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Buying Ski Boots.

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@Rach1257, Glide & Slide, Otley
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Rach1257 wrote:
Sorry to jump on this thread but can anyone recommend a boot fitter in the North of England please?


Rivington Alpine, Adlington ( Chorley / Bolton )
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It's unlikely I would go out on the first morning and think this needs changing.
This. If well fitted, they're going to need a little foam bedding in, sure, but a couple of days skiing before adjustments.

I don't dispute this: I'm sure that for a segment of the boot-buying public it applies. But there's a bigger segment that is just a recreational skier doing a week or two a year. Who buys from a local shop that doesn't have a first-rate, Alpine-class, experienced fitter and who gets what's in stock, with little in the way of expert advice. And a sales person who isn't going to tell then to go somewhere else, and who has a good line in boot techno-babble. It's this larger category that I think is better served buying in the resort.
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@fuzzydunlop @mgrolf @LaForet @Layne Thanks all for the recommendations and different approaches. Going to speak with the shops you suggested and if things don't work out with them then may look into the rent-to-buy approach when I'm on my trip. Fortunately got a week in resort before doing a bit of hut-to-hut so could be the perfect opportunity to at least try out skiing with a variety of boots.
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@LaForet, that's probably also true. But, in fairness, they'll almost certainly end up in a boot that's too big for them that arrives with associated problems, that eventually sends them seeking the light of a proper boot fitting shop.

A bit like religion I presume? wink
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I have a few questions.

Looking at getting a fitting and then buying a pair of boots. Some of these boots are much cheaper online than in these stores. How would you feel about this and what’s the best way to approach it?

At would level would you say, would fitted boots become worthwhile? I’m new to skiing so it feels like a big investment very soon however I do feel as though I’ve progressed quickly. Confident parallel on red and was just starting to learn to carv at MK a few days ago.

Thanks!
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@viciousvulture, IMO. Fight the temptation to buy cheap online. The risk that they will match your foot shape, size and general physiology, is small.

Unsuitable, ill-fitting boots are a handicap at any stage. IMV. You hire boots to see if you will take up the sport. If you do, get properly fitted boots.
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@viciousvulture, so many variables....

Depends how you feel about snubbing someone who has put time and effort into finding you the right product! Fitting a boot is not like going to Clarks and having your feet measured for a pair of brogues..... Size 10 sir? No problem, have a wander around the shop. Suits you!

You could measure your own feet and have a bash yourself - choose your favourite colour/manufacturer/flex/brand ambassador.... You might luck in and find the perfect boot for a bit of a steal but you probably won't. Skiing is not the cheapest hobby and the difference between a properly assessed and fitted boot compared to one which doesn't really fit or work properly, over the life of that boot, is small beer. That is unless you cock it up and have to buy a second pair of boots, properly fitted, having spent a frustrating week in the Alps getting blisters in a pair of plastic wellies..... Just my opinion.
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It’s the snub feeling which is a bit awkward. If the chosen boot is only slightly cheaper elsewhere then you don’t mind, but imagine if it’s 40% off. I think there is a line somewhere!

It’s a sport I do wish to take up, but it does feel like a lot of money so soon. Expensive hobby indeed!
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viciousvulture wrote:
It’s the snub feeling which is a bit awkward. If the chosen boot is only slightly cheaper elsewhere then you don’t mind, but imagine if it’s 40% off. I think there is a line somewhere!

It’s a sport I do wish to take up, but it does feel like a lot of money so soon. Expensive hobby indeed!

If you ski 1 week per year and you get 16 years from your Boots - the cost/yr is minimal (a lunch for 2 up the mountain).
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@viciousvulture, It is an often asked question here, but the honest answer is that your boots massively affect your skiing. The major variables in boot sizing are foot length, arch height, instep height, ankle size and calf size followed by your skiing experience and ability which need to be matched to the appropriate boot manufacturers boot volumes. Going to a specialist boot fitter should enable you to get a good fit immediately. It is of course your choice, but when compared to the cost of say 10 years skiing holidays, the incremental cost of a properly fitted pair of boots is small, but the difference to your skiing is huge.
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@viciousvulture, It sounds to me that you are already at, or passed, the point at which properly fitted boots would help you. Ask yourself: Do you want good control of your skis? Do you want to be able to ski all day without discomfort? These are what you should get from well fitted boots, especially if you have any issues with your feet or skeleton.
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Friend is close to Profeet, any specific fitters there ?
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@viciousvulture, I agree with other posters, sounds like you’re already potentially hooked on skiing, and a pair of your own, well-fitted boots, makes a big difference to your skiing.

I totally get the issue of seeing boots much cheaper online than in a store, but if you buy from a reputable fitter you aren’t just getting the boot. You’re getting their expertise in fitting, and also (depending on fitter) the potential to take them back for adjustments free of charge.

You’ll also find that various fitters are wise to the “try then buy elsewhere” approach and will charge a deposit for a fitting appointment, refundable against purchase.

So for my money, I’d ask for advice on a decent fitter near you (by which I wouldn’t mean whoever it is that flogs ski gear at MK…), go for a fitting appointment when you know you can afford the boots.

I’ve just bought new boots, but I think my last pair must have done me easily 10 years, and multiple trips each year so per week costs isn’t really that high at all, but makes a big difference to my skiing.

Ms T.
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Guys, I’m booked in for a proper ski fitting! I will let you know how it goes. Will go to MK on the same day to try them out.
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viciousvulture wrote:
Guys, I’m booked in for a proper ski fitting! I will let you know how it goes. Will go to MK on the same day to try them out.


Excellent news, hope it goes well Smile
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Any EU members have experience buying boots on our side of the channel? Looking at Netherlands/Germany/Austria (which would then have to be this coming trip in Easter). Interested as to what prices run on average for a decent intermediate/advanced male boot + insoles and fitting.
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I've just bought Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro online (from Germany) and was decided to get them customized if they don't fit well, but they gave me pain just during the first ascent/descent (1500m), the second peek I went on that day (800m) was already without any pain. If you are not buying your first pair of boots, the chance you would buy something so far from your proper fit, that it couldn't be customized later, is low. Especially if you can order more pairs and keep these best fitting ones and send the rest back.
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