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post #61 of 63
We also have Viking, Vertical Drop (where Rockfordskiman also an Epic boot guy works) both in the Chicago area. In Michigan there is the place where Trekchick gets fit (I forget the name). In NYC there is Jeff Rich. I am sure there are more who are not on here, but those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. Also I do agree that there is a good or even OK bootfitter at every major resort out west. Out west shops have way more part timer help than what I have, my part time guys have been here for 15-20 years. Please note I am not bashing on the western guys, yes there are more good fitters out there than here in the Mid-West, I readily admit that.
post #62 of 63
Here's my .02 on buying boots online (or anywhere without a real boot fitting professional)

A) You'd better have considerable experience breaking in new boots so you know how they should feel new verses broken in.

B) You'd better be pretty adept at using an exacto knife, duct tape, shims and other modifications.

C) You'd better be comfortable using the above skills on a possession worth $300 +

D) Based on A, B, and C you should only save the $50 - $100 by not utilizing a professional if geography or finances make it impossible, or you have enough experience with boots to consider yourself somewhat of a pro that is willing take the chance of cutting in to your new boots if need be.
post #63 of 63
My boots were $760 at a shop in Whistler (including custom footbeds), and they now fit PERFECTLY (well the first 4-5 days were torture as the liners were molding to my feet).

Since I have quivers in different locations, I bought two more pairs at $150 from levelninesports.com, and took them back to the Whistler shop to get modded like the original pair, and pay them for the mods.

I wouldn't buy over the web unless I knew exactly what I wanted - the pair I got sold before from a CT shop couldn't even be modded to get close to the right fit. And the mods they did were completely atrocious.

If you're going to take someone's time to find the right boot then buy on the web, your karma's going to take a major hit unless you tell them up front and make some arrangements.
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