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Buying Ski Boots.

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ANYONE WHO IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH BOOTS.
At Big Dicks boardstore in sheffield, we offer boot servicing.
We have been fitting boots for 25 years and know what we are doing. We do a complete boot fitting service, we also fit conformable sidas inner soles. All the boots we stock can be heat molded to guarantee comfort and some can even be molded on the outer shell.

If you have any questions or want to ring 0114 2797909 is our number and Chris, our ski and boot technician will be in monday 10-5.30 but call anytime during these hours in the week and there will be someone to help.

Astraeus if your boot is older than 5 years old it may be difficult to get new parts for them, however if your in sheffield, bring them and we can see what we can do for you.
Hope this helps.
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I'm going to Kuhtai / Innsbruck in a week and am wondering if there are any recommended boot fitters in that area. Looking to buy some ski boots!
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Would I be better off buying boots now or waiting until I'm in resort? Thought there might be some deals going now that season is over, or am I too late?
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LeFou wrote:
Would I be better off buying boots now or waiting until I'm in resort? Thought there might be some deals going now that season is over, or am I too late?


It probably depends if you know what you want / need. Couple of my mates went for cheap deals and got ones that weren't the perfect fit so not that comfortable... I spent up and went to a bootfitter who after a couple of tweaks got mine really comfortable. Worth paying for in my view. (it was CEM from here Solutions4feet in Bicester.
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For FIS next season, should I get 130 flex? More?Less? I'm competing in SL GS SG.
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@affectedboat, surely only you and your coaches know that?
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Very particular information, but I don't suppose anyone has feedback on the boot fitting service at "Ski Ride" in Manigod? Or any suggestions for the surrounding area...
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Hi I've been on two bashes and think it's time I got my own boots as I can see me going on more bashes.
Question is should I got to the shop in Bicester or Edge and Wax which is local as I'm in Brighton.

Also when would be the best time to buy. I think I heard somewhere that the new ski kit comes out in September.

Should I go for new stuff when it comes out or will the prices drop a little over the season?
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If you wait for the chance of discounts, you may miss out on getting the correct fitting boot in the right size, as there is a finite supply of each years' sizes. Some will sell out before Christmas.
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@pigeondave, edge and wax had a fantastic sale last month. Might still have some offers. They do a really good boot fitting service - have bought two pairs form them and they have been perfect, nice people too.
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@Snowsartre, I'm booked in for a fitting on the 3rd at edge and Wax. Just need to figure out how nuts to go. Do I get goggles and a lid while I'm there.
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pigeondave, go nuts! They also have a rewards scheme the more you spend the more you save!!
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Hi, with 13 pages to double check I'm going for fingers crossed its not been asked before. About to invest in my first pair of ski boots, could someone recommend places in Kent please - preferably east or north Kent because otherwise I'd rather trek into London.
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@Wills, Alpine Room at Danbury, near Chelmsford might be a good starting point for you.
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Can anyone recommend in and around Manchester areas for decent boot fitting service. I'm looking to invest in a pair now as I'm fed up with "making do" with hire boots which are uncomfortable all the time.
I've seen on another thread someone recommend http://www.rivingtonalpine.co.uk Has anyone any been/thoughts on their service?

Also looking at their boot service, there are 3 types - Standard, Pro and Master. I have no idea which I need to ask for...?

Tempted to pop across tomorrow to see what the score is Very Happy
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Spike107, If you have just been using rental boots then the Standard boot fitting service would probably be enough, there are several reviews of Rivington Alpine on here.

There is also Ventura near Haydock.
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Just a quick update to say a big thumbs up and another happy customer after I visited Rivington Alpine over the weekend. Spent 2.5 hours with Graham who sorted me out with a pair of boots and custom insoles. This guy clearly knows his stuff and can't recommend him enough to anyone else who is needs advice etc... Very Happy
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Another thumbs up for Graham at Rivington Alpine, sorted the wife's boots out last year. Best investment you can make.. wink
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Thanks for the thumbs up for us (Rivington Alpine). Always great to see happy customers comments. I'll be watching the posts on here and will help where I can with advice although CEM has been around for a while so I'll still doff my cap to Colin (He still buys me the odd beer when we're testing ski's but not often enough Very Happy ). Cheers!
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Just to close my story off.
I went to Edge & Wax on the 3rd Oct and it turned out that they didn't have my size in stock, so i got a ticket for £20 off and re-booked for the 7th Nov.
Turned up on the 7th, got fitted silver service, it was ok the fitter didn't say too much. I was glad that I'd read up on the feel and fit of boots on here. Didn't get to stand on the blue light thing like they show you in the video on their web site. But did get a free pair of socks as part of the promotion.

