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post #1 of 6
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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?

post #2 of 6

You could have a pretty good choice if you use it. Lou will tell you up front what it will take.  Just call.


Lou Rosenfeld
Lou's Skiing Performance Centre
4629 Bowness Rd. N.W.
Calgary, AB T3B 0B2
(403) 288-8556


Dave Williams
Ultimate Fit Center
211 Bear St
Banff, Alberta, T
(403) 762-7220 (3-9 in winter, banff)
(403) 678- 6824 (3-9 in winter, 10-7 summer, canmore)
(403) 762-0547 (daily, year round)

Edited by Cirquerider - 3/11/2009 at 10:59 pm
post #3 of 6

see Lou


odds are you don't/won't need foam


see me in banff / canmore if you need to (Lou is closer for adjustments)


$300-$800 CND, but no-one can say untill they have seen your feet, ankle range of motion, heel size, skiing ability, number of days / year, skiing goals, etc

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 


Originally Posted by mntlion View Post


see Lou


odds are you don't/won't need foam


see me in banff / canmore if you need to (Lou is closer for adjustments)


$300-$800 CND, but no-one can say untill they have seen your feet, ankle range of motion, heel size, skiing ability, number of days / year, skiing goals, etc


Hi mntlion, thank you for responding.  So what you're saying is that whomever I go to discuss the professional bootfitting, I will discuss my ability and what exactly I'm looking for in a boot, and then figure out if that's within my budget. I guess I'll think it over for now, I'll probably go by Lou's place sometime.

post #5 of 6

+1 to Dave's comments.  Both Lou and Dave have a lot of tools, modifications and knowledge at their disposal.  Their first step is simply to put you in the best boot for your needs, budget and fit as possible. You may not need anything else.  If you do, then boot punches and grinds are commonly done to improve fit.  Beyond fitting you can consider more expensive add-ons like footbeds.  Its entirely up to you how far you want to go in customizing your boots and fitting.  At the most basic level, the best boot-fitter is at least going to get you in the right boot.  You can stay within your budget and return for more services if and when you need them.  The fact you have expert options where you live is a real asset.  I encourage you to support that local expertise and benefit from it as much as you can.


A well fit boot saves you money because it last longer and progresses with you. Before I learned that, I disposed of one pair of Salomon XWave 9 boots from REI after only 8 times on them.  They simply didn't work for me.

post #6 of 6

Hey MustangSVT,


Regarding your question regarding heat fitting of the boot, it seems to be a straighforward process.  Now not all ski boots are custom moldable.  However for the ones that do have this feature, it is the boot liner that is thermo moldable - they are made out of a heat sensitive foam/polymer (urethane foam) that will fit to the form of your foot under compression and heat.


I recently bought a pair of Salomon Mission ski boots with this feature.  The shop that I went to took out the liners and heated them for 20+ minutes.  They then inserted them back in the shell and had me put them on and buckle them up (snug, but not too tight).  I then had to keep them on an walk around for about 20 minutes.  The boots were then heat molded to my feet.  Seem to work like a charm and my boots feel great.


Regarding the concern about getting the boot heat molded, I am not sure that this is really a problem.  Due to the nature heat and wear of the boot, the liner will eventually mold to the contour of your feet.  As such I think getting them heat molded to your feet will only accelerate the process and make them more comfortable. Last point - you are dealing this a thermoplastic polymer that has a memory along with some elasticity.  However over time the liner will "pack out" over time.  That's why many boot fitter suggest getting boots 1 size smaller than your normal boot size.  This is to compensate for this packout.


Anyway that's is my view.  I am sure that there are much more knowledgeable boot fittings that can comment and may have other issues to discuss.  I agree the best approach is to go to a reputable ski shop with a boot fitting that can assess your stype, skill, needs, and orthodics.  My opinion the boots are just as important if not more important than the ski.  Have a bad fit and you will have a crappy day out on the skis.

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