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I'm 52, 6'1" & 230 lbs. I've been an intermediate skier for many years now & will likely remain so. My current boots cause my feet to freeze solid & my lower calves to ache terribly, to the point that they bruise the muscle! I like blue level runs on carving skis, but unless I can ski comfortably this year, I'm going to pack the sport in. I want to take one more stab at finding boots that will fit comfortably ALL DAY, & skis that perform at my level. I'll spend up to $1200.00 for skis, boots/bindings.

 

Can you help?

 

Thanks!

 

Regards,

Dan

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Dan, you should probably just go for a good quality boot and forget about new skis/ bindings. You might need to spend upwards of $700-800 for new boots with a good boot fitter setting them up for you so that you can ski comfortably all day. The best skis in the world will not help you if your feet/legs are in pain due to ill fitting boots.Look though the threads on boot fitting on Epic they will give you loads of info of where to get fitted. Next step is to maybe look into some lessons to see if you are skiing inefficiently , this uses lots of energy and gets you little reward but potentially lots of pain.

 

A good quality well fitted boot will make even mid level gear work well. Bad boot and/ or fit will give you nothing but problems be it pain or sloppy control over your gear. It sounds like you really want to stay in this sport and with spending upwards of $75 for lift tickets at ski areas it makes sense to have the proper equipment that lets you get as much as possible out of a day of skiing. As for where to get this done if your on the east coast Green Mt Orthodics in Stratton, Vt and Northern Ski works in Killington, Vt  have done good by me.

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Thanks Snoblower,

 

I'm up in Ontario & ski mostly Tremblant & Vermont. I was reading about "Full Tilt" boots & thought I'd investigate those. I'll have to travel to Toronto & visit "Sporting Life" as they are this brands only Canadian retailer. Hopefully they will have staff there adept at fitting boots. The options available for this product are vast & truth be told, somewhat bewildering! I like the idea of this "hot molding" technology - do you have an opinion on that?

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It took me several trips back to the shop to get my boots dialed in.  Consider that when you decide where to get your boots.

 

Make sure you get a boot fitter that is recommended, not just a shop.

 

For starters.. http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/86629/raceboot-fitter-in-collingwood-area

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Dan , I have never had hot molding done, I do have custom orthopedic foot beds and like them quite a bit. I would think anything that conforms to your foot would help to give you a better fit which equals better performance.When I did get custom foot beds and some minor ( heal wedge)  boot tweaking from Green Mountain Ortho I could feel a difference in my stance on skis. I was more neutral ( not too far forward or backwards) than I had been before.

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Thanks Ghost, I'll give that Cam chap a ring...

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Originally Posted by Snowbowler View Post

Dan , I have never had hot molding done, I do have custom orthopedic foot beds and like them quite a bit. I would think anything that conforms to your foot would help to give you a better fit which equals better performance.When I did get custom foot beds and some minor ( heal wedge)  boot tweaking from Green Mountain Ortho I could feel a difference in my stance on skis. I was more neutral ( not too far forward or backwards) than I had been before.



Thanks, I think I've got me a good start in this search...let it snow!

 

Regards,

Dan

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Hello Folks!

 

I'm just back from sporting Life in Toronto where one Mr. Doug Butler fitted me for new boots & skis. The boots feel as comfortable as my favourite shoes! On his advice I bought Salomon Quest 10 boots with a molded liner insert to accomodate my high arch, plus Atomic Blackeye T1 skis ( 174's ). I'm now frantic to get out & try them! Thanks to all those who helped me get to today, and a big thanks to Doug for his expertise & patience in fitting me.

 

Regards,

SMD

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