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post #31 of 36
More boot quiver madness. These are my sons, he needs a softer boot & more relaxed fit than me. These were NOS boots and NOS Thermo liners purchased separately for $150 total. Together they fit & function to near perfection. We are the same boot size & these Salomon boots interchange with my gear without adjustment. He can use any of my 3 skis and I can borrow either of his 2 pair.





My daughter has the unisex Beast, these were fitted at the GMOL. They fit her perfectly and she can ski day after day with no discomfort.



post #32 of 36

Unconventional quiver for my unconventional feet.  Details to follow.

 

boot quiver for the flat and fallen

post #33 of 36
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Unconventional quiver for my unconventional feet.  Details to follow.

 

boot quiver for the flat and fallen


 

Now that's a presentation!

post #34 of 36

Nice to hear from you, Richie-rich.  Extroverte?  Yes.  Shameless?  Never ashamed.  I paid $125 for six pairs of boots, $200 if you add in the shipping from online sellers.  I was away from skiing while I started a business and raised children.  In the Nineties I was discouraged by the high price of equipmetn and my neighbors' laments that they couldn't afford family ski trips anymore, and when they could afford it, their kids always, always got sick on the postcard days.

 

Jump to 2000; I find $10 Nordicas at a garage sale and $8 Salomon  SX52s on eBay.  They fit better than the only boots I ever bought new (back in the 70s) and better than any boot I ever rented.  Both boots were rear-entry.  I figured out that my flat feet and displaced arches had never really agreed with overlap boots.  The ease of online shopping combined with the buyers' market for the fallen-from-favor rear-entry boots has worked out well for me.  I continue to find bargains, and I have learned a lot about canting, alignment, and padding that has substantially improved my skiing. 

 

Same quiver strategy for my skis.  Craigslist and March Madness clearance sales mean I have skinnies and sidecuts in lengths from 130 through 203 for my novice sons and me. 

 

We end up with similar shoe sizes for a 314 to 324 sole length, so we have boot fitting sessions in the living room,  They have learned canting and alignment; when I was their age, the only people who knew about it were on the French national ski team.  The blue Lange CRLs (10, 28.0, 345) hurt my feet after three runs, but my son with the narrow feet found them much to his liking.  $12 on the clearance table at Sports Authority. 

 

I like being able to choose an aggressive boot, or a cruising boot, or a flexible boot for videography, or a light boot for long days teaching my boys.  And once in a while I pick a boot because it matches my jacket and the graphics of my skis : )

post #35 of 36

avalement, you need to change your name to reflect your frugal nature.  What classic steals you have made!  I would love to run into a pair of SX92's.  I was a mgr at a shop in Atlanta when these came out and I used them on the revolving ski deck and loved them.  The neoprene liner made for easy fit adjustments (wide feet).  You have a great story.  I believe I will utilize some of your ideas on procurement.  How can "she" argue about an enhanced quiver when it was purchased with pittance....

post #36 of 36

Hey Canexas, nice to hear from you.  Maybe we'll hear from your cousins Montrouston or Torontallas soon.  Yes, get some bargain boots for your quiver and average the cost.  Then tell the nice person you live with that the new, new pair was way below budget . . . because the new old pairs lowered the "marginal acquisition price."

 

I just connected with EpicSki this season.  Lots of fine skiers here.  I dream I could have been a good instructor or a fair racer if I'd only had arches and ideal joint alignment.  Then I wouldn't have spent decades frowning at boots and longing for boots.  So I end up with this karmic compensation for my skeletal deficit, this opportunity - or excuse - to have an eclectic, inexpensive collection of footgear.

 

My buddy tells a similar story about Porsches.  He never could afford one, and a few years ago when he got a new job and some bonuses he went shopping.  The current rear-engined/911-based cars were way, way beyond his budget, and the used 911s from the 70s and 80s were just beyond his budget.  But he learned that the 928s from the 1980s had not experienced the same kind of inflation and appreciation.  Seems the Porsche community had come to consider these Porsches impure (like rear-entry boots) because the 928s had the engine up front.  A 928 could be had for a third of the price of a 911 of the same year and condition.  So he bought two; a nice one to drive and a project to tinker with.

 

Easier to put old school skis in a 928, too.

 

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