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Park City Boot Fitter

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm not posting this in the boot section becuase only the "boot guys" can reply to a post to start.

I want to hear people's opinions and experiences with places in Park City.

I will be passing through in a few weeks and need new boots and want to get them custom fitted this time around.

I've heard hit/miss opinions about Surefoot.

I have heard good things about Brent Amsbury there also.

Anyone got two cents or other people in the area?

Thanks
post #2 of 17
 Well, if you want to go two canyons south - Superior ski in Snowbird is excellent for boot fitting. We ski Solitude every year, but head down to little cottonwood canyon for all our fitting needs...
post #3 of 17
Try sport loft in Sandy ask for Earl
post #4 of 17
Dude at PCMR Cole Sport, Kip at Silver Lake Cole Sport, or Ernie at Boot Works at PCMR.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies.
post #6 of 17
Brent is a top notch pro- had a great experience with him recently
post #7 of 17
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Dude at PCMR Cole Sport, Kip at Silver Lake Cole Sport
 


Very good at what he does...  Will spend time and make it right....

P.S.  If you ever get a chance to ski with him, he Absolutely rips...  Awsome skier....
post #8 of 17
Has anybody had any experience with Bootworks in the Plaza at Park City Mountain Resort? 

I bought a new pair of boots locally this year (old pair was 10 years old) and I've never had any fit problems with any pair of Nordicas that I've had over the last 3 decades.  After a week of skiing in Tahoe, the bunion on my right foot was not happy in these boots.  The left boot fits perfectly, the right boot is perfect except for the bunion.

I called Bootworks and described my problem and he told me exactly what he would do which was to heat the boot and use a special press to push out that part of the boot where my bunion is.  They have a video on YouTube that shows the process. 

I also called Surefoot, also in the Plaza, and the younger guy I spoke with kind of hemmed and hawed and then said that they would first grind the shell on the inside and if that wasn't enough they'd heat the boot and punch it out.

Based on both discussions I have more confidence in the guy at Bootworks.  Which method is preferable, grinding or stretching?

I live in San Diego but will staying at PCMR at the end of this month.  The only real local ski shopped closed this past summer and I'm not confident that that I can find anyone locally that is competent to do this. 
post #9 of 17
The guys at Bootworks are great. The owner Ernie Ernst has been at this location for over 20 years. One of his employees is John Gatchell who was the boot guy at Cole Sports for years and was one of the 1st two guys hired by Surefoot when they started their business. Bootworks is the place to go to in Park City.
post #10 of 17
Thanks, roskier!  It looks like the local REI will be able to do it.  They have hired Ron from Ranchcraft, which closed this past year.  Ron is mentioned in an old thread from a few years ago as one of the best bootfitters in SoCal.  At least I know if I continue to have problems I have someplace to go in PC.
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just as an update to this thread I started.  Last week I met with Brent Amsbury to get boots fitted.  He didn't have boots in my size, so he just sent me over to Sports Authority with a list of good different models of boots for my foot/style/level of skiing along with the sizing I needed that he measured.  I picked up a great pair of Soloman's that were on sale for a great price.  Then I went back over to Brent's place right next door and he did his magic and work for making a custom foot bed and fitting the boots.  Didn't take but 2 hrs tops, and that included my trip over to Sports Authority were the service is so-so.

He is top notch and the boots are working very well.  He is very nice, professional and his rates are resonable.  Overall I was very happy with his work, skills and helpfulness.  I would be glad to refer anybody to him that needs boot fitting.

Thanks
post #12 of 17
I just wanted to post an update to my earlier posts.  Ron at REI (formerly at Ranchcraft) is apparently having health problems, so it didn't look like he was going to be able to get my boot done before my trip to Park City.  Because we were going to be at Deer Valley for two days before moving to PCMR and it wasn't going to be convenient to go to PCMR before that, I went to Hansen Surfboards in Encinitas.  They are primarily a surfboard shop but sell ski gear during ski season and have been doing boot fitting for several decades. They said it would take 24 hours to punch out my boot for my bunion because they put it in a press and heat it, then let it cool in the press.  Cost me $20.  At any rate, I now have a little bump in my right boot and my bunion didn't bother me during the eight days of skiing we did in Utah.

We did take my wife's boots to Bootworks though.  She also has new boots and this was her first time skiing in them.  After three or four days she said that her right big toe was going numb.  I'm not sure who took care of us at Bootworks, but he measured her feet and determined that her right foot was 0.5cm longer than her left foot.  He dipped her boot in hot water for a few minutes and punched out the toe.  This solved her problem and she's now happy with her boots.  Took about 10 minutes and $20.
post #13 of 17
Good to hear that the guys at Bootwoks were able to help you. They are all very experienced. I am visiting them next week for some work on my Tecnica's.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by techlogik View Post

Just as an update to this thread I started.  Last week I met with Brent Amsbury to get boots fitted.  He didn't have boots in my size, so he just sent me over to Sports Authority with a list of good different models of boots for my foot/style/level of skiing along with the sizing I needed that he measured.  I picked up a great pair of Soloman's that were on sale for a great price.  Then I went back over to Brent's place right next door and he did his magic and work for making a custom foot bed and fitting the boots.  Didn't take but 2 hrs tops, and that included my trip over to Sports Authority were the service is so-so.

He is top notch and the boots are working very well.  He is very nice, professional and his rates are resonable.  Overall I was very happy with his work, skills and helpfulness.  I would be glad to refer anybody to him that needs boot fitting.

Thanks

Brent has posted here in the past and has given some advice on a thread where I asked for info on fitting for a young man I know that has one short leg.  IMHO he is among the cream of the crop in boot fitting.
But then, I can list several amazing bootfitters on this forum that I'd trust my feet with.
Bud, Jim, Greg, .......wow, we are in the presence of some talent!

Glad you got someone like Brent. 
post #15 of 17

What is the name of the shop where Brent Amsbury works ??

post #16 of 17

I have to say as well Dude is the man to see ion P.C. If you know how hard a 150 WC Dobbie is, the Dude is the man. Guys at the tram plaza also great boot fitter's at C.S. I will be back for another set this season..

post #17 of 17

Just spent a quality morning with Ernie at Bootworks today.  Expensive but quality.  Was very impressed with his knowledge and talent.  (The guy was telling me about foot injuries I had forgotten about.)

 

When the planning is over there will be some shiny new Soli Impact 120's waiting to take to the WROD for testing and tweeking .

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