So I plan on purchasing new ski boots for next season. Right now I am looking at Full Tilts based on my friends recommendations, the shape of my foot, and the features including comfortability, reduced shin bang, and less weight. Right now I just don't know which pair to get, I ski around 60/40 park to regular mountain. Next years drop kicks looked good but they seemed only park. The konflict were promoted as all mountain but some have complained that they are too stiff for park. Which full tilt boot would you guys recommend I buy? Also I would say I'm an expert skier on regular mountain and intermediate in the park.
Go to a bootfitter and get fitted. No matter how good fulltilts are for your friends they may well end up rubbish for you due to different foot shapes. Try to test out a myriad of different boots from different companies to see which one suits you the best. If all else fails you can even get them heat molded to blow out any hotspots on your foot.
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All above is 100% true. Finding a good boot fitter is what you need to do first. Not knocking what your friend likes but that might not fit you as well.
Also like above, most good bootfitters will do work on your boots for free if you buy from them. This will save you time and money if you already know a good fitter.
You would also want to get a foot bed. Will make skiing so much better for you.
The reason everyone will say go to bootfitter is because it is the most cost effective way to spend money when it comes to boots. Even if you don't intend to buy from a fitter it's good to get a professionals opinion.
Hope this makes sense and welcome to NS OP.
Yep go to a fitter. It's really the only option to get well fitting boots. To many people here think you just get a boot but that just the start. For a good fit you will certainly need some sort of footbed preferably a custom one. Full tilts don't come with any type of insole so as soon as you add it it will drastically change the fit. Also you will want the liners moulded and chances are you will need some shell work doing both when you buy the boot and also possibly after you ski in them. If you buy from a fitter and get the footbeds he recommends all this work should be free. If you just get some boots online you may save a little money but they will end up costing you a lot more once you get all the work done. For example we used to charge 50 dollars for a heat mold and 30 for one stretch. So if you want them moulded and a just 1 stretch on each boot its 110. Or it's free if you buy from us in the first place.
Lastly listen to the fitter, he knows the shape of the boots and wht can work for your feet. Defiantly don't try on every single boot there is simply no point and you will just confuse yourself. A good fitter should try about 3 boots on you. They should feel very tight initially almost too small but this is normal. A footbed will often make your foot up to a size smaller and when te boots get bedded in they generally fit a size bigger. So defiantly don't go for a boot which feels comfy and roomy when you first try it on.
If you have any other fitting related questions let me know
Ok, thanks for the feedback, I will definitely talk to my boot fitter. Another question, does anyone know the difference between the 2014 drop kicks and the 2014 B and E boots? They seem pretty much the same and I imagine the drop kicks will be significantly cheaper. Also will the attachment on the front of the B and E's be removable?
If it ends up that a full tilt is the best boot for you then I would go for the newer shell which features te replaceable soles. It will mean you can get a lot more life out of the boots. The ones which features these are the Seth, twall and I think the first chairs. Really they are the only ones worth getting if you want to make the boots last a while.
But until you have been fitted there is no point even looking at different boots. Go in with an open mind and let the fitter select the best boot for you. Don't say you want to try full tilts. If the fitter selects them as an option then you know they may work. If you go in saying you want full tilts if he is not a great boot fitter he may just see you as a kid who he can make an easy sale from. If he sticks you in any full tilt that a bit big you will find them super comfy and he makes a sale but the boots will prob suck to ski in as they may be the wrong shape and they were too big to begin with. Hopefully a goo fitter won't so this but to be safe don't mention any boots.
Are you joking? I guess you work at a tourist store but I could go to a number of other shops in whistler and get all of that and more done for free. I'd also buy the fitter some beers if they did good work but that isn't required.
Maybe if you're a whistler local and it's your boy working in the shop
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Yeah quite we were one of the cheapest shops in whis those prices are pretty standard. Obviously I would not charge that to someone I knew but if a random person came in with a boot he got online that's wht it costs
First of all, fuck the Cougars. Purple and gold for life.
Second of all, go to a boot-fitter like everyone else said, or at least try on different boots in a shop first. If you're gonna drop money on any part of your setup, make it the boots. It makes a HUGE difference.
And you know what, Henrik? Fuckin' send it, son.
Yeah fair enough I guess. If some snobby kid came in when I was working and was like 'I bought these SPK's online for x silly cheap amount and they don't fit at all' and turned out to be too wide and 2 sizes to big, I would 100% charge his ass. But if a kid came in who was like 'So I saw a fitter and tried on so many boots and these fit really well but I need a few spots punched', no way i'd charge him.
Yep that how it works. I worked at the performance lab so we ha a real mixture of people with a lot of money, kids trying to get sponsored, instructors, gapers right up to pro riders. Obviously what we charged people depended on a lot of factors. But most of the work I did was custom footbeds and alignment which is never going to be free unless salomon or atomic for example were paying for it later. We would do people deals on footbeds but you can't give product away for free. I used to do free punch work if they got a footbed though, and also a free remould as that was generally always needed after a new footbed was made.
Seriously just go to a boot fitter and remember that riding most all mountain boots in the park works just fine. Just get the comfiest best fitting boot you can find it doesn't really matter what brand or whether or not it's a specific park boot.
I like to ski with loose underpants or boxers on so my balls can swish around and chill.
i would definitely go to a boot fitter... but as far as a brand goes, look at dalbello for sure. they are the same piece design as full tilt, except they hold the actual design patents for it and have been refining it for years, where full tilt can only make theirs fancy
Uhhh full tilt is allowed to "refine" their boots. Look at how they made te influence series and the new one with the wider toe box and replaceable toes. They just choose not to change it because it works for so many people.