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I hope this is the right forum for these quesitons.  I read the forum rules and I think I am not breaking them with this post. :)  If I am please feel free to let me know and point me in the right direction.

I'm an intermediate skier who skied infrequently, once every few years,  in the past and may now end up skiing more, a few times a year,  than before.  Knowledgeable folks all say that the most important item to get is a good fitting boot.  So I am thinking of doing that first.  I'm new to buying boots so I have lots of questions.  I'm 5'7" and weigh 175 at the moment, I hope to drop a bit of weight in the near future.  I ride a bike year round, about 5,000 miles a year.  I have good strength in my legs, but could use some more core strength.   I will not be racing, maybe just chasing after my 6 year old son. :)   I just want to  have fun going down the mountain.  I also want to get the most value for the money spent.  I know in cycling it is possible to spend a lot of money and not get any better performance than much cheaper equipment.  I want to avoid doing that.

When buying boots will bootfitting be included or is that something I should expect to pay extra for?  At a particular price point should I expect to get this service included?  Is bootfitting something that is done when you buy?  After you have worn the boots for a while?  Only if you have problems?

What differentiates a $200 boot from a $800 boot?  Better materials?  More features? 
What are must have features and which can I pass on?
 When going up the price range what should I expect to get as I pay more?
Are there brands or features I should completely avoid? 

I know flex is important in how skis will react to your input, how do I know what flex would work best for me?  What do I gain, and lose, as I go up the flex scale?  Is the same flex scale used by all boot manufacturers?

Is buying a set of used boots a bad idea?  If buying used is ok, what should I look for in used boots?  Do boots wear out and how can I spot a pair that is worn out and not worth getting?

That's all I can think of at the moment.  Thanks in advance.
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All good questions..Best answer... see a bootfitter. All boots fit different. You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a proper fit. A good bootfitter will evaluate your feet and mechanics and direct you to your best option. I would stay away from used boots and get the best fit possible with new boots. Try www.bootfitters.com to see who you local bootfitters are. Good luck
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Originally Posted by adr5 View Post

  I know in cycling it is possible to spend a lot of money and not get any better performance than much cheaper equipment.  I want to avoid doing that.

Hi Alex,

   Imagine your cycling saddle was made of lightly padded hard plastic (OK, it probably is), was what you steered the bicycle with and clamped onto your groin with metal buckles... I'm betting you would pay whatever it took to get a proper 'fit', no?

A good boot fitter will help you find a boot that fits your anatomy, your performance needs and your budget. Don't worry about 'bells & whistles', what matters if how the boot fits your foot. Avoid buying a boot that feels comfortable the moment you put your foot in, the fit will change quickly, going from tight to looser as the foam liner compresses, buy the boot to perform on the hill not for a 'slipper-like' fit in the store. Boot fitting should be included in the price of the boot on regularly priced boots, at least, if it is a major discount or a boot that is 'not recommended' then maybe no after-the-fact service will be included...

... any way, fit should be your first concern, next most important is fit, followed closely by fit.
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