http://www.epicski.com/forum/newestpost/87958 The thread was started to discuss detecting alignment issues while skiing.
Short version is:
I bought her boots last year that still fit (she hasn't grown much), boot info below. They will need work for her to keep using them. The boots are fine, just don't meet her needs, mainly because of the cuff. I think any boot for her is going to require some work but mostly things less noticable than the cuff alignment. She isn't able to get forward in the boot because the cuff hits the top of the foot box when she flexes.
I can get her new boots new boots that have cuff adjustments for $175 (maybe even lower) and is a higher end boot and is a Jr race boot.
Is it worth it to bring her old boots to a bootfitter to make adjustments? I'm guessing that the bootfitters time and correcting of the boots is going to cost close to what the new ones will, especially when you add the cost of a 2 hour drive each way, food and the like.
Or get the Rossi's and the shop can get them right or pretty close? They do a bit of bootfitting and is the only shop in the areas still offering race equipment.
I believe I've over thought this and need to get back on track.
Below is just more detailed data of the above:
From my studying of late and my just enough to be dangerous knowledge, with recommendations from the above thread, I know something needs to be done. What I know is:
Girl 11 y/o 72 # 4'6" Decent skier (this will be her 5th year) and just started racing last year. Going to a race camp in December for one week.
Current boots are Dalbello P4 size 22.5 flex is 40
Boots recommended by ski shop guru (not a bootfitter but has been working at the shop for 20 years or so) are Rossi Radical Jr 70. Last years model and is why it is on sale.
Things I noticed on her:
With the liner removed and the footbed in the boot, her legs are touching/almost touching her boots on the medial side and there is probably an 1" or so gap on the lateral. Her feet are FLAT. All her joints hyper extend/flex
I went to a local shop tonight to talk to the person that I recently heard is a fairly decent bootfitter. He wasn't there so I talked to the second in command (20 year guy) about going through the alignment process with the boots she had. He didn't think correcting those boots was something that would be accomplished easily and pointed out that if I was going to do put that much into it, why not start with better boots that wouldn't require so much work. They had Rossi Radical Jr 70 that have cuff adjusters. It did look to be a better boot (taller, more forward lean, microadjust etc) and was on sale for what I think would be close to the money I would end up spending on bootfitting her old boots.
Edited by L&AirC - 11/18/09 at 2:11am