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Thinking about going to Jim Lindsay at Bootech

post #1 of 10
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Moving to aspen in Dec and gonna buy my first pair of new boots.  I hear he is one of the best but it sounds like it is going to be around $1000 possibly including the custom insoles.  I have only been on skiis for 25 days or so but am hooked and while I do not have much money, I do not mind paying for a great service it pays off.  Gave him a call and he seems very honest as he suggested going to a discount store to buy the boots and bringing them to his shop to get fitted.  My question is if it matters who sizes you up for the initial boot that much if you are going for custom insoles anyway.  In other words, are there advantages to buying your boots at the place that is going to fit them to give some cohesiveness to the whole operation.  I will not have a car when I move up there so I may be out of luck when it comes to finding a bargin on the shells in Aspen in Dec anyway so I may be better suited just getting it done in one place.  Also, is there any other bootfitter in Aspen/Snowmass area that has as good of a reputation as bootech.  Sorry for the ramble, any help would be great, I am completely in the dark here.
post #2 of 10
It is great that Jim was willing to recommend you purchase boot at a discount store and then come to him, but probably it was more out of his perceived reluctance on your part to spend the money he charges.  There is no way that purchasing the boot on your own at Boot R US will come close to getting you the results that you'll get from letting Jim do everything.

Also don't put so much emphasis on custom insoles, they are but one part of what can be a fairly substantial package. 
post #3 of 10
 As difficult as it is to believe, spending a grand on boots, footbeds, and alignment is pretty standard these days as there are many boots now that retail for over $1,000.  Jim is a good guy and certainly will get you dialed in to maximize your skiing enjoyment!
post #4 of 10
jim at bootech is very well respected in aspen.

another good choice is jack rafferty at the thotic shop on the mall at snowmass. i think he might have trained jim in the old days. jack makes killer footbeds, i use them myself in all of my shoes.

jim
post #5 of 10
 Since you asked about other boot guys in Aspen with good reputations I will list all of the custom foot bed guys in Aspen for you

Jim L
Foot Foundation
Mark Rolfus
Jack Rafferty

This is the list of people that will work with you individualy and get you set up in what you have or find you something new.  these are the people that are dedicated to getting you set up and we don't do anything but feet.  We don't sell soft goods or skis or goggles just feet, and boots.  since you asked.  Every shop sells foot beds with boots but this is the short list of specialists in Aspen/Snowmass.  
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for all of the advice.  I was leaning toward getting both the boots and the fitting done at the same location as if your going to do it, you might as well not take any chances and do it right.  So it looks like I am going to have to sell some plasma or something to offset the cost.  I might pass out on the slopes, but my feet are going to feel fantastic.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by mosh View Post

 Since you asked about other boot guys in Aspen with good reputations I will list all of the custom foot bed guys in Aspen for you

Jim L
Foot Foundation
Mark Rolfus
Jack Rafferty

This is the list of people that will work with you individualy and get you set up in what you have or find you something new.  these are the people that are dedicated to getting you set up and we don't do anything but feet.  We don't sell soft goods or skis or goggles just feet, and boots.  since you asked.  Every shop sells foot beds with boots but this is the short list of specialists in Aspen/Snowmass.  
 
...and in case it's not clear, mosh himself is in that group and I know he'd take excellent care of you, as well. 
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by HiddenValleyMike View Post

thanks for all of the advice.  I was leaning toward getting both the boots and the fitting done at the same location as if your going to do it, you might as well not take any chances and do it right.  So it looks like I am going to have to sell some plasma or something to offset the cost.  I might pass out on the slopes, but my feet are going to feel fantastic.
Given all the skiing that you'll be doing living in Aspen, your feet are the only part of your body that your equipment touches. It can ruin your day or your season if they aren't working right (take it from one who knows!). It's worth it, for sure...

Good luck on selling that plasma! Heck, perhaps you can work out a deal with one of the guys to clean his shop (house, car, whatever) or anything else that you could do for him to help bridge the cost...
post #9 of 10
Wow! A thread about me? Must not be much else to talk about.

Just to clarify a couple of points, I routinely advise people on what boots might be best for them. At this time of year many of my clients are ski  professionals who will be eligible for a "pro deal". If the boot they like is not one I have available at a discount. they order it, and bring it back to me when they get it. I routinely suggest brands or models I may not even carry.

Occasionally, people will come to me for an assessment, we try on boots, figure which boot is right and they go buy it elsewhere based on price, and then bring it back for the rest. This was the scenario I suggested in the aforementioned instance.

Lastly, Jack Rafferty and I were partners in Thotic Shops for several years. I frequently recommend his work when my schedule is full.

Now please get back to your regular programming.

It's snowing  here!


jl


 
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks again for the help.  Jim, its been a while since we corresponded and didnt mean to miss quote you, and I think it is great by the way that you are open to the idea of  buying boots from someone else to help out with cost after you help initially select them.  Again, I will probably end up just going ahead and buying everything in your shop as finding a deal within a reasonable distance in Aspen at that time of year may prove to be a bit difficult, if not time consuming.  Thanks again, and I will see you in Dec.
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