Dec 8, 2010
On another thread "Attention Ski Reps", a discussion on the availability of appropriate skis for women skiers usually are not available for women skiers to try. I began thinking about the importance of demoing ski equipment in general. Over the years in getting my summer fix by reading Ski and Skiing, the importance of ski boots are emphasized over skis. For example, in the Sept. 2009 Ski Magazine equipment issue, page 91 under "new boots make you thinner, smarter" : "As we say every ski season, the right boot is significantly more important than any ski". Oct 2010 Ski Magazine page 61: "We can't say it enough: There is nothing more important to your skiing that a boot that fits properly and suits your ability level". In many threads on here on EPIC ski, this same sentiment is often repeated. We also often hear, read and are told that demoing skis is as much or more about demoing the tune than the skis. With this background, how many Bears have "Demoed Boots" prior to making a $500.00(boots)+$150(fitting) purchase of ski boot (assuming that you already have an adequate foot bed)? In buying 7 pairs of boots over the course of my skiing career (over 30 yrs), I can't say that I've ever went out/had the opportunity to demo boots. So my question is: How important is DEMOING (ski, boots, goggles, poles, helmets, gloves, jackets, warm underwear) in the scheme of things? I will demo skis given the opportunity, but often the model or length is already out on the hill, so that I have to settle for a longer/shorter length or different model or try some other brand. In addition, I rarely buy the skis which I demo, since being a creature of habit, for the first 10 years of my skiing, I skied Volkls, the second 10- years Volants, the next 7 years Atomics and now I am on Nordica, Dynastar and Stockli. Except for Volants (which my local ski shop didn't carry), I bought by what I read and what my ski shop goto guy recommended. What are your thoughts on Demoing?