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All mountain, powder, trees, 15 ft cliff drops

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hello,
I'm wondering what you all would suggest as a boot for me.  I know the least about boots for sure.  I tried on a couple solomans, they were alright, but i liked the Nordica sportmachine with a 80-90 stiffness to them.  These were the most comfortable. 
I'm willing to give up SOME control in favor of comfort, as I generally get some cramping of my feet (I think my raichle's are a lil too loose) and when i try on new boots as well as my old boots i usually get a sensitive spot on the inside of my shins right where the two peices of the boot overlap.  From what I have read, I think I want Nordica's (especially since I'm a huge fan of Italian stuff), with a stiffness between 80-100. 
I'm 5'8'', 145 lbs, and consider myself an advanced, not expert skier.  As stated above, I stay off groomed trails as much as possible, and need something that will provide "comfortable" landings from about 15' in the air.  My feet are fairly narrow and my arch i would say is about a 4 out of 10, 10 being very curvey. These will be paired with 171 silver 1080's (Pocket Rockets), and will probably be upgrading to Mantras next year.
Should I be on the lookout for some salomon 1080 foils from a couple years ago?
As per my lifestyle, I would love to pick up some "Jah love" boots, but 130's?  Doubt that's for me.
Also, I will be in Boulder/Denver this weekend, where should I go?  I bought my fiance skis at Alpine Base and Edge.  Charlie was very helpful and the Nordica rep happened to be there, but we were there for her.  I wouldn't mind going back there, but is there one shop in the region that you just can't beat?
Edited by guroo270 - 11/13/09 at 11:47am
post #2 of 13
this site has a list of  recomended boot fitters.   I bet you will find one in your area.  let them help you
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
i was hoping to get some of my first questions answered so i could visit one of the recommended places with some info in hand.  also, someone could have mentioned the huge ski and snowboard convention that just took place in the denver convention center if they knew about it, but i guess people in this section of forums just pass the buck.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

i was hoping to get some of my first questions answered so i could visit one of the recommended places with some info in hand.  also, someone could have mentioned the huge ski and snowboard convention that just took place in the denver convention center if they knew about it, but i guess people in this section of forums just pass the buck.
with that kind of attitude you are lucky you get a response at all..... most of us are heads down at the fitting bench at this time of year so miss out on many things that are happening even round the corner unless we are physically involved (i am in the UK so i miss more than most)

giving up performance for sakes of comfort is not a direction many boot fitters would want to take you in, if a boot is too big it is simply too big, there is absolutly no reason that if a boot is the correct shape/size for your foot/skiing that you shouldn't have comfort AND performance, you say that your feet are narrow, the sportmachine is a pretty wide fit, prehaps the speed machine would be a closer match to your foot or one of the hot rod range of boots which are narrower still.... if there is too much width in the boot then you will have to tighten it up too much in order to hold the foot which in itself will cause pain...the most important thing is to get the size and VOLUME correct...if there is too much volume in the boot for your narrow foot then the foot will slide forward and you will impact your toes on landing

hope that makes sense and you understand why people respond with answers like see a boot fitter.... there are a good number around the colorado area find the best one you can, either from the list or by recomendation form other skiers you know and let them sort you out.... explain exactly what you are looking for and why, don't over sell the ability thing and trust the fitter... the majority of boot problems come form boots being a size too big as people judge the boot before it is even clipped up

good luck
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I realize that wasn't the nicest response, but i was having a hard time understanding the point of ask the boot guys section if all that would be said was, go to a boot fitter.  And no, there is no mention of a boot fitter in Grand Junction that was worth while.  Telluride and Breck (Racer's edge) were the closest things i found. 

post #6 of 13
just make sure your boots are red, and you should be fine..

if not wear more pairs of socks.

hope this helps.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
The nod towards the Hot Rods was helpful. Thank YOU for that info.
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

just make sure your boots are red, and you should be fine..

if not wear more pairs of socks.

hope this helps.

 
I'm sure it will be at least as helpful as your first response.
post #8 of 13
guroo, i don't have a map of the USA  in front of me and my geography of the area around you is not good.... what i can say is boot docs in telluride is a great store, also you have guys in aspen (but this whole colorado thing is a big area

 the point of the boot forum is not to say see a bootfitter but sometimes that is the answer that the question requires, specific questions about possible solutions will normally get a favourable answer but it is near impossible to fit boots on line as we do not have your feet in front of us

good luck in your quest for great boots
post #9 of 13
The boot you buy is not as important as the person who fits it. Boots are highly modifiable by the right person.   Everyone on this forum without exception has a much higher knowledge level than is typical in an average ski shop.  YOu are putting the cart before the horse so to speak,  Go to a good boot fitter and you'll get a good boot.  Go to any shop to buy a boot and you'll get any boot.
post #10 of 13
http://mntlion.com/blog.html   some good info

plus read some of the stickies on this site, 

it should help to explain why we can't tell you what boot to buy online, without seeing your feet, ankle flexion, arch size, etc.

can't help with this little info.   It is like someone asking "what kind of perscription glasses do I need" or "what car should I buy"

 

just to open ended, and not enough info

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
 would it do anything for you guys if i posted pics of my feet, ankles and calves with something next to them for scale?  and yes, i think after all this, i will make a trip to see what seems to be "the legendary" jeff bergeron (sp?) in Breck.  I can swing that.
post #12 of 13
Before you post anymore please read the very first section at the top of the forum under rules which boot will work for me.  Despite what you want from us what you are asking quite simply is difficult to do over the net and is outside our purpose.  We are happy to help with specific fit and technical issues but simply cannot help with what you want.

See Jeff.  Or any of us.  In person we can help, in this format we cannot
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
thank you for that clarification.  much appreciated.
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