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Anyone know of a fitter there for a friend heading up in 2 weeks. Needs beds and a tweak.
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 I assume you're referring to a boot fitter.

Go see George at McCoo's but phone ahead as he's booked up in advance.
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I'd like to chime in on this request too....I've looked at a lot of the previous forums that dealt with this but most of them are from 2002-2005 so I'd actually just like to see if anyone's got any updates as to the who's who in bootfitting in Whistler or Vancouver.

 

I've got terrible feet to work with - very low profile, no arch, tiny ankles, normal calves (normal for a woman that is)...Snowcovers in Vancouver has been working on the same pair of boots for me for about 5 years now with no real success so I've given up on those boots and want to try something new this year (since boots have changed a lot in 5 years).

 

Does anyone have anyone in particular that they know is still working at either Snowcovers that they'd like to recommend? Is Jay still at whistler? Anyone have any ringing endorsements for anyone else? I heard that some super-duper bootfitter has taken a job at the Destination in North Vancouver, but I haven't heard any corroborating evidence of this...anyone know anything about this guy? Should I give Surefoot a chance?

 

Thoughts? and thanks in advance,

mog

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Originally Posted by mog_a_rama View Post

I'd like to chime in on this request too....I've looked at a lot of the previous forums that dealt with this but most of them are from 2002-2005 so I'd actually just like to see if anyone's got any updates as to the who's who in bootfitting in Whistler or Vancouver.

 

I've got terrible feet to work with - very low profile, no arch, tiny ankles, normal calves (normal for a woman that is)...Snowcovers in Vancouver has been working on the same pair of boots for me for about 5 years now with no real success so I've given up on those boots and want to try something new this year (since boots have changed a lot in 5 years).

 

Does anyone have anyone in particular that they know is still working at either Snowcovers that they'd like to recommend? Is Jay still at whistler? Anyone have any ringing endorsements for anyone else? I heard that some super-duper bootfitter has taken a job at the Destination in North Vancouver, but I haven't heard any corroborating evidence of this...anyone know anything about this guy? Should I give Surefoot a chance?

 

Thoughts? and thanks in advance,

mog


I feel you pain...my wife has identical feet.  I am similiar although fortunatley I at least a have a high arch.

 

My opinion is no one in Vancouver/Whistler can really fit boots anymore.  The good guys left in disgust, as their skills were not appreciated by their employers,  you can only live on $6/hr for so long.  We have tried Snowcovers (wankers), Surefoot (careless and sloppy), Fantiko (at least they try), Willies (they also try), Georgy McConkey (good at making boots bigger for wide feet, not so good with narrow feet) etc.

 

I am also well connected in Whistler having lived there for 12 years, so I know who to talk to.  The fact is you have very difficult feet to fit.  So here is my advice.

 

The best boot fitter for your feet, is likely you.  Get a few books on it...the "Athletic Skier" by Warren Witherall is a good place to start.  It is an older book, but the concepts still work.  I can pretty much gurantee you the guy fitting your boots, only has a few hours training.  So if you read all the boot fitting chapters in the book above, or others, you will already know more then they do.

 

Then once you know what to look for and ask for....use the Internet and contact the manufacturers directley to ask questions.  Most have a "questions" link on thier site.  I was amazed at how helpful they are, and how quick they respond...somtimes within minutes!  Also you realise just how little your expert boot fitters know when you do this...they rarely even know there own stock.  So with this technique you can determine what the heel widths are in millimeters, forefot widths, instep hieght, ramp angles, stiffness etc. 

 

That will tell you what is the narrowest etc.  A good tip here is figure out, what the dimensiions are of your current boots, so you have a reference point!  Get what the numbers say is the best for you...trying them on is kinda useless as the liner is misleading and will pack out in a few days anyway....honeslty I bought my last two pair of boots without even trying them on!  And they fit great...(I know how that sounds, but believe me I did it, and I am a CSIA L4/Exmainer...so I know my boots are right).

 

Once you got the boots get some high density foam from a foam and rubber store, a good exacto knife, duct tape and go ski....armed with knowledge, and some basic tools and material you will be well placed to solve your own boot issues.  The only place you might still need help is getting a foot bed made....for a narrow foot, get cork footbeds, they offer more support and take up more room then the Comformables.  Snowcovers does not do these anymore...but Wild Willies in Whistler still does...ask for Larry to do them. 

 

Good luck.
 

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The ones I cited above are 09, with one '07 .

 

Personally, I would fully disregard the "advice" in post #5, and go to the boot fitting section here.

 

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Originally Posted by mog_a_rama View Post

I'd like to chime in on this request too....I've looked at a lot of the previous forums that dealt with this but most of them are from 2002-2005 so I'd actually just like to see if anyone's got any updates as to the who's who in bootfitting in Whistler or Vancouver.

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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

The ones I cited above are 09, with one '07 .

 

Personally, I would fully disregard the "advice" in post #5, and go to the boot fitting section here.

 


  Yah, I agree...getting boot fitting advice from someone who fits boots in real life then writes posts on a internet forum about it....is a better idea then taking advice from someone who fits boots in real life then writes a book about it.  The digital medium of the internet surely makes the advice more credible and relevant.

 

And besides...why waste your time with a book...you might have to read what...50-60 pages of stuff...plus pictures...what a waste of time.  They are just ski boots!  Surely a few quick lines in a post will give you all the information you need!  Education, knowledge?  Who needs it? Quick easy answers are usually best!
 

PS:  Nice "tag line" snofun!


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