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    Default Ask a boot fitter a question.

    I notice on another good forum, you can ask questions of some expert boot fitters, the people answering the questions are the very best in the country, many are the founders of Masterfit etc.
    We have at least 4-5 of Australia's best boot fitters registered on here as members, do you think this could work on Snowatch.

    I can think of Simon Bright at Footpro, Greta Bishop in Brisbane, John Morgan at STM in Sydney, Symon Astley who was Sidas Australia until recently are all registered on here, and could probably help out.

    Give us your thoughts.

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    I think the way it works at Epic is that only the reistered bootfitters can reply to a query. Stops the merde fights?
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    Always good to ask an expert. Some of the comedy answers are also funny to read as well.
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    Hey Paul,
    This sounds like a great idea and it would help people and also generate some more variety & discussion into the snowatch forums.
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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Taxman View Post
    I think the way it works at Epic is that only the registered boot fitters can reply to a query. Stops the merde fights?
    We can moderate any replies that appear to be giving poor advice, otherwise comments from non boot fitters could be useful, as you know I am one of the privileged boot fitters allowed to post over there, and the only Aussie, you are selected after putting through your resume, I don't think we would want or need to go that far.
    I have witnessed a lot of people getting the correct answers about boot fitting, including at times other boot fitters.

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Heres a question for you,,are boots supposed to make your shins ache. I was only skiing for about 10 mins and had to stop, the pain in the shins was that bad.

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by darrend View Post
    Heres a question for you,,are boots supposed to make your shins ache. I was only skiing for about 10 mins and had to stop, the pain in the shins was that bad.
    That can be a couple of things, but generally always the boots are not tight enough, either you need to tighten the power strap and top buckles more, or it could be like so many people, you are in boots a size or so too big and don't even know it, either way you need to eliminate the room between your leg and the boot tongue and things are usually fixed.
    There are things you can do such as using an eliminator tongue.
    http://masterfitenterprises.com/eliminator.html

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Eliminator tongues are amazing. Been using them for quite a few years now. Not only does it stop the movement within your boot, it also makes them a lot more comfortable when skiing all day

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    Just my two cents worth, I dont have a masterfit boot fitting certificate.
    I have attended various bootfitting classes by Rosignol, Salomon and Nordica.
    I have been fitting boots for over 10 years, and modifying boots for customers that were sold ill fitting boots from other stores, and I can proudly say, I have never had a complaint about the boots I have sold, or fixed for my customers.
    So in general, there are very experienced bootfitters out there that dont have Master bootfitter Certification.
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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazza View Post
    Just my two cents worth, I dont have a masterfit boot fitting certificate.
    I have attended various bootfitting classes by Rosignol, Salomon and Nordica.
    I have been fitting boots for over 10 years, and modifying boots for customers that were sold ill fitting boots from other stores, and I can proudly say, I have never had a complaint about the boots I have sold, or fixed for my customers.
    So in general, there are very experienced bootfitters out there that dont have Master bootfitter Certification.
    Sorry Mazza I had forgotten about you, feel free to dive in and answer the questions, the more opinions expressed the better.
    Masterfit is good, but it is not a must have certificate, John Morgan at STM was a very good boot fitter long before he did his Masterfit course, for me personally it was the start of my better boot fitting days, it gave me the passion to learn even more, apart from that, I met some very good friends at the first Masterfit clinic ever held in Australia, people like Simon Bright, Greta Bishop, Craig Steedman, Peter Clarke from Jindy sports, pretty well Australia's top 12 boot fitters at that time were all at that first Masterfit clinic back in 2002.

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    Thats ok Paul, I am always willing to help our friends on Snowatch
    I did get the invite to attend this year, unfortunatelly I cant make it.
    It is amazing how much better a boot will fit and feel, just by adding a wedge here and there and a small grind or blow out in tight spots.
    Lets not forget the importance of Footbeds, I know they have made a huge difference in my boots, and my skiing.
    Sore shins if not sufffering from a medical condition can be caused by loose fitting boots. having a loose boot is worse than having a tight boot around your leg, as your shin constantly slams into the front off the boot, causing your shin to become very sore, very quickly.
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    I think it's a great idea, would it include snowboard boots too ?
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    I like the idea. It was hunting for boot info that actually got me onto another forum some years back! (before I got bullied off and came here...where it's safe and comfy...like a well fitted boot!!).

