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Whoa whoa whoa,
I know that REI has a rep for sucking but things have changed at South Center REI. I'm their custom boot fitter there now and I've been fitting boots for quite awhile. Superfeet are the way to go. The green or red(winter) are plenty good, way better then the sole brand. And custom cork and double cork are the best for shock but stupid expensive. I have brought alot of tools to Southcenter REI including a tool for calculating cantor. REI is a good place to get gear, or order gear if you go to a smaller store like Southcenter. Their garentee is top notch. In the past they haven't had much in the way of custom techs but that is changing. And as far as Sturts, the new store in Tacoma (same employees as before) has three of the best techs in the state. Kenny in the shop and both Chads on boots are by far better then anybody you'll find at EVO, Seattle ski and snoblow, Alpine hut, or anywhere else. If they weren't then their store manager Keith Rollins (Crystal Mtn Freeride Team) wouldn't stand by them.
Ignorance is miss reading my post. I said that they are three of the best, not the three best. There are dozens of boot fitters that hold Masterfit and ABB cirtifications. All of which are great boot fitters who can fix most all problems with a proper fitting boot. If you reread my post you will see I didn't judge anybodys work but my own. And my work is good, good enough for people who's reputation is at stake to put their name behind it.
So, if you will, slow your roll skibum. I'm not here to argue with you; I don't take this forum quite that serious. They are great bootfitters, and while there are lots of old school bootfitters with 30+ years of experience, and who know everything there is to know about overlap boots, these other guys(myself included) rock pretty fuckin hard. Thats all.
And about these other shops, all of which are good shops no doubt. Why dont they promote their employees like Sturts? Sturts is pretty proud of the staff they have, and thats pretty important when selecting a shop if you ask me.
The only reason why I would promote REI is because of the perks for members and the garentee they have. It's pretty amazing the length they go for members. Im super happy that they are starting to take snow sports more seriously now. It will take several years, but they are slowly coming around.