At the end of the day I'm happy with the boots been to a dome to try them out, I was told I have 12 months in which I can return for tweaks if they are tight anywhere. Not a bad service just not what I was expecting.

I was expecting a few more measurements and a bit more of a running commentary on why the boots being offered were the right ones for me.
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I am usually buy boots in online store but before doing it I go to a local shoe shop to fit
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Greys0n wrote:
I am usually buy boots in online store but before doing it I go to a local shoe shop to fit


perfect example of why your local store won't be there in a few years Skullie Skullie
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@pigeondave, I've had my new boots fitted by Edge & Wax and pretty happy with the service. I did go mid-week however and the fitter (Toby i think) was more than happy to talk me through it all and was very generous in his time.

Rich
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@Greys0n, please pay the local shop if using their skill set, I quite like having the shops there.
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@Greys0n, your local shoe shop has ski boot fitters?
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By them in Decathlon, the only place where you can take them back after using them if they don't fit.
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Hi everybody! My friends invited me to go skiing with them but the thing is that my equipment stayed in my home country (I am abroad). My friend, who is about my size and my weight said I could borrow hers. I have been skiing for a good 10 years now, so I can ski pretty well. Her boots are a size 7 and I am a 6. Do you think I would be able to ski with her equipment or should I rent some which would fit me properly?

thanks in advance and sorry for the mistakes, english is not my mother tongue Very Happy
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@celia63, welcome to snowHeads snowHead

I would strongly advise renting boots in that instance.
With the skis, you could try them out (after resetting the bindings), but again you may be better off renting.
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@celia63, I would rent boots - well fitted rentals are likely to be much better than your friends oversized boots. When you look at the relative costs of a ski holiday, flights, accommodation, transfer and lift passes, boot hire is pretty insignificant.

However, bad boots will ruin your holiday.

Rich
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Thank you very much for your answers! If I ever go, I'll rent boots! @RayZorro @RichClark
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Is this ever going to get re-written? coming up to the end of the season. people looking for deals on boots.
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@blueforests,
I can't say it's needed, the thread seems to speak for itself, go to a proper boot fitter, preferably in resort and you'll get the best results, buying online is a mugs game. There you go!
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@CH2O, I suspect you are biased.
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@CH2O,

What about types and brands of boots? I'm going to go ahead and guess all boots don't cater for all types and levels of skiing...
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blueforests wrote:
@CH2O,

What about types and brands of boots? I'm going to go ahead and guess all boots don't cater for all types and levels of skiing...


No guess work involved, that's why you need to go to a bootfitter. They know (or should) which types and brands will fit your feet. Just don't ask about colour Laughing
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My experience is that you end up paying about £300 for the boots and then have to pay about about another £70 for a footbed. Does anyone ever find that their existing footbed (assuming they have one) slots neatly into the new boots or that they don't need a footbed at all as the inner of the new boot is so good?
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Hey, I am 22 and have been skiing a lot. I am really interested in buying some boots and know end of season is a great time to get some. I live in Liverpool and won't be in resort for a while. Any advice on when/where to shop?
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So, first post, hi. Pretty pleased that this was the first forum I stumbled on to!

Does anyone have any recommendations for boot fitting in or around Newcastle upon Tyne? I've had good service from LD mountain centre before (other sports though) or I could go to Snow and Rock. I guess it's very much about the person rather than the shop so I wondered if anyone had any experience of either.

I'm a beginner so I'll settle for good service, it doesn't have to be world class.
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@muddewater, my husband bought new ski boots Autumn 2014 from CEM in Bicester. He took his old pair along with him and Colin said there was no need for new footbeds, he just trimmed down the ones in the old boots as plenty of life left in them. They were probably three or four years old then.
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@jasonvallen, leather ski boots? How retro!
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