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Boot fitter in Austria (looking)

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as the title says- I'm looking for a reputable/great fitter in Austria- preferably the greater Innsbruck area. Anyone have suggestion?
Thanks in advance!
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It's harder than it should be tbh. I'm contemplating going to Black Sheep Sports in Munich this Autumn, who - by reputation at least - do it properly. Can Also recommend Jeffrey at Jenewein in St Anton.
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It's the wrong end of Austria for you but I use this place.
https://matschi.net/

The boot fitter "Edi" fits hundreds of race boots every season for the Vienna racers. I could only get an appointment with him out of the winter season.

Maybe try and find out who fits boots for Innsbruck area racers.


Edit.

Looks like there's a speacialist boot fitter near Innsbruck
http://www.schuhlabor.at/de/unternehmen.html


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Depending on how far you are willing to travel from IBK, another vote for Jennewein in St Anton (Roland or Geoff), or Kamax also in St Anton
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@singinginthesnow, Sorry, I can't help with your query, but would be interested in your experience if you find somewhere.
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Strolz in Lech??? Had mine for 10 years and loved them.
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DB wrote:
It's the wrong end of Austria for you but I use this place.
https://matschi.net/

The boot fitter "Edi" fits hundreds of race boots every season for the Vienna racers. I could only get an appointment with him out of the winter season.

Maybe try and find out who fits boots for Innsbruck area racers.


Edit.

Looks like there's a speacialist boot fitter near Innsbruck
http://www.schuhlabor.at/de/unternehmen.html


I'm lead to believe there's someone like this at the Intersport (I think) at Patscherkofel. But AFAIK they only stock piste boots, so no good if you want a walk mode and tech fittings.

There are plenty of 'competent' fitters in town if your feet are normal, but specialist CEM style fitting is harder to find.

The fact that Black Sheep Sports refuse to sell online is a major reason I'm thinking of going to them, and they seem to be 'full service' as it were http://www.blacksheepsports.de/en/bootfitting/

But I have problem feet with bone spurs in the wrong places (with veins running over the top of a couple of them).
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@singinginthesnow, again its a travel one, but worth the trip, Fabian Stiepel at intersport Brundl in Kaprun, X tecnica world cup guy knows his stuff and a good guy too
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@clarky999, for a big skiing country you would think there would be many more real specialists, i am sure there are a few tucked away in various places but it seems a common problem all over europe
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I've used the ski shop at the base of Hintertux glacier, they sorted out painful boots for me.
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@clarky999, let me know if you're heading this way at all... Intersport in Altenmarkt's bloke (Gerhard Neumayer) is pretty hot although very much race orientated ( http://www.intersport-schneider.at/rennservice )
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@clarky999, @Scarlet, I've heard about www.schuhlabor.at in Steinach am Brenner - only to the extent that they exist, I have no idea how good or well-recommended they are. But their website suggests they do fit downhill and touring boots. Would be interested to know any local knowledge about this place if you have any!
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Another vote for Roland, or Mathias for that matter. They are at the Jennewein main store in St Anton. They certainly know their stuff.

As an added bonus, Rendlbahn is literally across the street, so it is easy to go out for a test ski and pop back in to deal with any issues. There is a world of difference between feeling good walking around a shop, versus actually skiing in the boot.
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@singinginthesnow, See Jeff at Jennewein in St Anton
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Another vote for Jennewein in St Anton, although when I went it was Juergen
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Another vote for Jennewein in St Anton, although when I went it was Juergen

Jurgen, Roland and Jeff all great bootfitters - funny story, I was speaking in German when they were tweaking mine a couple of years ago, and I asked Jeff if he could speak better English than I could German? He said "Hope so i'm from New York City"!!
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Friends have used H & N. This was for race boots though, don't know how much recreational stuff they sell.
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Another vote for Jennewein in St Anton, although when I went it was Juergen

Jurgen, Roland and Jeff all great bootfitters - funny story, I was speaking in German when they were tweaking mine a couple of years ago, and I asked Jeff if he could speak better English than I could German? He said "Hope so i'm from New York City"!!



