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Help me set my cost expectations for boots, please?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm going to be getting boots for myself and my wife this season.

I'm a level 6 skier, 5'8" 200#, reasonably strong but not what you'd call 'athletic'.

She's a level 3 - 4 skiier, 5'8", 135#, athletic.

We've both been bitten by the skiing bug and intend to ski as much as possible from now on. Hence we want boots we can grow with at least for a few seasons.

My budget for boots is realistically very flexible, but I simply have no idea what type of price range I'm looking at. What do you reckon I should be planning on spending for these boots?

Thanks in advance for any input you can offer.

Jon

PS - Do I need to get liners/footbeds or is that a last 10% performance increase type thing?
post #2 of 6
A couple of quick points before I avoid an answer...

Should you get footbeds/ liners? Footbeds of some form, could be off the shelf 'trim to fit' or a full custom, will GREATLY increase your comfort and performance. They are also transferable from boot to boot most of the time. This is money well spent.

Liners? No.

You should be able to find plenty of great 'deals' out there. It's impossible to say what you will see for prices... could be $200 or it could be $600, the important thing to consider is:

A great price on the wrong boot is no 'DEAL'.

Take your time, work with a good boot fitter who will provide a 'Fit Guarantee' and try lots of boots on. Seriously, take your time and buy the best fitting boot regardless of cost, it will save you money in the long run.

One more tip: ski boots are all about fit, two year old boots are just as good as 'the latest and greatest'... just make SURE they fit right.
post #3 of 6
find a good boot fitter, and $400-$600 with thin socks, footbeds, boots etc is about right/average
post #4 of 6
The prices you are getting from my colleagues are reasonable, but remember again that boots don't come in widths. In other words each model comes in one width only. To some degree the price you will spend will be controlled by each of your foot widths. As boots get more expensive they generally get narrower.

Lou
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

That is really odd about the higher price ~ narrower boots phenomenon, BTW.

Jon
post #6 of 6
narrow AND stiff = more money. just narrow is doable in some brands (full tilt) and in most Jr race boots (if they go big enough)

FYI: Also VERY hard to find really wide and stiff boots too.
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