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Hey, here's a little background. Last winter was my first season living anywhere near a ski resort, so with my ski pass I bought the gear that I needed through various sales ect. I made the mistake of going to get boots at ski rex and saw the attendant maybe twice, I'm not sure he knew how boots should fit anyhow. Last season was awful, I went into ski and golf about 20 times trying to get the darn boots to fit right. To their credit, they were always very friendly and wanted to help, but never really got the boots to anywhere near they needed to be. Close to the end of the season (after copious amounts of pounding, and adding padding here and there) one of them finally admitted that the boot was a beginner boot, and I really need a different boot for double blacks. Because it was then end of the year, most of their boots were half priced and they gave me the amount I had paid for the original boots as credit for a new pair. So they convinced me into buying Shoguns. After doing a bit of research, I find that these are more of a park ski. Either way, I found that the stiffer boot offers much more control. I took the first couple of days easy with some more beginner friends. Once I pushed them a little harder and started breaking them in, I found that these are more painful than the last. I don't mind a bit of discomfort, but when you lose circulation and your foot is effectively getting frozen for 5 hours, when feeling returns, that is not a livable pain. 

 

The major problems as far as I can tell (from a very non-bootfitter perspective) are first off that my calves are much too large for the cuff, atleast when I'm working hard. If I loosen the cuff, I dont have half the control I need. I think my heel may be too narrow as well, it can wiggle from side to side. And last but not least, I can pick up my heel probably an inch more more when in the boot, which causes me to ski on my toes, causes the calf problem to worsen, tires me out, and makes control more difficult. 

 

So after more than 30 days of intense pain at the end of the day, I find myself giving going up the mountain a second though. I hate that, I love skiing and I don't want it tainted by this. I, seeming like everyone else these days, have been working temp jobs here and there to try to support myself, when I was working full time I was using my degree in the technical side of rope technology, as well as various other things that dealt with gear. Apart from skiing, I know gear, and I know how ridiculous this whole situation is. I have a hard time believing that the ski community and manufacturers can't get their act together and design a good boot, or that my feet are that profoundly oddly shaped. 

 

After reading all of that, here is the point. I'm fed up, and this is my last push to make a sport I love so much less torturous. Does anyone know what may be going on, and what the best boot fitter for the job may be? Keep in mind I am very much on a budget, being in and out of work. But a bit of money spent on good bootfitting to make my pass and all my gear usable and enjoyable would be worth it. I live in Denver BTW. 

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 4

sounds like you need to see someone with a bit more experiance with boots.   What area are you in?  we can recommend someone in your area?

I would GUESS (and this is a long shot) that your boots are too big for you.   As boots get bigger they get taller (o more of your calf is in the boot) and the heel gets roomyer (so your heel moves more)

 

might be something that a boot fitter can do, but read the wikis, and give us some more info.

post #3 of 4

Hi YS,

 

Look up gregfits out in Vale, do what he says----- and quit messing around trying to save on boots---they are way to important to your sport to be short changing yourself by going to a big box store and waisting $$$$$.

 

gregfits is listed among the fitters on this forum.

 

Mike

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Thanks for the help guys. I live in Denver area, but can travel. I'd be willing to go up to Vail if need be, but it is a bit of a drive. I was going to go to Boot fixation in breck, but his prices are way higher than I can afford. Right now I'm leaning towards Larry's boot fitting in Boulder. I have yet to find a negative comment about him, and it looks pretty reasonably priced. Anyone know anything about that place and if its quality?

 

Mike, if i had the funds, I would have no problem paying large sums of money. Thats kind of hard when you are on the verge of having to skip bills to support your ski habit. Honestly, I have a hard time believing that the only way to be a good skier with decent equipment is to dish out 2+ grand on boot alone.

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