say anything, I was actually pushing the Dalbellos, since so many like them here, but I said get whatever you want. The manager of the store helped us out and suggested a more comfy boot that was better suited to her level than the Head boots she was considering. She tried it on and loved it. It was not the prettiest, nor did it have the long furry liner that many of the lady's boots now have, but she said it was the most comfortable ski boots she has ever tried on, she was easily able to flex it, it was easy to walk in and she said it felt snug but no pain anywhere. She chose the Head Women's Edge+ 9 Heat Fit, SOLD.

BTW I tried to register at Ski Divas to get some advice, didn't know it was no men allowed at all. So I sent her over, I don't know if she registered or just browsed but she was on there for a while and she is still happy with her selection. We will pick them up when I get my Raptors. Oh she also picked out some very cute looking Smartwool socks that match the boots. She was happy, and that's all that matters. Kudos to Bill @ Princeton Ski for the help and suggestions
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by SierraJim View Post
Anything at all in the colors she likes. Just keep going up in size until it's "comfortable"
Now you sound like an "experienced" east coast bootfitter.
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
RR, you have no idea how shallow that comment is.
Even if its in Jest, its not the smartest thing you've posted, and you can't unring that bell.

Seriously, she needs to try boots on, to know what's comfy. IF what you say is true, then she needs an entry level, consumer comfy fit. But, as in all boot fitting, even a comfy consumer fit needs to fit the shape of her foot.

As min says, you could recommend she look at ski diva and maybe, just maybe she'll take skiing to its next level, as she sees that shrink it and pink it is not the norm for women skiers.
Chicky, Like I said no offense was meant. But PC or not, there is some weight in my statement, if there wasn't, there would be no such thing as pretty looking women's boots, and there are MANY. Women (not all but many) want the pretty looks and its not because of performance....same as men (again most) would not want to be wearing pink boots with flowers.

I think in spite of what my GF was telling me, the main reasons she wanted new boots is that she did not like the appearance of the ones she had, which admittedly do look very masculine and rental-ish. But sorry if I offended you.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Chicky, Like I said no offense was meant. But PC or not, there is some weight in my statement, if there wasn't, there would be no such thing as pretty looking women's boots, and there are MANY. Women (not all but many) want the pretty looks and its not because of performance....same as men (again most) would not want to be wearing pink boots with flowers.
I appreciate your apology for offense, but I just hope that you understand why it's offensive. Women's gear being manufactured with women's style preferences in mind is (in my opinion) not an example of women putting style before performance. I buy based on performance, and if the performance I'm looking for can come with an appearance I'm fond of, of course I prefer that. What works works, and enjoying finding what works and it still being attractively designed makes sense. Doesn't mean we'd rather buy some attractive piece of crap than ugly gear that performs. While I don't think most men want to wear pink flowered boots, I bet if that a large percentage of the male skiers on this board would be wearing pink flowered boots if that was the only way they could get the performance they need. Happily flying down the hill in ugly gear beats struggling in gorgeous gear any day, in my mind. I think there's a big difference between shrink it and pink it and offering well performing gear with women's style preferences in mind.

While I'm aware that there are plenty of women who are primarily concerned with their appearance while skiing, I think it's fair to say that that's not a gender specific concept. It seems that there is no shortage of men who buy gear that doesn't suit their ability/needs in an effort to look core or extreme, or to own the "hot" ski of the moment. While Trek and I and others on here and Ski Diva don't necessarily paint the picture of the average female skier, I think the men of epic are no fair indication of the average male skier. Being performance minded, being shallow and being a label (blank) are all non gender specific, and saying
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
Phil T....you're kidding right, this is a woman we are talking about (no offense ladies) who also happens to be a label-(fill in the blank).
implies quite a bit of stereotyping.

Back to the initial topic, I hope the boots she got work out for her well! Wost case scenario they're bound to be better than rentals, eh?
post #16 of 20
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She chose the Head Women's Edge+ 9 Heat Fit, SOLD.
Good for you.
The important thing is that she has the gear that fits her foot, as well as her ability, and style. The other important thing is that she is spending time with you on the slopes. If its fun and comfy at this stage of her skiing, she's more likely to fall in love with this sport.
Kudos on finding "her" boot.


As for ski diva, yea, its women only, but if she registers, she'll find a lot of encouragement and consideration for her current desires. She'll also find some pretty "core" women skiers.

BTW, my husband still skis in his rear entry boots. Has begun the process of boot fitting in a new boot purchases just before christmas. His patience is not helping in the bootfitting matter, but I honestly don't care what boot he's in as long as he's on the hill with me.

I'm betting you posed this question about your girlfriend's boot for the same reason I don't care about my husband's rear entry boots...............because you want her to enjoy her time on the hill!
post #17 of 20
Thank you, thank you Trekchick and num!
post #18 of 20
Forrest Gump When I was on the All American Ping Pong Team, I just loved playing ping pong with my Flexolite ping pong paddle.

Forrest Gump Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take you anywhere.

Forrest Gump Hello. My name is Forrest Gump. Do you want a chocolate?

Forrest Gump I'm pretty tired ... I think I'll go home now.
post #19 of 20
Maybe, just maybe.....
With boots and gear that actually fit and are ability appropriate, she'll amaze you and become more than "a novice" who prefers "pretty".
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by volklgirl View Post
Maybe, just maybe.....
With boots and gear that actually fit and are ability appropriate, she'll amaze you and become more than "a novice" who prefers "pretty".
Seriously I can only pray, nothing I want more, seriously I tell her all the time.

You guys and gals who can ski with your significant other are so lucky.
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