Old 02-02-06, 07:17 PM   #1
 
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Boot Questions

hi, i am relatively new to skiing and was wondering if anyone had any advice on boots. i am about to buy my first pair and wondering what type of things to look for. i have done a little research on the web and everything seems to be rather similat other than insane prices in some cases. what i am really wodering, are there any major problems i could face? also are there any new technologies in boots that could be worth looking into? thanks for any tips
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Old 02-02-06, 08:05 PM   #2
 
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I have a few tips for you in buying boots - Firstly make sure you buy them from a shop and get them professionally fitted. The person in the shop can most likely give you lots of advice as to what boot is suited to you. They say that the expert skiers like stiff boots etc.. so If you are not asked about how often you ski and your skill level they may be more of a sales person and you should be buying your boots somewhere else as they might try to sell you a top of the line boot when this is not what you may need.

You should also have your boot moulded to the shape of your foot, this will make it more comfortable to ski in and will ensure it is sized perfectly for your foot. So my advice - go somewhere local and see what boots they recommend.

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Old 02-02-06, 10:28 PM   #3
 
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thanks, do you think there is anything in particualr i should pay attention to or questions to ask? i just want to make sure they dont try and sell me something i dont need or something i may want and they dont mention it...
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Old 03-02-06, 04:36 PM   #4
 
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Try and find a place that will be honest to you, as I said, if they don't ask any questions about your skiing technique / skiing level then you should get out of there as they will likely try to sell you something that you don't need. I can't think of anything really .. at the end of the day a ski boot is a ski boot ... ask them and see what they would recommend.
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Old 19-03-06, 12:06 AM   #5
 
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I agree with Michael - when I bought my most recent pair of boots I asked the shop assisant for advice on what to buy and I have been very happy with my purchase - they were very helpful. For reference I got these :

Atomic M-Tech M:11

http://winter.atomicski.com/product_...=M-Tech&m=M:11
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Old 19-03-06, 12:22 AM   #6
 
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Ross - They look like a nice comfortable pair of boots. I had a terrible experience of renting boots this year so I am seriously considering buying myself some.
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Old 09-04-06, 07:11 PM   #7
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http://www.surefoot.com/shop/

A friend of mine got his boots done there and hasnt looked back since. I was in there when he got it done and its actaully really cool. After he got them he skiied with them for the next 3 days and was in absolute heaven.
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Old 09-04-06, 08:36 PM   #8
 
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thanks for the link ben, a custom made boot - wow - wouldn't that be quite expensive?
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Old 11-04-06, 04:56 AM   #9
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Well, I didnt get near them when they rang the boots up, but yeah I'd say for a good custom boot it does get expensive.
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Old 11-04-06, 02:42 PM   #10
 
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I think a custom boot could be worth it if you go skiing enough. There's nothing as bad as an uncomfortable boot.
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