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Buying Ski Boots.

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The_catcher wrote:


Thanks, I just don't want to have a boot fitter/ salesman tell me I need all the extra add ons if it's going to bring very little to my skiing/ comfort. I know custom foot beds and injection moulded liners are extra but it seems all the modern boots state they have heat mouldable shells and liners, is this included in the price of the boot and the fitting fee or do you pay extra for this? So confusing.

As you say, modern boots have liners that take the shape of your feet and have shells that are mouldable....what they don't have is a decent footbed, which is why this is worth doing.
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Some shops charge a fitting fee, others include fitting in the price of the boot. Ultimately you're going to be paying for maybe a couple of hours of someones time whichever way they charge for it. I don't think I've seen anyone charging extra for heat moudling on top of the fitting fee.
As @Old Fartbag says decent footbeds are worth considering, also good thin ski socks, rather than great big woolly tube socks.
If you've got somewhere in mind give them a call and discuss your budget with them, they should be able to set your expectations realistically.
You don't have to go mad, but don't buy the wrong boots just because they are on sale.
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@The_catcher, I could be wrong but my expectation is that heat forming shells where that’s intended to happen will be included in the price.
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@CEM,

I'm just curious, having read your clipping up order, how you'd approach a pair of Dalbello Lupos? Very Happy

Cheers
Nick
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Thanks snowheads. So custom footbeds are worth investing in, more overtime at work required Shocked
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Covidien-TED-Anti-embolism-Stockings-DVT-Flight-Socks-PAIR-KNEE-LENGTH-L-Reg-E/252969077034?hash=item3ae621c92a:g:72kAAOSw6jNat5f9

These might be worth a try, once you have the correct measurement of your calves.
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So custom footbeds are worth investing in


Probably. See what your fitter says.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
A boot fitting report -

My Salomon boots were about 12 yo and showing signs of age, liners knackered etc. Shopping on the internet for boots is bonkers, so off to the shops for me.

Its been a while since I last bought boots, it's fair to say the process is way different now as is the weight of materials!!

Went to a couple of shops in Edinburgh to talk to staff - was not convinced at one shop but liked the attitude at Blues, so got fitted at their place in Rose Street.

Couldn't be better, service wise. Took time measuring my feet, discussing my skiing level, my hip issues, talked about flex etc.

We then tried on a few boots - nothing in the sale suitable, but no point saving £100 on something as vital imo.

Tried on a pair of Fischer Ranger 120 - perfect, if a bit pricey. One good thing was that my existing footbeds were still in good condition.

No hard sell, despite it being a quiet summer day - went home to mull it over and then decided to go for it.

Retuned and did the rigmarole of heating the boots, standing in the pressure machine etc. And that's it.

Post sale?

I can go back for tweaks as many times as I want, including reheating of the shells (within reason), good advice on trying them out in Scotland for a day or so then going back in to discuss ahead of any trip abroad.

All in all, very professional, friendly and well structured approach to boot fitting.
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