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PLEASE HELP....I cant feel my feet.........

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Ill amke this nice and short...I am new to skiing and I am hooked.  Only problem is my boots suck.  Looking to buy a new pair and before i do so I would like to know what are the most comfortable boats that I could get. "Price range is up to $400 but will exceed that if that is takes to take car of my feet." 

Any help is good help,
                        Joe B
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Originally Posted by MrJoeB824 View Post

Ill amke this nice and short...I am new to skiing and I am hooked.  Only problem is my boots suck.  Looking to buy a new pair and before i do so I would like to know what are the most comfortable boats that I could get. "Price range is up to $400 but will exceed that if that is takes to take car of my feet." 

Any help is good help,
                        Joe B


First welcome to Epic and welcome to a great sport, enjoy.   The best advice I can give you is go to ASK the Boot guys and the Beginners forum and read everything you can on new boots, fit, buying etc. etc.  There is really a wealth of knowledge there, more that jjust the persons on line now.
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Good advise above but I would add to it that you need to find a good boot-fitter either close to where you live or near a mountain you frequently ski on.  A good boot fitter will take the time to listen to you, bring out a selection of boots for you to try on and be able to customize the boots to your particular feet.  Further a good fitter could take up to 4 hours to finish the purchase.  AVOID the package stores like Dicks, Sports Authority or REI where the people selling the boots are usually only selling the boots and could care less how they end up fitting. 

FYI, I live in Chicago and one of the best boot-fitter I've ever been to is right here, Viking Ski Shop.  They know what questions to ask, take the time to be sure they are fitted properly and will tweak them at a later date free of charge. 

When the boots are done right you can wear them all day and never need to loosen them up at lunch. 

Good Luck. 
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Get thee to a boot fitter, pronto. Also, keep in mind each shop does not carry every brand of boot. Try to find a boot that fits pretty darn good w/o custom work (except maybe footbeds). Do not believe a boot fitter that says they can make any boot fit your foot. Believe me, I've got over $900 in a pair of boots that I can't wear because they are too narrow, even after having $$$$ of shell work. A good fitter will look at your foot, take some measurements and be able to recommend a brand and model line of boots. Hopefully, they carry that line or will recommend a brand/model....even if they don't carry it. I finally found a boot that fits me pretty good and didn't require a lot of custom work besides pushing out the shell where my sixth toes sprouted after skiing in boots that were too narrow. Don't rush it...it takes time.
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Good advise above but I would add to it that you need to find a good boot-fitter either close to where you live or near a mountain you frequently ski on.

Good Luck. 

You may have to make several return trips before the boots actually fit your feet, with skiing in between visits, not so good if the boot-fitter is 100 miles away (but still worth it - you can have comfy boots that work!).
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Originally Posted by MrJoeB824 View Post

... I would like to know what are the most comfortable boats that I could get. "Price range is up to $400 but will exceed that if that is takes to take car of my feet." 

Any help is good help,
                        Joe B


I'll also make this short.  Seeking out the most comfortable boots is going to lead to you buying boots that are too big and poor performing.  

We are at the time of year when gear is on sale, and there is still a good selection.  Fitting adjustments are often included in the purchase of a boot at better shops.  Start with this information. http://www.epicski.com/wiki/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me
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 Your story is obviously not the same as my story, but If you're interested in my path to happy feet, check out this thread.
Bootfitting and the path to happy feet - A tribute to a good boot guy!


When it comes down to it, a decent fitting pair of boots will fit the shape of your foot as best as you can find, and it will be snug enough to let you know they're not a tennis shoe.
post #8 of 8
I'll make it short as well.

Go to a good shop with a great boot fitter and get the right boot - fitted. I can't stress this enough - don't skimp on boots. Go to a good shop, pay full price if you have to and spend two to three hours getting them done right.

These are my little tips that I give out.

1. Wear the thinnest sock possible. I have a high volume foot and I wear nylon knee highs usually in my resort boot and a thin sock in my AT boot.

2. Pop the buckles when you get to the lift. Let the dogs breathe while you stand in the lift line or ride the lift. Will allow you to go with a tighter buckle setting when you ski and your skiing may improve.

3. Store the boots inside at room temperature at night. Use a boot dryer if you have one handy. I can't tell you how many times I see people yank their boots out of the trunk in the morning after being in there all night and wonder why their feet get cold.
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