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Fitted boots for Casual Skier?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
 I might be beating a dead horse here, I hope not, but sometimes the extra info makes a difference.

Anyways. I got a decent pair of Solomon boots, they were given to me, they fit okay, better in some places than others. I don't ski as much as a lot of people on here, but I don't envision myself growing larger feet anytime soon as well.

I wear a regular pair of socks and some heavier socks to take up some of the space in the boots, they are not fitted boots. I think they might be a bit to tight in the ankles, not sure, I'm not expert. I watched the video on boot fitting and learned a bit on what goes on, and I cannot really "roll" my ankles that I can tell as he was explaining in the video here on EpicSki.

 

Will a fitted pair of boots benefit me any with my casual skiing?

 

I got a good set of ski's, but my boots are old. They work, I get down the hill and am happy most of the time with my skiing, well, to the best I can ski currently with my knee's. 

 

So, would it be worth it to get fitted for some boots? I'm thinking that it will help improve my control and comfortability in the boots as well. 

 

Some have told me to stick with these boots cause I do not ski that much, but I'd like to be happy when I put these suckers on. I don't feel they are too large for me. I actually have bigger feet than the person that I got them from.

Not that I really need to spend any more money on ski equipment, but, Just thinking about how I can improve my stability on my ski's and gain some more control. I don't quite have all the knee movement that I had previously and need to make sure I make the ski's do the work, not throwing my weight around.

post #2 of 10
If you can wear 2 pair of socks in your current boots, they are to big! enough said.  You will benefit greatly from a pair of custom fitted boots---it sounds like you might need custom insoles to stabilize your ankles.  If you spent $700.00 to $800.00 on a great pair of , custom fitted boots and they lasted you 10 to 12 years that would mean you had spent about $70.00 to $80.00 a year to own them----how much is a ski ticket at your local hill per day ($40--70 a day)----- we are willing to pay for the privilege to ski but not willing pay $70.00 a year to acquire good gear?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
I don't have 800 dollars fora new pair of boots.
I've thought about the "too big" cause i'm wearing 2 pairs of socks as well.
I am really scared from the person who used to have the boots then, cause I have bigger feet than him. He has heat fitted boots now.

The biggest deal with my feet, and why I wear 2 pairs of socks, is that they are long, size 13, but they are not tall, but they are also wide. I have big flippers. haha.

I like the snug feeling in my boots, thats why I throw on the second pair of socks. Pluss they are old boots, the liners are old. I think he used them for 4 or 5 years. I was thinking the heat fitted inserts would fit my feet better from the sole to the top of my foot.

So, honestly, front to back and side to side, my boots are a bit tight with the second pair of socks on. I actually have a hard time getting my feet in the boots in general. (feet to wide) but if i put them in without the second pair of socks, i can pick my heal up in the boot cause there is no pressure holding my foot down into the bottom of the boot cause my feet are so thin.
The boots are a bit tight in the ankle area as well, but above that i like the boot. With as tight as I have to tighten down the bindings though, I can agree the boots are probably to big. I'm almost out of snaps to tighten it.

I sure hope there are some ski boot makers who have some dude with my feet/ankle/leg sizes in mind.

Does any of this information help?

As for the price thing. As much as I ski, I cannot see 800 dollars available for a pair of boots in my future anytime soon. I want to improve my skiing, but I just don't have that to spare to ski 10-15 times a season.
At least the skiing is cheap for me.

I'm guessing 800 is like a high benchmark price? Alternatives?

Maybe trying some boots on to find a good size using information available online, then take the boots to a fitter?

post #4 of 10
I would start with talking to a good bootfitter and see what they have leftover.   We offer the same service with a $800 race boot, but also have some of last years boots for $200.

most people walk out from $400-$600.  We charge normal, regular retail prices, but include all the boot fitting work, service, etc with that.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
It would be out of the skiing season when I got around to picking the boots up as it is. Which at that point I would hope to pick up old stock discount sorta deal. I dont want the latest and greatest, just something good.
post #6 of 10
yes,    boots that fit you right will help you.

worth it:  I guess not.   Not being rude, but odds are most sale boots are wide and soft, if that is what you need then they will help,  if you need a narrow boot, in a big size you have less options.

not that more money = "better boots".  Just that boots that you know/feel are right for you are the right boot, and finding the right boot takes some time.

just a balance of time/money spent vs skiing improvement.
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post

Will a fitted pair of boots benefit me any with my casual skiing?

 

So, would it be worth it to get fitted for some boots? I'm thinking that it will help improve my control and comfortability in the boots as well.

 

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks MNTLion.
That was mainly my thoughts, a boot for the right price that will help me be more comfortable and allow me to control the ski's better and learn without doing things the "hard way" which in turn might push me to some bad habbits.

As for boots on sale, i'm not looking for the junk discount. I'm okay with spending some dough, but 800 dollars is a lot of money. I'm spending 900 on my truck cause it makes me money, skiing does not.

I'm sure you get the drift there. While my Golf clubs might be in the 400-500 dollar range, I've had them for over 10 years.

I wish the same for my boots.

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post

As for boots on sale, i'm not looking for the junk discount. I'm okay with spending some dough, but 800 dollars is a lot of money. I'm spending 900 on my truck cause it makes me money, skiing does not.
 

but how much do you spend on the privilage to ski (lift tickets, flights, hotels etc) your boots could last 10 years too, it all depends on how much you use them
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
around 20-30 dollars for a day pass.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
ouch. dad just got a set of 2009 dalbelos for 300 fitted.
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