    Based on the recommendation from said forum I went to Jindy sport...can't remember his name (he's not there any more though). He said to me "you need an atomic b90 and don't let anyone sell you anything else but sadly we don't sell it". I took his advice and found the boot in Sydney. Went the whole hog and had custom foot beds.

    I LOOOOOVEEEEE MY BOOOOOOOTS, I swear they are as comfy as ugh boots and nothing EVER hurts (except my toes that time in Niseko when it was minus 19 and blizzarding and I had been skiing all day) ... but they're five years old now...time for a new pair? so I'll watch this thread :-)
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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Legolas View Post
    I like the idea. It was hunting for boot info that actually got me onto another forum some years back! (before I got bullied off and came here...where it's safe and comfy...like a well fitted boot!!).

    Based on the recommendation from said forum I went to Jindy sport...can't remember his name (he's not there any more though). He said to me "you need an atomic b90 and don't let anyone sell you anything else but sadly we don't sell it". I took his advice and found the boot in Sydney. Went the whole hog and had custom foot beds.

    I LOOOOOVEEEEE MY BOOOOOOOTS, I swear they are as comfy as ugh boots and nothing EVER hurts (except my toes that time in Niseko when it was minus 19 and blizzarding and I had been skiing all day) ... but they're five years old now...time for a new pair? so I'll watch this thread :-)
    They still make Atomic B90 boots, but you could also look at Head boots, they would be close.
    The person who would have fitted you at Jindy sports would have been Andy Burford, he has his own shop at Perisher now, seeing as how you trust him you could phone him later on and see if he can help, or go back to where you got your B90 boots.

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    I think it's a great idea, would it include snowboard boots too ?
    Masterfit also cover snowboard boots, but generally snowboard boots are not such a big problem if sold correctly at the time, the biggest problem I see with snowboard boots in my shop are those that were bought online, and then are the wrong shape and size for the foot. I snowboard myself and we sell snowboard boots, so I do take an interest in fitting them.

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Do boots have an expiry date? I have had the same pair for 10 years and are still are tight.... probably a little to tight in some places. They have had work on them over the years to make them a little more comfy, I'm not looking at replacing them but wanted to know will it by my choice or the boots....hehehehe. I generally ski more than 20 days a year.
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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Straight_Line View Post
    Do boots have an expiry date? I have had the same pair for 10 years and are still are tight.... probably a little to tight in some places. They have had work on them over the years to make them a little more comfy, I'm not looking at replacing them but wanted to know will it by my choice or the boots....hehehehe. I generally ski more than 20 days a year.
    Yes and no regards the expiry date, boots have made a few changes for the better in recent years mainly to take into account the changes in skis, take for example Strolz boots, they last a long time but the now 10 year old ones would be holding back their owners from getting the best out of a modern ski, apart from that there really is no expiry date, if they fit well and are comfy don't change.

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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Oberin View Post
    Masterfit also cover snowboard boots, but generally snowboard boots are not such a big problem if sold correctly at the time, the biggest problem I see with snowboard boots in my shop are those that were bought online, and then are the wrong shape and size for the foot. I snowboard myself and we sell snowboard boots, so I do take an interest in fitting them.

    agreed, although even well fitted boots after wearing in can develop tender points. +1 has issues as he has different sized feet. Would be great to have someone avaliable to ask silly random questions. +1 often chnages something then rides a few days...tender spot still there...then he trys something else.
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    Default Re: Ask a boot fitter a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
    agreed, although even well fitted boots after wearing in can develop tender points. +1 has issues as he has different sized feet. Would be great to have someone avaliable to ask silly random questions. +1 often changes something then rides a few days...tender spot still there...then he trys something else.
    If you are ever up my way, I would be happy to take a look or talk to him via email if he wants, tell me the symptoms and I will try to suggest what to do.

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    I'll harass him tonight, all I know is that by the end of the day his larger foot is numb in spots and last 3 toes, I think it is where the inners/seems/tongue overlap in the boot that give him tender spots. Probably doesn’t help that he has boas and tightens the boots to within an inch of their lives. The boots are very ridged, he rides pretty hard, and has very narrow ankles but large arches with a huge range of flection, so understand why he does them up fairly tight.

    Don't think I'll be back your way for a long time, we've moved off shore for a few years.
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