I just found out the boots were not his. That was a sigh of relief. They were his sons, and his son has bigger feet than I do.
The way he described boots to me was like you guys do on here. So it was hard for me to believe he had the wrong size boot on. I know he knows better. *shrugs*
I couldn't honestly tell you my ski level either.
I'm 6'3 and 175 lbs. I have a size 13 shoe. The problem I'm trying to keep from having is driving to a ski shop to have them have no boots that will fit me at all.
Not only are my feet long, but they are wide, but the actual height of my foot is so small. I got like long flipper things going on. Shoe's rarely fit properly.
While my foot isn't long enough for the boots I wear skiing, I can tighten the buckles down all the way and slide my foot most of the way out till the boot is too narrow for the width of my foot to come out, cause there is nothing holding my foot down.
I am figuring that not EVERY ski brand is going to make a boot that fits my feet, so I decided to ask you guys so I could research what stores have what and call and talk to them to make sure they have a product that will work for me.
If you have read the news any, unemployment is very bad here in michigan. And I'm a seasonal worker.
I don't have the money to drive around the state to every ski shop there is to look for a pair of boots that they don't have.
I research products before I buy them. While I don't always believe what reviews say, cause I have plenty of good products that have poor reviews, I like to be armed with knowledge of what i'm buying.
And if in that fact that I do find a boot that will work for me and the fitter is a complete oaf, I at least know enough from the information you all have provided here on epic ski to not buy a boot that will not work.
The guy I'm going to try and see is good from what I'm told, but I never watched him fit, and it sounds like he doesn't do a shell fit from what my Father explains to me when he fitted him.
I'm not trying to go in with a brand notion or anything of the sort.
I know there is a boot out there that will work for me, and I know you guys cannot necessarily know what that exact boot is right from this website unless we were to meet in person. But, I'm looking for some direction for when I actually go to purchase the boots.
Buying a product based upon name and reviews is just dumb if its not going to work, and I'm not going to do that.
But if a Brand has a boot that is designed for feet more or less like mine, I'd like to know that so I can check if they have something similar to that.
You guys are the experts, not me. I'm just trying not to waste my time driving to these places with 340 a gallon fuel.
The lack of widely known guys here in Michigan, especially on this site, inspires me to do what you guys do. To bad its not easy to get into here.
I've watched some fitting video's here on epic Ski that you all have posted, and I'm quite confident that nobody in this state would take the time to get things that right for customers. I could be wrong, but here in Michigan, people are more concerned about getting the sale, as you guys have posted in the wiki, by finding a boot that somebody will buy, instead of selling them the correct boot.
I hope I'm conveying the seriousness of this purchase I want to make to you guys.
Kinda like buying a car to me. I'm not rich enough to make a mistake and toss the boots aside if they are wrong due to a poor fitting.
So all I'm asking is for you guys to point me in the right direction of what products are more or less made for my situation, not sell me on a specific brand.