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Boot Fitter Recommendation Needed for Vail

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to see if anyone has any insight on who the best boot fitter is in Vail.  I will be out there several times this season and I am having problems with my current boot.  I am an aggressive skier and need a great boot fitter.  If you post a response and you are a Ski Instructor or Patroller please let me know .  I would think that the more time you spend on your skis the better knowledge you may have on who the best boot fitter is in Vail. 

Thanks in advance for any advice.
post #2 of 19
I can't say they're the best bootfitter, but I have had a great experience with Surefoot.  Bought original pair of boots @ Beavercreek Surefoot.  Since then the Vail Surefoot has worked on my boots multiple times and I have alway been pleased.  This past trip they actually worked on a pair of boots I purchased online.  They ground one sole, both heels, and blew out both toe boxes, all for free.  I did give them a case of beer, but that was after the fact.  My wife also just purchased her second full custom Surefoot Langes and she of course loves them.  She is a former L-3 instructor @ Beavercreek and the reason I started using Surefoot in the first place.  Of course it helps if you do your homework and can be very specific with what you want and what you are feeling in the boots.  So I've been very pleased, but I'm sure you may hear from others that disagree. 
post #3 of 19
 Greg Hoffman. His shop is at the top of chair 4. Also I've had good experiences with the Vail Boot Lab in the LionsHead area.
post #4 of 19
 I don't know who is best, but I'd go see Hoffman. I do know he's damn good.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 

Coach 13,

 

Does Hoffman sell boots as well as fit them?  I would assume he would do both but I figured I should ask anyway.

post #6 of 19
 I've heard he does sell boots. My question is if he has a wide variety?
post #7 of 19
Generally, I'm not a huge fan of Surefoot.  But Russ, they guy that owns the chain, is a really good fitter.  He lives in Vail and I am sure he keeps on top of the local stores.  
post #8 of 19
I believe that Greg Hoffmann's company is a "contract bootfitter"--that is, he is affiliated with a shop that sells boots, but his business is separate and he makes no money from boot sales. Besides being a top-notch and widely acclaimed bootfitter, I would expect Greg ("Gregfits" here at EpicSki) to be an unbiased resource as far as recommending a boot type or brand for a particular foot's needs.

Click here for Greg's website.

Have a great time in Vail, Peterwine, and welcome to EpicSki!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

I believe that Greg Hoffmann's company is a "contract bootfitter"--that is, he is affiliated with a shop that sells boots, but his business is separate and he makes no money from boot sales. Besides being a top-notch and widely acclaimed bootfitter, I would expect Greg ("Gregfits" here at EpicSki) to be an unbiased resource as far as recommending a boot type or brand for a particular foot's needs.

Click here for Greg's website.

Have a great time in Vail, Peterwine, and welcome to EpicSki!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes

 

Last I checked, Greg sold boots out of Vail Sports in Lionshead adjacent to the bus stop. He does fitting during the midday up at the top of Chair 4.

Russ at Surefoot in the Vail Village is very good as well, and most of his guys at the Vail Village shop are also good.

Boot Lab in Lionshead has been around forever and gets great reviews, although I have never used them.

Matt Balasz at Christy's in the Village is also very good - he's the dark horse in this race - but I've used him over the years with good results.
post #10 of 19
I'm in Vail the middle of the month for a few days with a customer and he wants to get new boots. I think the setup Greg Hoffman has off Chair 4 right on the hill is fantastic. You can ski the boot and check back in for adjustments. Hard to beat the convenience and you can get everything dialed in after skiing the boot. Plus if he isn't the best , at the very least he's one of the best in the business.

I like the the low key no pressure approach they take as well.
post #11 of 19
Hoffman
post #12 of 19
Your going to be hard pressed to find anyone better than Greg. Surefoot IMO is very hit or miss.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for their comments.  Looks like Hoffman is the guy to see.  Hopefully I have some great new boots and lots of POW.
post #14 of 19

I will be in the Summit/Eagle County area this season and need some boot tweaking, and would also like to have my alignment checked. Breckenridge would be the most convenient location, but Vail could work as well.

 

Greg Hoffman seems to be very well thought of by those who should know. I'm curious if there's a boot fitter in Breckenridge who might be as good? I saw a guy named Jeff Bergeron mentioned in another boot fitter thread, but that was from many years ago. He works out of Norway Haus in Breckenridge.

 

Any current feedback on Jeff or other Breck-based boot fitters?

post #15 of 19

I have had great results with Jeff Bergeron in Breck. He still works out of the Norway Haus on Main Street. His web site is   bootfixation.com  You can use the web site to book an appointment ahead of time.

post #16 of 19

Greg and Jeff are widely considered two of the best bootfitters in Colorado.  I've used Jeff exclusively for 10 years and he's world class.  Knew Greg from his days in Vermont and can recommend either without reservation.  If you're in Breck, go to Jeff.  No one else comes close.

post #17 of 19

Great feedback - appreciate it!

post #18 of 19

If you are going to to do business with Greg's shops (there are two on the hill), I suggest that you make sure it is with him personally. I had one of his techs make me a pair of custom footbeds two years ago that were problematic. Brought them back a couple times to another fellow in his shop who could not make them work for me. Ultimately, Greg refunded my money without question. It happens. But if I were to go back there, I would do business directly with the man.

post #19 of 19
There are 3 very knowledgable guys in eagle county, co. Greg Hoffman, Jim Cooper, and Brad Borton ! They are the only people I would trust, and have a great bedside manner. Greg and Jim are the old guard with Brad as the upcoming new guard. When looking at the new technology of mold-able shells, there is 2 Jim and Brad. They get it right almost every mold I have heard from a ton of instructors in the valley. Both work for Christy Sports. Greg I heard now works for Gorsuch, but I may be wrong. Ask around is my best advice! If ya want to know who makes a ton of of foot beds for World Cup, hands down Bob Olsen! Spelling may be wrong but he is is the guy! Runs and owns a race shop in Mt. Hood , also owner of Dynamic Foot Positions Co.

This just my opinion, but an honest one
Good luck!
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