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Buying boots and renting skis?

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Hi all, title says it all really. I've been skiing once or twice a year since I first started 4 years ago. Been having a bit of a nightmare with booty fitting in resorts so I'm really tempted by the idea of buying my own in the sales. Should be fairly easy to just transport them with the rest of my luggage and avoid the trouble of trying to find rentals for my weird feet.

Has anyone had experience of whether companies like intersport are ok with you just renting skis, and what the price light be? Don't recall seeing that as an option on their page before.

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@tl266, yes, they'll be fine with it. Price will be a bit less than skis plus boots, but not a lot less.
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Yep, totally fine I did the same thing before I bought my first pair of skis (rushed into that decision, regrettably!)... as I'm sure many people do as well (take own boots, rent skis). I have typically bought via a TO, and for two people coming on a trip I've organised I got them a board each for the week @ £50 (discounted - some offer they were running). Skis were £58

TBH, buying your own boots is the best thing you can start with IMO - once they're correctly fitted to your feet and you're able to get used to them you're able to progress much faster, in my experience.
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@tl266, absolutely a good idea but the execution is trickier, in that, if you have difficult feet, getting the fitting right to begin with may be an obstacle.

E.g., almost 100% if you just go down your local Snow and Rock, you'll be sold boots that are too big. And very easily too soft. It’s just a skills and marketing availability thing.

So your boots may be comfortable, but the performance will be sorely lacking. They may not even be comfortable.

Which means ultimately a false economy and a second pair of well fitted boots.

Far better to get a properly fitted and suitable pair of boots which may or not be on sale and regard them as the investment that they are.
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I've been doing this for the last 10 years or so. You probably save 20/30€ per week on rental without the boots.
I have a bag that is big enough to fit a pair of boots in, and small enough to class as hand luggage, so as long as you don't want to carry anything else on the plane, then it saves any weight in your main luggage.

@under a new name, what is said about too big and particularly too soft i'd agree with. I had a pair of 110 flex boots, went to get fitted, said I needed something stiffer, and he tried to get me to buy another set of 110's, I had to ask for stiffer.
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Yes definitely a good idea. The one item you need which needs to be 100% fitting is your boots.
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@tl266, It's what many (most?) people do. Hire shops won't bat an eye lid when you turn up to rent skis with your own boots.

Getting well fitting boots is important, especially if you've got "weird feet" and that involves more than you might expect compared to when hiring. Where in the UK are you and people will be able to recommend good boot fitters.
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Did it for years, hire companies are used to it, most if not all the online hire companies have the ability to select any combination of boots, skis and helmets, usually it just means unticking the box for boots. do your research on the best fitters, plenty of recommendations in other threads on SHs. With weird feet going for the cheapest online option will be a false economy.
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Oh and sorry for not answering the original question, being, I believe, “can I tip up with my own boots and rent skis?”

Yes, yes, you can, in any shop, anywhere and have been able to since ski boots were retailed to the public and ski rentals became available....
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@tl266, find a good boot fitter, I used Solutions for Feet in Bicester, other fitters are available. I wouldn't buy in the sales, the range will be limited and the more weird your feet the greater the range you will need to choose from. Bight the bullet and wait until September when the new stock will be in.

Another thing to consider is buckling your boots up. I was told when I started skiing to buckle my boots up really tight, so I did, and suffered with my feet for years. Wasn't until I found advice on snowHead on the correct way to do ski boots up that my feet were comfortable. Boots should be tight around the ankles but only finger tight over over your feet. snowHead
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Think others have answered your core question quite clearly already but to add a few related notes:

1. I pack my boots stuffed with socks, etc and wrapped in snoods/base layers, then 'top and tailed' with small things shoved down the little gap in the middle of the two boots. Like they they don't actually take to too much extra space.
2. The sole of both boots in a pair is the same so you only need to take one down to the hire shop with you when you pick up your skis.
3. Specialist boot fitters, like Solutions 4 Feet or ProFeet are more expensive than the high street stores but even without odd feet buying cheap can often mean buying twice...
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@tl266, absolutely a good idea but the execution is trickier, in that, if you have difficult feet, getting the fitting right to begin with may be an obstacle.

E.g., almost 100% if you just go down your local Snow and Rock, you'll be sold boots that are too big. And very easily too soft. It’s just a skills and marketing availability thing.

So your boots may be comfortable, but the performance will be sorely lacking. They may not even be comfortable.

Which means ultimately a false economy and a second pair of well fitted boots.

Far better to get a properly fitted and suitable pair of boots which may or not be on sale and regard them as the investment that they are.


Seconded. I did this exact thing. Boots were one of the first pieces of ski equipment I bought because I had such a horrible time finding rentals that didn't kill my feet. The boots I got were much better than the rentals but ultimately too wide and too big. This season (years later) I've upgraded to a second pair of well fitted boots, though I had to try a couple of fitters and get some internet advice to make sure I was getting the best fitting service. So far so good!
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Remember to take a boot with you to the ski hire shop - they need to adjust the bindings for your boot.
(No need to take two unless you are going straight out to ski though!)
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