"So you were boot shopping at a ski swap."I
was not. I try to help members of our ski club with purchases, especially for their kids. Many of the parents don't ski and have no idea what to get. I usually just translate for the parents so they know whether the sales person is full of poo poo or not. Granted, I kknow just enough to be dangerous but I usually know more than the seasonal help. What the parents do know is they aren't going to spend a lot of money on boots for a kid that won't fit in them next year. This was the case with this kid. He's growing like a weed and since his mother bought him a season pass, doesn't want to spend crazy money on rentals - again! The plan was to find something decent at a reasonable price that would get him through this year.
To go to a 'real' bootfitter is at least a 2 hour drive from where we are. No way are any of the parents going to put in that much effort for kids that are occasional skiers that don't race. Plenty folks hang out shingles in this area saying they are bootfitters but at most they can only make the boots stop hurting. More than likely, they were assigned to fitting boots without any training. That was the point of my posting. This kid was claiming the title of boot fitter but wasn't a 'real' boot fitter. More of a boot sizer. He was a good kid and was trying to be helpful.
Sorry to hijack but wanted to make sure everyone knows I'm not dissing (real) boot fitters. I'm a believer.
Originally Posted by Philpug
You should hear some of the stuff that comes out of customers mouths...
Guilty as charged. I've said:
"Can't I just wear two pair of socks with this pair? The price is more in my budget."
"I had them waxed at the end of last year so they should be fine this year."
"But these (boots) match my skis."
This site has changed all that. It only took a few months for me to drink the purple juice but I actually feel bad now when I think of some of the things I put ski shops through.
You nailed it.