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  1. #26
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    Benny’s a worldly guy. Fly to Austria and get fitted at Strolz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Thanks, dude, but, want to get the boots sorted out before travelling so far.
    you could think that ^^ way OR take a ski vaca at a place which has every boot/ every piece of gear made/ slope side boot fitting

    IME that was the Olympics at Whistler, I went out for a bottle of wine and came back with new Dalbello's from Fanatyk, they were open every night until 8 for fit problems

    I'm a hard to fit Fathead so I also picked up a XXL giro Atlas helmet

    All kinds of gear in the shops for the Olympics but really not very many people ... I think the shops got hosed on that one

    as for the online purchased Mercury having a 1 finger fit (15mm actualy) out of the box with no punching I got lucky

    so when i seen a Vulcan for 67% off from chermany it was a no brainer


    I am hard to fit so IMO/IME boots are not the place to save money but everyone is different, my buddy has been wearing langes in a size 26 for 19 yrs so he buys them on-line with a racers discount and I can't keep up to him
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    Costco.... duh.
    Mister Man! Mister Man! Mister Man. They left this card.

  4. #29
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    I've got a bit of a funky foot so buying in a shop and getting the boot properly fit/adjusted/tweaked as part of the purchasing process is the only option for me. I'm also a big believer in supporting good bootfitters at shops, so I don't mind spending the time/gas/money to go into a local shop.
    "If I could have any K2 skis this year I'd go with the Volkl Gotamas." - Monique

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    Purchased my last 4 pairs on gear swap.
    Fit them yourself.
    Plenty of info here to do that.
    It's not rocket surgery.

  6. #31
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    Buy boots from a shop near where you usually ski. Benny, idk where that is for you, but maybe VT somewhere? Hey, you could always see butterflake in Ludlow hahahahaha
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

  7. #32
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    If you go to Masterfit -- they'll flat out tell you that 85% of skiers have normal enough feet that all the need is the right shell size, a reasonable boot choice to fit their foot (i.e. low volume, high volume, etc), a decent trim-to-fit insole that matches their arch, and a check of your ankle mobility to determine necessary lifts/forward lean adjustments.

    If you can do all this at home by measuring your feet accurately, checking your mobility, you have relatively "normal" feet and can research boots well online, by all means buy online/gear swap. Maybe all you need is a small punch or stretch beyond that.

    If you've got less than normal proportions, limited mobility, odd bumps/shapes, etc -- a bootfitter is certainly worth your time.

  8. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    For one, most ski shops with qualified boot fitters make money selling you boots. At bare minimum own the fact that "I purchased these boots online and an expect to pay more and be less of a priority for boot fitting than the guy that bought at the ski shop".

    I do it but I have an easy to fit foot, have decades long relationships with bootfitters (AKA "my friends" and generally just need the liner heat molded.

    I think brick and mortar ski shops would do themselves a favor if they increased the price of their service products and didn't rely on retail they'd be better off. Easier said than done. If you want ski shop to continue to exist, you need to be a good customer and make sure you help their profitability.
    Well, first, this would be a lot easier if I was going with Alpine only boots. I'd find me a pair of Full Tilt First Chairs, like the really incurably stinky pair I have now with a toe piece I can't replace, either last year's or maybe this year's stock, slip my footbed in there, get the liner heat molded, and ski a bit in them, taking them to Hal at Northern Ski Works at Killington for final touches if problems arose. Then I wouldn't have to deal with this for at least five years. It's what I did with the last pair. Found them at an end of season price in Tahoe. Which was lucky, because I discovered that, if you didn't start shopping early season for at least FT, you can fagetabout finding your size mid to late season. So, I'm on this early.

    But, this season I'm changing things. I want to start skinning, just inbounds at first, for exercise. Tired of getting fat in winter. So, whole new boot. Full Tilt Ascendant, Salomon S. Lab, Dalbello Lupo, and a few others I read about here are on the list. Now, to find just two of these, let alone one, in one store is really hard. The Basin shop on Kmart access road had FT and Dalbello last season, so, I figured that was my shop. Now they dropped Dalbello. Hal has Dalbello and Salomon, but probably not my size. So, see where I'm at? I have to drive four hours to shop hop, which is kind of awkward, and hope to find my boot in my size. Just hope they have anything in stock, and the real boot guy is working, not the summer/fall substitute. Then there's the asshole factor. I like Hal because he's really good and he isn't an asshole who will insult my intelligence and abilities, sight unseen, just to sell me a boot he's obligated to and wants it gone and out of inventory. I've experienced a few of them. We all have.

    So, that's why I'm thinking of ordering them and trying them at home. At least I'll have a great idea of almost exactly the boot I want. It just may cost a few hundred in UPS returns. Shop like a girl, haha. Hal will get my business, and I tip very well. I'm not trying to save money. I never do around boots.

