my rental experience:
man, when my skis were getting mounted, I rented boots cuz the shop had mine and we got a ton of snow. so anyhoo, i ask the dude for some 'mid-performance' boots. he brings out some plastic pieces of shit that look like something Buzz Aldrin would wear to the moon. I'm like 'put those away, give me a hi performance boot'. So I get a pair of spongy Heads with plastic digging into my foot, whatev. I'm skiing right? They made my arch hurt and my heel lifted like 2 inches inside. I was bagged by lunchtime. the next day, I'm back in my old boots and even though I exhausted myself the day before, I skiied all day and expended hardly any effort. like night and day. boots are the most important thing. you should buy boots first and rent skis. rentals are mental.
'Dude, check out this nasty gouge.'
'Your mom has a nasty gouge.'
im just gonna sling crystal meth so i dont have to get a real job and can afford to ski, with the way my senior year is goin though thats probably one of my few options