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post #1 of 14
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First of all, I would like to thank every one of the boot specialists here for taking the time to answer my dumb questions in earlier threads. The information I have received here, particularly from the sticky thread on "Which boot is right for me" have been very insightful.
As mentioned in an earlier thread I decided to start skiing last fall semi-seriously (had been out 3 times in my life prior). I had skis and some old rear entry boots in size 12s so I decided to get new boots to start what I hoped would be a long season. Not knowing anything about boots, I bought myself the equivalent of size 12 street shoes (which I wear). My wife also got new boots at the same time. She is an advanced skier, although she had only skiied a couple of times a year for the past decade.
As the season wore on and I got better it became apparent to me that my boots were too loose, although again, I really didn't have anything to go by other than my gut feelings and what I had read in this forum. I managed to finish out the season with with boots that seemed to be getting looser each time out.
In preparation for this year, last week I finally found a local bootfitter. He shell measured my boots and - I kid you not - there was 2-1/2 inches gap between the back of my foot and the shell with my toes lightly touching the front of the shell. From there they found a set of old stock demos that were a perfect shell fit and installed Superfeet heat molded cork insoles.
Taking what I learned on this site and in the fitting, tonight I took the linings out of my wife's new boots and did some measurements. Well, obviously by experience, she had a better idea in the store of how a ski boot should fit. At most, she has a 5/8 to 3/4 inch gap to the back of the shell, and even to get that I may have been forcing her foot forward, just to get a finger in the shell to feel around. Side to side she has maybe 1mm or even less.
The only complaint she has ever had about the boots is that she has a heck of a time getting them on. Once on she can leave them on all day and says they are the most comfortable boots she has ever worn (which is why I thought maybe they would turn out to be a hair too big).
These are the pretty inexpensive Nordica B7s BTW.
I was going to take her to the same store for a fitting, maybe some new boots and some custom fitted cork insoles of her own. However after talking to her tonight, measuring the boots, and rereading the "which boot is right for me" sticky, I think I am just going to pick up some Superfeet Greens and trim them to fit her boots.
So that's two thanks I owe to the Boot Guys here this week... first for guiding me into getting a set of properly fitted boots for myself, and secondly for saving me a ton of money on doing the same for my wife
post #2 of 14
you can email us the beer money for that advice

post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
you can email us the beer money for that advice



I'll just drop it off to Lou if I ever make it out to Blue Mountain...
post #4 of 14
Thanks for the offer, but you'll find it easier if you come to ski Louise, which by the way is always recommended. Your story is not unusual and in your area you really should have no problem getting it remedied. Have a great season and stop in if your are in the area.

Lou
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
Thanks for the offer, but you'll find it easier if you come to ski Louise, which by the way is always recommended. Your story is not unusual and in your area you really should have no problem getting it remedied. Have a great season and stop in if your are in the area.

Lou
Oops, sorry about that. I don't know why I thought you were in Collingwood. I must have mixed you up with someone else.
I would love to get out to Louise some day but a bit of a far drive for me. You can be absolutely sure that if I am ever in the area anywhere near one of the recommended Boot guys on this forum that I will be visiting them. It took me over a year to find someone in this area. Even when I posted in this forum last winter for recommendations on a bootfitter in the Montreal or Ottawa areas I received 0 answers.
post #6 of 14
I think you may have meant "JDistefa" who I believe is in Collingwood?
post #7 of 14
Mmm... beer.
post #8 of 14
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Mmm... beer.
There we go! LOL! I knew there was someone at Blue Mountain whose replies I had read... just remembered the wrong name
You can be sure if I am ever coming that way I will be letting you know in advance.
post #9 of 14
Of course it is natural you remembered me instead of Matt you just didn't know why. For the record he is shorter and not nearly as good looking (lacks the distinguishing gray at the temples).

Lou

Book that flight now.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
LMAO! Believe me Lou, I will get out to Louise some day. The sad part is I lived in Alberta for a good part of the 80s and 90s but I did not ski back then. I was too busy with motorcycle ice racing.
Well, I got out on the new boots for the first time today and I must say that they were exactly as advertised. They were certainly not as comfortable as my old boots, which were like slippers, but I felt waaay more solid on my skis and while they were tight, the boots were a lot more comfortable than I expected given we had gone down two full sizes (30.0 to 28.0).
It was -20 Celsius when I hit the hill with the thinnest socks I have ever worn and I did not get cold feet... well no colder than normal anyway LOL! I was also able to ski much more agressively in the new boots (not rocket fast, but a lot of quick short radius carving, which is usually quite difficult for me). I DID have to take them off when I took a break (one half hour break for lunch after 2-1/2 hours of skiing in -20), which I never do, but my feet did need a bit of relief after two hours in the cold. After the break I went right out and did another two hours no problem.
Very, very happy with the new boots. Honestly, if it were not for reading this forum I probably would never have had any idea that my old boots were too loose.
I hope it is not against forum rules but I would like to thank Frank Dinardo of Dinardo's Skis & Wheels in Ottawa for treating me so well and doing such a nice job on the boots. They have definitely earned my business.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
Of course it is natural you remembered me instead of Matt you just didn't know why. For the record he is shorter and not nearly as good looking (lacks the distinguishing gray at the temples).
That's it, I'm going to stop dying my hair.
post #12 of 14
There is still that height issue. I suggest red stilettos. Anyway they've always done it for me.
post #13 of 14
Uh... awkward.
post #14 of 14
Indeed, just like too much ramp. but what they do for your legs.
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