While getting his touring boots fitted in St Anton a mate asked me how to say "please blow my boots out" in German. Accidentally on purpose something got lost in the translation. Toofy Grin
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The chap pictured here, Gerli, based at Altenmarkt im Pongau. World cup race fitter. There are also excellent other staff in the store with very good touring experience.

http://www.intersport-schneider.at/rennservice
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The chap pictured here, Gerli, based at Altenmarkt im Pongau. World cup race fitter. There are also excellent other staff in the store with very good touring experience.

http://www.intersport-schneider.at/rennservice



Some of my colleagues when I worked in Obertauern had their boots fitted there, couldn't remember the name of the shop, hence not recommending it in my previous post.
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Another vote for Jennewein in St Anton, although when I went it was Juergen


Agree. Jürgen is a very good boot fitter and also knows his skis. He works in the store at the bottom of Nassereinbahn.

That said, they all seem to defer to Roland when something really tricky comes up.
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thanks for all the great advice so far. I never understood why it seems so difficult to find a quality fitter in Europe.
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@singinginthesnow, it’s not
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another rec for H&N (Reith in Alpbachtal, train INN to Jenbach, then Postbus, easy). Quite racy. make appointment.
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Although over 20% of the Austrian population live local to here (Vienna, 1.8m) it surprised me that there weren't any CEM type setups in the city. Assumed maybe it was because the more serious skiers in the west were likely to go for such services. The nearest serious bootfitter to here is 90 miles away. Most Austrians ski (8,7m), many million Germans, Dutch and other nationalities ski in Austria too. It is very surprising that there aren't many more quality bootfitters in Austria. This thread has done a good job of pointing out where some of them are 'hiding' though. Suspect it is because the majority don't realise what real quality bootfitting is and what benefits it can bring especially for people with difficult feet. I daresay many think bootfitting means no more than heating up a liner and an off the shelf insole.


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Plus getting an initial appointment can take a few weeks in high season, a lot of the top fitters are out on the world cup circuit at times too, especially if they get a team contract.
However, once you have had your boots fitted then you can always get tweaks done or new liners fitted at short notice.
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@DB, They're not 'hiding'... it's just that the service isn't in that much demand.
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@DB, They're not 'hiding'... it's just that the service isn't in that much demand.


In Austria the demand for very experienced boot fitters (rather than sales assistants taught to use thermal liner/insole heaters) does seem to be in most cases restricted to racers. I used hiding in comas meaning it a little tongue in cheek. Of course they are not hiding but as they don't advertise their experience / skills IMHO it's difficult to find a really good bootfitter when you require tricky bootfitting work.
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Unless you get chatting to local racers and find out where they all go. Or backcountry tourers as they take boot fitting quite seriously sometimes.
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Of course they are not hiding but as they don't advertise their experience / skills IMHO it's difficult to find a really good bootfitter when you require tricky bootfitting work.


That's exactly what I mean. The demand for an 'in depth' service is very low.
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Anyone get boots fitted last season who has anything to add here? I'm looking to get sorted with some touring boots, so I'll probably go to Jennewein in St Anton unless there's a closer option?

Cheers.
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@Scarlet, no exactly nearer, but Sport Conrad in Garmisch seemed pretty good last year (based on what I saw with other customers; I swapped my old Intuition liners in and didn’t need further work).

But Jennewein is as good an option (bit more expensive given all the discounts you can collect for SC though).
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@clarky999, Did you get your new boots at SC too? And what do you mean by "discounts you can collect"? That they're discounted in the store? I'll assume Jennewein will be full retail... (plus fitting costs? previous fitter did this for free).
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I can't praise Rob Graham at Daleboot in Kitzbühel highly enough. Carpet slippers to ski in.

Usually only suggested as a solution for 'non standard' feet but no need to be. A friend with 'average' feet got a pair after hearing me raving about mine all the time and couldn't believe the difference.

Expensive, admittedly, but given that all the components that wear, such as foot grips are replaceable, they are great value for money. Mine are 10 years old this winter and have had new foot grips once and new liners earlier this year. I also opted to pay for a new part where Rob had significantly improved the design and function but it would not have been necessary had I decided not to.

I would probably have had two pairs would likely be considering a third pair off the shelf boots in the time I've had them due to the sheer amount of work that they needed to have done to fit me so I'm no worse off financially and several times comfier!

IIRC he was working on a touring boot when I was in earlier this year although I don't know how far along he's got with that?
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