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Bootfitter advice

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I'm just getting into skiing and wanted to buy some equipment this offseason. I'm 6'0 and 150 lbs, ski blues and progressing to blacks on the east coast. After doing a lot of ski research on these boards it seems that I need to get a good pair of boots in the offseason and then demo some skis at the start of next before buying skis. I live in Maryland and was seeing that two of the boot fitters at SkiCenter in DC were recommended (at least as of the post date in '07). Checking their website on a random pair of boots (Salomon Shogun Ski Boots 2010) they're $499.00 there and 349.90 on evogear! I don't mind paying a little bit more to buy locally and get a professional fit, but is this $150 disparity worth the bootfitter? Or would it just be better to buy a pair through an online site and then get them fitted at their shop?

post #2 of 6
There should be a least $100 off for fitting boots bought in house.
post #3 of 6
some of the value is the aftermarket fitting that might be needed on boots.

some of the value is finding the exact right boot to do that work on.   The shoguns are a great boot, but what about the nordica Jah love, or fulltilt, or salomon X3 or falcon, or lange banschee.   All are similar 98mm fits, but when you can try them all on, side by side, size vs size, then you can find the truely best off the rack fit.

all are very similar, but without talking to someone, and trying all of them on, odds are you are not getting the best starting point to do the work on.

In that $150 savings might be shipping, personal warranty work, any fitting work, priority for getting work done etc.    Is that worth it to you? maybe? but totally your call either way, but just look a what you get for $150?
post #4 of 6

Ditto to what Mtnlion said.


Speaking from personal experience, unless you have the right boot for your feet in the right size, the best any boot fitter can do for you is to stall off the inevitable, and when all is said and done it will likely have cost you most of the $150 you saved on the purchase.

A year or two down the road, you'll find yourself spending another $300 or $400 because your boots are too big / too small / too painful/ too cold or some combination thereof and you've grown tired of fighting them.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the quick replies guys! I didn't realize bootfitting was such an expensive process, sounds like I'll be better off calling the shop to make sure this is included with the purchase price and then buy from them if this is the case.
post #6 of 6
Go to a good fitter and keep an open mind.
Never buy by brand. Go with the fitters recomendation.
Plan on getting a custom footbed.
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