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    I had my boots fitted professionally, so that step is vital - especially with foot issues.

    I wear Atomic, as they have a wide toe box. My toes would get squished and cut off circulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowie Meli View Post
    Alp sport does NOT offer a fit guarantee.
    wow! I didn't know that! I have bought snowboard and hiking boots from there. I am glad I never considered getting my ski boots from there

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    A number of my Sydney friends have been to Jindabyne Sports for their boots and one of them to Larry Adler in Jindabyne. One of the pros for going somewhere down here is if you have problems or need things tweeked, you're not stuck with boot issues for your entire ski holiday.
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    Thats another fantastic point, when you need some small adjustments made in the middle of your ski holiday, you can just bring them down to jindy to get done. I know Larry Adler at jindy is awesome, and a lot of people I've spoken to give the thumbs up for boot fitting in Jindy sports to.
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    I hear there will be a new boot fitting shop at Perisher this winter, staffed and managed by Andy who was the fitter at Jindy sports.
    I know Andy is an exceptional boot fitter.

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    i guess i could wait till i go down for a ski. how would prices be early on in the season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glen View Post
    i guess i could wait till i go down for a ski. how would prices be early on in the season?
    Do not even think about buying boots on price.
    Whatever!

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    oh but im a poor uni student! every cent matters

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    One thing that is fairly consistant in the Australian industry, the best boot fitters don't discount their services, they don't have too and when you take into consideration the cost of the training and usually the result, the price is justified.
    Boot fitters that are not confident in their own abilty do discount in order to make a sale, but then how good is the fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glen View Post
    oh but im a poor uni student! every cent matters

    More reason to spend good dollars on boots.....bad boots will mean more time hurting and less time skiing, wasted ticket money if you ask me!

    Go see John Morgan at STM in Bondi.....He is a genuine bloke, a master-fit trained fitter (like Paul) and I believe he offers a fit guarantee. Be warned, he is not cheap....expect a decent set of boots to set you back in the order of $600 or better (6 lift tickets!!)

    Also, unless they are foamed (Strolz are not the only foam boots, just the most expensive), they wont be comfy straight away because the liners will need to pack out.....this process takes 5-10 days on snow, and can be painful, but worth it.
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    Glen, what your foot measures means bugger all when it comes to fitting ski boots.

    Do yourself a favour. Make an appointment to see an experienced, professional bootfitter who is going to give you a guaranteed fit.

    However, if you are prepared to spend your money on something that may or may not fit, my money is on they won't and you'd be better off depositing the funds into my bank account and saving yourself some pain at the same time.
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    That is John Morgans shop....go and see him, tell him upfront that you are a poor uni student and people from snowatch told you to come to him for boots.....I can't speak for him but from my dealings with him, he wont rip you off! If that boot is not right for you, he will tell you.
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    Every cent you spend on well fitting boots is worth not eating for a week! It is undeniably the most important factor in this sport. beg & borrow to get them perfect - once you ski in well fitting boots you'll wonder how you ever skied without them.

    And your ability will double.

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    See a pro, you will save yourself so much in money and pain and all the rest of it. To get boot fitters to make adjustments on boots you didn’t buy from them costs a fortune, and when your feet are hurting and you can't ski anymore and the pain is killing you, then your probably going to go down to the nearest shop and beg for help, fork out the money just so you can keep skiing out your days (or weeks) lift pass. In the long run you may very well ruin your feet and hurt the bank account! Not worth it at all!

    Ski boots are an "investment" an investment for your skiing ability, and investment for your feet and an investment for you skiing, because you will get more out of your tickets, because you will ski for longer and ski better for it!

    Either invest your money properly, or hire.
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    Hows your boot hunt going? Did u meet John Morgan?
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    ahh i totally didnt see ur post till just now. i shall see john soonish. i may end up being a dusche and just seeing wat fits then going and buying it online.

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    If you do that you are more than a douche I have no respect for anyone who does that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glen View Post
    i shall see john soonish. i may end up being a dusche and just seeing wat fits then going and buying it online.
    Firstly John Morgan reads most of what is posted on here about buying ski boots, most Sydney shops now charge a boot fitting fee simply because of people who do just what you are saying you may do.
    Most importantly the suggestion of what boot he might fit you into may only fit if he does a certain amount of work on the boots, if you get them online unfitted they may be the wrong boot totally until you pay a boot fitter a small fortune to get the boots right for you, I know in the case at my shop, I fit boots much tighter than most other shops, and if I didn't do a certain amount of work on them before they leave the shop, they would be quite painful for most people.

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    ah sigh, maybe i'll just hire boots

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    Glen, bootfitters have to do lots of training, they also like to offer a boot fitting guarantee (if they are reputable), this all costs money. As does the time to fit them and make mods. With a foot like you have described, I doubt you will take an off the shelf boot. Most ski shop owners I know are not gazillionaires, people don't sell ski gear because it turns a huge profit, they do it cos they love the sport!

    If you buy off the internet you risk wasting your money. I have bought 2 sets of boots at full aus retail that didn't fit, so the liklihood of failure from the internet is very high indeed.

    Then there is the question of respect. If you show a boot fitter the respect of explaining your situation, I am sure that most of the guys mentioned here will try and help. I would be surprised if you went to John Morgan, explained that you were a poor uni student and needed some boots and he told you to shove off. He might say he can't help you, but he might say, look I have these three season old boots that would be ok, but at least you will know he is not trying to screw you.

    My advice is to be honest with the fitter, and if there is no alternataive to you but buying off the internet (I very much doubt this is the ONLY alternative), at least show the fitter the respect of telling them that, they can then choose to charge you a nominal fee to tell you what fits or send you on your way, at least you can say you were honest and didn't do a dodgy on a guy that loves the sport.

    Good luck mate, and remember, buying bad boots is like tearing up cash and throwing it down the drain...not just in the cost of the boots, but the cost of sitting in the mid station at Perisher whinging about sore feet whilst the lift ticket hours burn up and the accom/fuel money spent getting there.
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