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Just go to Decathlon...
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nevis1003 wrote:
Just go to Decathlon...

You're only saying that because they give you free boot hire.
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GlasgowCyclops wrote:
Rabbie wrote:
Looking to get boots as a Christmas present. Nearest place is Akain Baxter about 20 miles away. Does anyone have any eperience ofhow good a fitter he is?


Hi Rabbie

I'm a bit late on here.

Alain is great. I Go to him. Another ecomendation is The chap from EB in Glasgow (beard) and longer black salt n pepper hair.

Also Shona from Nevis in Glasgow or someone in Perth.

Back to A B . Just because someone is good at a sport doesn't mean they will be better than someone who has not been a sports person. However, some carry it forward into their new career and Alain is one of these.

I used to be a good footballer (I'll not go into why I never played pro) and the benefit of good kit for precise control is crucial.

Number 1 rule is forget brands and go for the perfect kit for you.


I was recommended Karla @ Craigdon in Perth by @CEM and I don't regret going to visit her.
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nevis1003 wrote:
Just go to Decathlon...


Please don't start again. You weren't funny the first time.
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Hello everyone, here's a probably an all too familiar question from a newbie hoping to become a snowhead.

I did the unthinkable and purchased my first ski boots ever - online. Where I live there is no actual bootfitting service available. Boots are sold in local sports outlets but the selection tends to be rather random.

As a downhill skier I am a beginner. Several years ago I skied for a couple of days on relatively easy (blue and red) local slopes and quite enjoyed it. I am more familiar with cross country skiing. I have no great ambitions as a skier: my present goal is to survive cruising the blue and easier red slopes at Val Gardena next February

Before placing an order I measured my feet several times: length 253 mm, width 98 mm. Normal instep, slender ankles. Calves may be a bit wide because of weight gain / cycling. I am a 55 year old male, short but regrettably a bit heavy (82 kg). I am reasonably fit for my age, however (jogging, cycling, inline skating).

I ordered a pair of Salomon X 80 boots, size 25.5, flex rating 80. Trying them on, they feel the way I think they are supposed to feel: when I stand straight, my toes touch the shell in a slightly uncomfortable way. But when I buckle the boots and bend my knees, my toes feel comfortable and I am able to wiggle them a little. Yesterday evening I wore the boots for two hours at home and experienced no major discomfort. They may be stiff for a beginner, but all the softer boots available were almost invariably with wide last.

What bothers me is the "shell fit": when I take the liner out and let my toes touch the shell in front of the boot, there is a surprisingly large distance between my heel and the shell, probably around 20 - 25 mm (measuring this is tricky).

Are my boots going to feel too large in time? Should I exchange the boots for even a smaller pair? I would have thought that my carefully measured mondopoint size would "automatically" correlate with good shell fit, but apparently this is not the case. Or does this really matter - considering that I will always be a recreational beginner? Mondopoint 24 correlates appr. to EU size 39. I would not dream buying regular shoes that small.
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@Octavian, Given your age, ability, type of skiing you are doing, it all sounds fine to me and I would stick with what you've got.
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@Octavian, out of interest, where do you live that there's no boot fitting?

On a separate note from your post, there will be a decent bootfitter somewhere in the Dolomites (sorry I don't have a recommendation), a lot of very good mountain footwear comes from Northern Italy .
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@Octavian, Given your age, ability, type of skiing you are doing, it all sounds fine to me and I would stick with what you've got.


Thanks, I was hoping to hear that
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@Octavian, out of interest, where do you live that there's no boot fitting?

On a separate note from your post, there will be a decent bootfitter somewhere in the Dolomites (sorry I don't have a recommendation), a lot of very good mountain footwear comes from Northern Italy .



I live in capital region of Finland. However, with some vigorous googling I managed to locate a couple of specialist ski stores who may have a boot fitting service.
I wish I had more time in the Dolomites. Getting to Val Gardena from Finland takes almost the whole day (bus - flight to Munich - train to Bressanone - another bus). I only have five days for skiing. I also hope I can run in the boots on local slopes before heading to Italy.


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@Octavian, welcome to Snowheads! snowHead
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Gordyjh wrote:
@Octavian, welcome to Snowheads! snowHead


Thanks!
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