Old 09-09-12, 09:28 PM   #1
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Full Tilt vs Dalbello vs other

Ok so any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. I am in my senior year of high school and need new ski boots. My current skis are 2010 Line Chronics. I ski a bit of everything and consider myself to be and expert. I'm not that great in the park but i love to just mess around there with my friends and see what i can lay down. I also love to go fast down groomers and ski east coast glades all the time. I've been looking mostly at Full Tilt and Dalbello boots. I think i'm leaning towards a more middle to slightly stiffer flex boot. The only catch is that i'm really low on cash. I had some money saved up from my summer job; however, i got in a minor car crash and the insurance deductible plus price raise is really going to cost me. I don't have a price cap for the boots however, cheaper is better. I realize that most high end boots are going to cost me $500+ but i'd like to find quality boots that fit my needs for less if i can. Can anyone give me there suggestions/advice/experiences/etc? Thanks for your answers!
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Old 10-09-12, 04:56 PM   #2
 
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HI and welcome.
If you want to continue to enjoy and improve then getting the right boots is supremely important. Getting correctly fitted boots for your feet and ability will probably mean spending your whole budget unless you have very unusual feet that match the last the boot is made on exactly!
If I were you I would ask the instructors on your mountain who/where they get their boots fitted and go there to get your own.
Ignore makes/models/colour the important thing is fit. Be honest when the fitter asks your level etc and be honest about your budget it is only fair, a decent fitter might spend an hour with you in the first instance it is pointless him fitting you with something you can't afford. Sometimes it is possible for them to recommend you a boot that you can source cheaper elsewhere (internet/end seasons sales) that you can then take in to get footbed made etc though obviously you then pay the guy per hour which can mount up where as buying/fitting/tweaking for upto a year afterward will normally be a one off cost if all done in house. It might seem expensive but well fitted boots will last longer and improve your ski performance out of sight.
Let us know how you get on and maybe post the name of the name/location of the fitter if you find a great one for the benefit of other users of this forum in your area.
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Old 13-09-12, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks so much! I'm going to take that advice and go check out a few local ski shops and talk to their boot fitters. When i figure the whole thing ouy i'll post back how it went
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Old 30-10-12, 08:02 PM   #5
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So in case anyone was wondering i finally found and bought boots today. They are nordica ace of spades from last year that never sold. I talked to a guy (Tom) at my local ski shop (princeston sports) and found the best fit. They were able to offer me deals as good as any online but now am sure that they fit. They also hooked me up with some custom inserts. Haven't skied on them yet but i'm confident they will ski great considering my style. Overal i'm very pleased. I'll post another update after i have skied them a few times and can try to answer any questions if someone has them.
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Good for you, have a great season.
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Old 04-11-12, 02:53 AM   #7
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Thanks! You too
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