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  9. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Well, first, this would be a lot easier if I was going with Alpine only boots. I'd find me a pair of Full Tilt First Chairs, like the really incurably stinky pair I have now with a toe piece I can't replace, either last year's or maybe this year's stock, slip my footbed in there, get the liner heat molded, and ski a bit in them, taking them to Hal at Northern Ski Works at Killington for final touches if problems arose. Then I wouldn't have to deal with this for at least five years. It's what I did with the last pair. Found them at an end of season price in Tahoe. Which was lucky, because I discovered that, if you didn't start shopping early season for at least FT, you can fagetabout finding your size mid to late season. So, I'm on this early.

    But, this season I'm changing things. I want to start skinning, just inbounds at first, for exercise. Tired of getting fat in winter. So, whole new boot. Full Tilt Ascendant, Salomon S. Lab, Dalbello Lupo, and a few others I read about here are on the list. Now, to find just two of these, let alone one, in one store is really hard. The Basin shop on Kmart access road had FT and Dalbello last season, so, I figured that was my shop. Now they dropped Dalbello. Hal has Dalbello and Salomon, but probably not my size. So, see where I'm at? I have to drive four hours to shop hop, which is kind of awkward, and hope to find my boot in my size. Just hope they have anything in stock, and the real boot guy is working, not the summer/fall substitute. Then there's the asshole factor. I like Hal because he's really good and he isn't an asshole who will insult my intelligence and abilities, sight unseen, just to sell me a boot he's obligated to and wants it gone and out of inventory. I've experienced a few of them. We all have.

    So, that's why I'm thinking of ordering them and trying them at home. At least I'll have a great idea of almost exactly the boot I want. It just may cost a few hundred in UPS returns. Shop like a girl, haha. Hal will get my business, and I tip very well. I'm not trying to save money. I never do around boots.
    A lot of shops give you a return label so you don't have to pay for shipping on the return. BC.com maybe?
    As far as boots for skinning, look into the Scarpa and Lange models. Maestrale RS and Freedom RS (for more inbounds) work great for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ULLRismyco-pilot View Post
    A lot of shops give you a return label so you don't have to pay for shipping on the return. BC.com maybe?
    As far as boots for skinning, look into the Scarpa and Lange models. Maestrale RS and Freedom RS (for more inbounds) work great for me.
    Yep, get a gearhead at BC.com and ask for a free return label after you've tried them on.

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    Corbetts. You can get the 2020 S/Labs for $650 or the 2020 XT Free 130 for $570 because of the killer exchange rate. They also have Dalbello, Atomic, K2 and Tecnica..

    I got leftover 2018 XT 130s last year for about $300 and leftover Shifts for $400 last month..

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    steiners sports valatie ny. not a 4 hr drive. dude knows his stuff. garrick

    you're welcome.

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    if you reference me and are an insufferable cunt i will pay for your boots and then hunt you and kill you in them.

    just saying.

    have a nice day.

  14. #39
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    They carry one brand of boot.

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    At a place called Tech Talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy View Post
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    Go rear entry Benny, you'll like it.
    I saw these on the floor at Targhee at the end of the day two seasons ago. They were brand new, and the guy who took them off looked maybe 35. Time warp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Well, here's the way I see it. I was going to do that, drive over 4 hours to put my foot into a boot or two, just to see if they actually can even begin to fit, but, then thought, why not just order a pair or two, try them on at home, and go from there? The downside is the ridiculous carbon foot print of shipping shit every where quickly that is shortening winters so soon I won't need ski boots anyway.
    FIFY

    Dude, do you need this place to hold your hand for everything? Seriously, two threads about your need for boots - it is not that hard to figure out, and if you really do need help, keep it to one thread. At least in this instance you are not in the false belief that you know shit about what you are spouting off about. I guess that us a step forward.

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    Gee, sorry to hurt your brain. Back to your crayons.

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    36,000 posts and Benny still can't figure out where to buy boots or how to post in the right forum.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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    Monday and the cube dwellers waste their boss's time. Probably after chugging Coors Light all weekend.

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    You sound jealous.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Monday and the cube dwellers waste their boss's time.
    Bootlicker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Monday and the cube dwellers waste their boss's time. Probably after chugging Coors Light all weekend.
    Only for lowly, lowly breakfast.
    It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.

    No thanks. I'll stick with porn. - Benny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Monday and the cube dwellers waste their boss's time. Probably after chugging Coors Light all weekend.
    FWIW. I have a door on my office.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    FWIW. I have a door on my office.
    I have a door...and a window.
    It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.

    No thanks. I'll stick with porn. - Benny

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