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A real Boot Fitter can walk on water

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I may be sounding a bit exuberant, but due to my boofitter, my skiing ability has improved beyond my expectations.

After visiting 8 ski shops and trying on 20 pairs of boots I bought a pair of Salomon Falcon CS boots. My bootfitter recommended the Falcons after analyzing my feet at a previous meeting. I then took the boots to the bootfitter where he proceeded to make numerous adjustments to the boots and my custom footbeds. When he was done the boots fitted perfectly. Skied them yesterday and the difference was remarkable. The difference in snow feel and ankle movement reponse is like night and day. It seems I turn the instant I first think of turning. I'm really impressed.

The most interesting adjustment he made was flattening the bottom of boot soles and bootboards. He placed the boots on a large flat piece of steel and showed how the boots could be rocked. It seemed the boot sole was slightly twisted. He explained that it is most likely caused by removing the boot shells from the factory molds while still hot. I never saw anybody do that before. He also raised the center of my footbeds where the ball of my foot rests because I told him there was a little pressure on the sides of my feet when in the boots. And it worked. The Falcons have a last of 98mm, my old boots have a last of 104mm, now my feet feel more comfortable in the Falcons, and we never used the CS feature of the Falcon boot.  As far as I'm concerned this guy can walk on water. If he retires or dies, and I can't find a qualified replacement within driving distance I will fly to where ever I can find a replacement.

Boot fitters are wrong when they say boots are more important than skis.

The truth is BOOTFITTERS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN BOOTS OR SKIS !!!
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I can't imagine anyone who would disagree with you!!!!
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Glad you found that to be true. I have been telling that to customers for years, only to hear them say "I just spent $600 on skis, why the heck would I mess with my banana-yellow Nordicas from 1979"?  Or, "I just spent $600 on boots, why would I drive 6 hours and spend another $250 on fitting and footbeds"?  I always try to send them to the best bootfitter in the region, but most people don't seem to bite: skis are much sexier it seems.  Look at how many people ran out and purchased the latest newfangled ski to look cool in the lift line, yet still can't ski, and probably have given no thought to their fitting of the boots?  When I travel someplace to ski, I can check the skis, but the boots are always in carry-on luggage!
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post

Glad you found that to be true. I have been telling that to customers for years, only to hear them say "I just spent $600 on skis, why the heck would I mess with my banana-yellow Nordicas from 1979"?  Or, "I just spent $600 on boots, why would I drive 6 hours and spend another $250 on fitting and footbeds"?  I always try to send them to the best bootfitter in the region, but most people don't seem to bite: skis are much sexier it seems.  Look at how many people ran out and purchased the latest newfangled ski to look cool in the lift line, yet still can't ski, and probably have given no thought to their fitting of the boots?  When I travel someplace to ski, I can check the skis, but the boots are always in carry-on luggage!

Those Nordica banana boots were great fitting and skiing boots! If the plastic hadn't disintegrated I'd still ski them any day

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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post




Those Nordica banana boots were great fitting and skiing boots! If the plastic hadn't disintegrated I'd still ski them any day


 

holy low cuff!!!
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Interesting comment. My bootfitter suggested that cutting the cuffs on my boots could improve my turning ability by making easier to roll my ankles. But I haven't had it done yet.
post #7 of 7
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Another interesting comment. One that is painfully true.

"its not that you cant ski the bumps, its that you cant ski and the bumps prove it"
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