I began skiing (in the Rockies) at age 3 and unfortunately haven't skied in over 10 years!! Long story.
Anyway, I am getting back and would like to have my own boots, since I have always had major issues with my feet. I definitely see the value of using a proper boot fitter, however, my planned trip to Taos this winter doesn't really allow enough time to get fitted. The only chance I might have to be out of town between now and then is Dallas, which I'm guessing is only marginally better. Albuquerque is a possibility, but might be too much of a time crunch.
Is it possible to get fitted via a long distance relationship with a bootfitter? I guess, would it be possible to get measurements of my feet, send pictures, etc. and at lest get a good idea of what boot I should be in and then get the fitting done when I get to the mountain? I would obviously be willing to pay for this service and guidance if it makes any sense to do it this way.
I've tried quite a few boots here locally and the 1/3 of the guys who actually tried my foot in the shell thought the Nordica Hot Rod 75 was the best fitting shell (vs the Tecnica...not sure which one).
I tried the Impact 8 and it was a little tight in the forefoot, Tecnica Vento was edged out in comfort by a hair by the Mission 8, etc as a point of reference. I realize that this is only a small part of the story. I definitely want comfort, but don't want to sacrifice too much in way of performance.
I'm 37yo, 6'0", 185lbs, used to be a good skier but I've been out for too long. I would like a good All-mountain boot that will provide comfort, but not leave me longing for more performance.
I have flat feet, skinny calves, and measure a mondo 26.5 with a D unweighted and E weighted width. Any thoughts are much appreciated.
Thanks for listening!