You may remember my thread about looking for a second ski in addition to my current Volkl AC30. I've yet to buy anything in that regard, but anyway.
I've also come to the conclusion that new boots would most likely do me pretty good as well. At the moment, I'm using some Salomon boots from a couple years ago. They fit me alright. I'm not sure how good they are because I haven't tried any other boots since I got my Salomons. When I did get them originally, I think I got them as a gift, so I hadn't even tried them in person before buying (since my folkls bought them for me). They've done the job for these past couple of years. Like I said they fit alright, and I haven't really had any problems skiing with them. I figure though that a new pair of boots would probably make quite a difference.
Anyway, so looking at boots locally, there are 3 shops here that sell Tecnica boots and I think two of these also sell Nordica boots, these are the two brands I was looking at.
Now from what I have researched so far, there are two ways of buying a boot. One is to go into the ski shop and try a few boots and see which one fits best. Ideally I would find my specific size and then try like 2 or 3 boots of that size in my price range and see which one is comfortable. From what I've seen, at the ski shop here they also do this thing to the boot where they mould it to your foot or something like that. You put the boot on, and they put some hot substance inside the liner or something like that. Not quite sure how it works. I've been told by someone else to stay away from boots that are moulded to your foot because according to them, they don't have enough leeway as your foot may increase or decrease slightly on a ski day depending on temperature and other factors.
The other way is to go to this one place here in Calgary where this guy has a bunch of equipment to see which boot is best for you. I'm assuming this is what is commonly reffered to as professional bootfitting.
For the first method, as far as I can tell in terms of price, you have some models to choose from Nordica and Tecnica that vary from like $400cad to $1000cad or something like that.
I have no idea what the second method costs (professional bootfitting).
I would like to hear some comments from you folks on the following things:
- pro/cons to the first method (just trying out some boots) and pro/cons about the moulded footprint thing?
- pro/cons to the second method (professional bootfitting)?
- how much approximately would the professional bootfitting cost on top of the cost of the boot itself?