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Christy Sports vs. Specialist

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am thinking about getting a custom foot bed/trim to fit or moldable foot bed of some sort. I know Christy Sports does them for $100. I have heard great things about Larry the Bootfitter in Boulder but have no idea of the cost. I am on a tight budget but keep hearing how it will improve my skiing ability and enjoyment so I don't want to take the cheapest way out. My boots are comfortable now but I'm wondering if there is some truth to the improvement in my skiing with a custom footbed. Will I likely see results from a specialist that I wont see from the bootfitter at Christy's in Boulder? I know the queston of... is it worth seeing a specialist for the money? is completely dependent on the person but just want to hear peoples thoughts. For the professional bootfitting specialists on the forum I appreciate your advice and I'm sure you get sick of similar questions I really just want to know if Christy's does a good job or if you need to spend a lot at a specialist to see good results. Thanks, Drew.
post #2 of 13
I think the real question whether your current boots really fit. If you had a very good bootfitting originally that included alignment balancing and canting and you are comfortable, then why bother? If not, then you should first check to see whether you actually have boots that fit well.
post #3 of 13
I don't know a bootfitter that won't strongly recomend a footbed. Have you worked with an actual fitter? It also depends on the type of footbed being sold at Christies. I don't know of any deals on the type of footbed that I use for that price. Usually the shop will substatually discount a footbed for the purchace of a pair of boots. Even with my Pro Discount, a new footbed will cost a hundred or more. I hope this helps
post #4 of 13
see someone good. They can talk to you about what a custom can or can't do FOR YOU, and then your call on it.
Are you skiing the stock footbed right now or something else?
just about everyone likes an off the rack footbed more then a flat stock one. but the jump from $50 off the rack, to $150 custom is not always three times the performance/comfort
post #5 of 13
I have Frankenstein feet and need custom beds, but I also have 3 quivers (including boots) scattered around North America, so going custom gets a little pricey.

As you're not sure, and on a tight budget try this - I've found the off-the-shelf brands pretty useless, but I just got finished with a set of Yaktrax heat moldable beds, and they feel like a solid 90% of custom beds. In fact they were good enough that I got my heaters installed as I'll be staying with them after trying probably 3-4 different drug store and ski shop beds. Here's a place to find them for $27 - what do you have to lose?

http://www.backcountryoutlet.com/out...C02&mv_pc=r141
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
I went to CO Ski and Golf to buy my boots last year. (Skied a little over 30 days on the boots.) They did very little as far as boot fitting, other than looking at the width of my foot and measuring shell size. I tried a few on and found one I liked. They are comfortable enough I never got checked for alignment, canting, and balance. At this point I am looking for more performance without sacrificing comfort. I'm not sure my boots can get much more comfortable. I'm hoping the bootfitter will be able to improve the performance (tighten things up) without making them uncomfortable. I think I will just talk to Christy Sports and ask what the specialists do that Christy's doesn't, which would account for the difference in price. Thanks for all the advice.
post #7 of 13
Lee @ The Custom Foot in Denver isn't cheap but he's very good.
post #8 of 13
no fitter worth their salt will do anything to "tighten things up" or do any sort of alignment or canting without a proper footbed...

to put it in perspective, a custom footbed you can keep for 5,6,7 years costs as much as 2 days lift passes at a destination resort...
post #9 of 13
Larry is a great guy to see. I've been going there for a couple years, having recreational boots as well as full race plug boots fitted there. Well worth the cost and time if you plan on doing more than a few days of skiing per year. Boots are arguably the most important part of your ski setup. I have seen quite noticeable changes in my skiing after being properly fit to my boots (which includes custom foot beds). Additionally, making an appointment with Larry is likely to be comparable in price to having some custom foot beds made at Christy's. Hope this helps...
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

thanks

I will likely see Larry, I wrote down his number and am going to call to make an appointment.
Hanzi0, thanks for the advice. You don't happen to remember how much it was for him to fit you in the recreational boots. I really don't think he'll do much more than a custom foot bed and then maybe take out a bit of the shell to soften them up for me. I ski 30-40 days a year so I think it will be worth sacking up and paying for the good stuff.
post #11 of 13
I have just 3 things to tell you regarding this...

Go to Larry's...
Go to Larry's...
Go to Larry's...

They will not rip you off...
Tell them what you want done...
Tell them you don't have a custom footbed, ask them if a custom footbed will help you very much or not...
They will be honest with you...
I just went on Monday and saw Michael, and shook hands with Larry himself...
I went to have a pair of intuition Alpine wraps put in...
We wen through a series of questions, and they told me intuitions were not the answer...
They worked on the boots for about 30 minutes..
We will find out next week how the changes work out...
They charged me MUCH, MUCH less than a pair of installed intuitions...
Needless to say i made an appointment for my wife on the spot...
I am done with going to the big stores and buying boots...
From now on i go to someone who does this for a living...

For years i have dinked around with getting something done here and there...never totally happy or a fit that would not last all year...

From now on i will give Larry my business...
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
rspacher...thanks for the advice. Glad to hear you had a good experience there and he seems to run a great business. I wont be getting anything done till the beginning of Jan. b/c of travel but I'll be sure and let everyone know how it went.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Going tomorrow (Thursday) to see Larry in Boulder. Very excited about finally getting custom footbeds. I'll throw in an update on how it went.
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