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Hi all

Just got back from a days skiing at Glencoe, Scotland yesterday and this morning the back of by calves is pretty sore aswell as the tip of my big toe. I guess this is probably down to inproper fitting boots from the hire shop. Having been a few times already hiring equipment, I think its a decent time to get some properly fitted boots to improve my skiing rather than relying on worn hire boots that arent the best of fits.

So, I am based in Durham, NE England, so im looking for places that are recommended to get boots fitted. Ive seen/read posts that talk a lot about measuring the foot properly, looking at how the foot lies/arch of foot etc and boots that get made specially to that fit. Can anyone recommend somewhere in the region (I dont mind travelling up to a hour and a half providing the fitting was good). ive seen a couple posts about snow + rock in Gateshead and also the Ellis Brigham (SP?) at Castleford in Leeds. Are there any other places I should look at and where are the more northern england members getting their boots from?

Thanks for your time reading/recommendations/advice.

Chris
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@carsey, Glide and Slide at Otley have a good reputation. Perhaps 2 hours from you. Backcountry at Ilkley are very good, but I think that they only sell touring boots.
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+1 for Glide and Slide. A great service, Otley is a nice town that is worth a visit too.
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@carsey, LD mountain centre, Dean St Newcastle
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Anything technical, Kendal.
Backcountry, Ilkley. Both firms pretty reliable and the people are skiers.
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Its just for your average beginner skiing on piste....nothing specialised. I thought with the snow centre soon opening in boro be worthy and beneficial having own. So complete beginner/rookie option there. Cost wise, as limited use, dont want to be spending hundreds. Id budget £375 roughly. Seen on the backcountry site they start upwards of £450, and for limited use, but much to be throwing about on.
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Ignore internet prices. They're not relevant to anything. Internet prices are driven by completely different factors to the factors which will help you get a correctly fitting boot. So go to the shop and see what the right pair of boots is actually going to cost.
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and another for glide and slide in Otley.
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Just a bit further afield but well worth it.....Rivington Alpine, Graham & Andy, near Wigan.
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@carsey, if you're planning a trip back to Scotland, Alain Baxter is in Stirling, http://www.alainbaxter.co.uk/boots.html
but LD Mountain Centre have a very good reputation locally.
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@carsey, LD mountain centre in Newcastle. Give yourself at least 2 hours to choose and get fitted. Best to go during the week in the day when it is not as busy
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LD Mountain Centre seems to get a lot of good praise and nearby in newcastle too.

Cheers all for the suggestions
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Another for glide and slide. I must of tried on about 5 different makes and the ones they recommended were not the most expensive but most comfortable for me. The coffee while you go through it all was good if I rember
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@carsey, if you're planning a trip back to Scotland, Alain Baxter is in Stirling, http://www.alainbaxter.co.uk/boots.html
but LD Mountain Centre have a very good reputation locally.

I have just bought boots from Alain Baxter and I can reccomend him
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Ended up going to LD in Newcastle. Great service and fitting around a dodgy shaped toe of mine.
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I got my Salomon xpro100 boots fitted at EB Castleford before last season, full shells in the oven job to stretch them out for my wide feet and ankle bones along with custom insoles. Initially they felt too snug and at -20'c in Canada, I almost couldn't get them off! but having skied about 7 weeks in them, they are soooo much more comfy than any other off the shelf boots that I have had
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Got the Salomon X-pro 80 here. Literally feel like slippers they are soo comfy compared to the old hire boots.
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