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I've been browsing and everyone here recommends getting boots from boot fitters. This advice is noted, but what if you're a poor man trying to pick up some equipment? I need to go with used boots from Craigslist or something. Any advice in this situation?

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I am not sure where are you from, but here in Wenatchee WA we have a place that sells veriety of used boots, if you go there and you know what you are doing, you can pick a pair for about 70.00. I am pretty sure that this store is part of some larger chain of stores and whereever you are, you can find something simmular near by. Here is the information on the one we have, you can call them and ask around. Also, I have been skiing used boots for 3 years and got to the level where I could not ski them no more and that is where you go and get new once to get fitted to you. When you are beginner, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL to have them fitted to you and probobly will help your technique a lot, but it is not required.

 

Sports & Fitness Outlet

 

1407 Maiden Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801-1024
(509) 665-9989

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the link but I don't think they have them near me. I'm in NYC area. We went skiing last week and I had to rent the equipment from a local shop. They put me in a new Technica boot size 25. When they were buckled and I leaned forward (knees over my toes), my toes barely touched the lining. The boots felt great all day. They were tight but didn't hurt. So, if I look for this feeling as I try on the various used boots, how bad can I get it wrong?

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If you are beginner, you should be just fine if you can find used boots that feel the same. I am not a huge boot expert but you can't go wrong much, unless it really doens't feel right.  One thing to watch for is that the boot doens't cut your circulation ( you should keep it on for a while and your toes should stay warm). Once you get it, keep it for a couple of years. As you gain your skills skiing you will be able to tell when is the time to get the boot that fitted specificly for you. I also hear that very old or very worn boots can simply fall apart while skiing, so look at general wear and tear.

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Originally Posted by DoolinDalton View Post

Thanks for the link but I don't think they have them near me. I'm in NYC area. We went skiing last week and I had to rent the equipment from a local shop. They put me in a new Technica boot size 25. When they were buckled and I leaned forward (knees over my toes), my toes barely touched the lining. The boots felt great all day. They were tight but didn't hurt. So, if I look for this feeling as I try on the various used boots, how bad can I get it wrong?


DoolinDalton,

 

How bad can you get it wrong?  It can be really bad for your feet but it looks as though you were lucky to find a brand that fits you well (good for you).  OK, you can scour Craig's List, eBay, etc. for a good cheap Technica boot.  You can also find a shell in good condition with crappy liners, and then simply replace the liners.  Another option is to rent until you can find a "new" couple of seasons old boot for 70% off and buy them.  Nothing will beat the price of a used boot someone can't give away in the summer, but you better be sure the soles are still compatible with bindings (not too worn), the liners aren't packed out, no rivets are popped, etc. 

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How bad can you get it wrong?  How about 2 sizes too big which is very common for people who just go into a store and buy what feels comfortable.  Go  to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis there, particularly the one about how boots should be fitted.  Read it and heed it because it will be your feet that suffer if you ignore it.  And just so you are aware, just because one Tecnica boot seemed to fit doesn't mean others will feel the same.  Every boot manufacturer make low volume, medium volume and high volume boots to accommodate varying foot widths.  You need a boot that's the correct length as well as the correct width.  Buy too narrow a boot and you will be in pain, buy too wide a boot and you lose control of your skis.  Buy a boot that's too long and your feet will end up cold and painful because you will have to over-tighten the buckles to keep your foot from sliding around.

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mtcyclist is absolutely correct.  I recently had to replace a pair of Technica Diablo Flames in 27.5 with a pair of Technica Phoenix 100HVLs in 26.5.   They are two VERY different fitting boots.  The Diablo's had a 98mm last and the HVL's a 106.

 

I had a ton of work done on the Diablo's including punching, cuff alingment and bootboard canting.  I wound up giving them to a second hand sporting goods store in Frisco just so I didn't have to fly them home.  Even if the fit is right for whoever buys them, I doubt the cuff alingment and canting will work for them, so beware of buying second hand boots.
 

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Originally Posted by Artemat View Post

I am not sure where are you from, but here in Wenatchee WA we have a place that sells veriety of used boots, if you go there and you know what you are doing, you can pick a pair for about 70.00. I am pretty sure that this store is part of some larger chain of stores and whereever you are, you can find something simmular near by. Here is the information on the one we have, you can call them and ask around. Also, I have been skiing used boots for 3 years and got to the level where I could not ski them no more and that is where you go and get new once to get fitted to you. When you are beginner, IT WOULD BE HELPFUL to have them fitted to you and probobly will help your technique a lot, but it is not required.

 

Sports & Fitness Outlet

 

1407 Maiden Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801-1024
(509) 665-9989

 

 

 

 



 



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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

How bad can you get it wrong?  How about 2 sizes too big which is very common for people who just go into a store and buy what feels comfortable.  Go  to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis there, particularly the one about how boots should be fitted.  Read it and heed it because it will be your feet that suffer if you ignore it.  And just so you are aware, just because one Tecnica boot seemed to fit doesn't mean others will feel the same.  Every boot manufacturer make low volume, medium volume and high volume boots to accommodate varying foot widths.  You need a boot that's the correct length as well as the correct width.  Buy too narrow a boot and you will be in pain, buy too wide a boot and you lose control of your skis.  Buy a boot that's too long and your feet will end up cold and painful because you will have to over-tighten the buckles to keep your foot from sliding around.

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