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Boot fitter recommendation needed: Ottawa/Montreal

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I have a friend back East who is returning to skiing after a far-too-long hiatus. He used to be an expert level skier and is searching for a bootfitter in the Ottawa or Montreal areas. Any recommendations from the Bears are welcome.

Thanks for your help!

Cheers,
Alberto
post #2 of 21
Send a PM to jdistefa. He should be able to get your friend into the right hands in that area.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Great idea! Thanks.
post #4 of 21
In Ottawa I would recommend Frank Dinardo at Dinardo's Skis & Wheels. I'm not sure he is on the same level as jdistefa, but he is about as close as there is in the Ottawa area... and I searched a lot.
Dinardo's did a great job setting me up with boots at the start of the season and shell sized me into a pair of boots that fit perfectly. Also did custom molded Superfeet Cork inserts. I've skied with the boots a dozen times so far and am absolutely thrilled with them A huge improvement over my previous boots. I'd have no hesitation in recommending them.
http://www.dinardoskis.com/ski/index.html
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks Laurentian skier. I'll pass the info along, although I suspect that his huge feet are going to need some shell work for sure.
post #6 of 21
I used Dinardo's for my Superfeet custome inserts as well, they made a huge difference in my ski boots. Remember that Dinardo's only sells Technica ski boot, they may not fit your feet properly. I really wanted to purchase a pair but they didn't fit my feet at all, I tried on a few different models and I couldn't even get close to the comfort I needed. Ended up going with Dalbello Cross Pro, great boot, no regrets at all
post #7 of 21
If Montreal is convenient for you, definitely check out the Austrian Ski Shop on Cote de Neiges near Queen Mary. As for Paul. Tell him Neil sent you. Great guys...great service!
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input, guys. I'll pass the info along.
post #9 of 21

Dinardo's Skis & Wheels carries ski boots from Tecnica, HeadDalbello and Black Project.

 

 These brands offer a huge selection of different lasts from 95mm to 105mm, their selection has a match for every foot shape and size!

 

 Dinardo's brands offer a huge variety of choices in flex and shape and many offer mobility cuffs or superlite materials as well as some with canted soles. 

 

 We have been making custom footbeds (Boot Doc, Conformable, Superfeet) and  foam liners (currently Boot Doc Soft Foam) for over 35years....

 

 Ask about our selection of compression socks for skiing.


Edited by OttawaBootFiter - 10/19/15 at 6:43pm
post #10 of 21

Is Dinardo's still the best place for boot fitting in the Ottawa / Montreal areas?  I am totally willing to travel a few hours (from Ottawa) in order to enhance my boot / skiing experience.  I am not entirely unhappy with my present boots but am always looking to improve.  

post #11 of 21

Another suggestion:  Daniel Lachance Ski Service in Mt. Tremblant.  (in the village, not at the mountain!)

post #12 of 21

If you want the best boot fitter in the Ottawa area contact Barry at here....the BEST!!

 

http://skiconnexions.ca/

post #13 of 21

Wicked, I will try Barry first - and maybe double check with Daniel sometime in December.  Quick question (probably just asking for another thread link) what exactly does a boot fitter do?  Do they just make my boots fit better or will they also suggest the best brand / model of boot for me to be wearing?  Cheers!

post #14 of 21
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Wicked, I will try Barry first - and maybe double check with Daniel sometime in December.  Quick question (probably just asking for another thread link) what exactly does a boot fitter do?  Do they just make my boots fit better or will they also suggest the best brand / model of boot for me to be wearing?  Cheers!

Both.  A good boot fitter will take it as far as you want to go.  Alignment, canting, etc.  Certain boots work for certain foot shapes and leg articulation better than others.  You'll get the best result if you start from scratch and go through the whole process.  From a boot fitter perspective, it can be challenging to make an existing boot better if it wasn't the right boot, or size, to begin with.

post #15 of 21

Thanks, I really appreciate everyone's input.

post #16 of 21

Hi

 

 I'd sure like to think so... it's been the driving force of my business since its inception.

In over 35 years I've fit many, many feet. I'd be happy to have a look at your existing boots and skis and give you a free assessment. Call to make an appointment any day @ 613-596-0007.

 

See you soon, the snow flurries have started!

 

Frank

post #17 of 21

I little late to the party on this one but I have had boot work done by both Frank and Barry (mmmm FrankenBerry)  over the years and you can not go wrong with either of these boot pros.

 

Having one leg significantly shorter than the other ( 1.25 inches ) I have a great disparity in needs for each boot and both have had me riding flat and pain free for years now.

post #18 of 21

 Tag for later

 

Kyle

post #19 of 21
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If you want the best boot fitter in the Ottawa area contact Barry at here....the BEST!!

 

http://skiconnexions.ca/

 

Barry is an awesome fitter, but doesn't he relocate to Whistler in the late fall? (edit: found my own answer, out in Whistler as of mid-October).

 

There are also a few guys through Sporting Life that that most of the race community goes to as well.

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by ZeroGravity View Post
 

 

Barry is an awesome fitter, but doesn't he relocate to Whistler in the late fall? (edit: found my own answer, out in Whistler as of mid-October).

 

There are also a few guys through Sporting Life that that most of the race community goes to as well.

 

Absolutely correct.  He is already in Whistler for the season.  With the high temperatures and lack of snow forgot how late in the year it actually is.

post #21 of 21


For all my boot fitting I go to Frank at Dinardo's Skis and Wheels in Ottawa. I have been a coach in the Ottawa area for around 30 years and spend a ton of time in my boots. I have had no issues with fit or function when Frank does his magic. I have watched him do other customers fittings many times. He treats each pair with the same care and passion. For me I have built up a trust in his knowledge and skills. I would have a hard time having some one else play with my boots.

Cheers, Brent.

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