So, i go into my shop to check out some boots today and since i have a long narrow foot , i decided i would try on the hotdoggers - good flex, intuition and good reviews.
So the guy measures my foot and thinks he knows what he is talking about. I wear a size 12 shoe and he buts me in a fucking 28 shell. I've tried it on before and i had no chance of fitting so i decided to test the guys knowledge. He gives me the boot to try on and that's what i did. i tried it on and the guy had to help me put on the bottom cable. he then said that that's how boots fit and that they would be tight like that at the beginning, like every other new boot. Dude, the boot is the wrong fucking size.... he then says after i took the boot off that it will get better with time skiing with them. At this point i told him that i needed to try on the 29, so he said sure.
I then tried the boot on and it felt great. He hen begins to ask me how experienced at riding i am and i tell him that I'm a level 3. He had no fucking clue what that meant and asked me if i was a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier, and i said advanced. " this boot will be good because it's for experienced riders since it is stiff." At this point I'm laughing in my head because the guy had no clue what he is talking about. He said that it was as stiff as the Ace of Spades, a boot that he has no experience with and that isn't even carried in the shop.
Next he tells me that If i don't like the Ft's, I should try on SPK's. Jesus Christ. I tell him that i had the kreations 2 years ago and they fitted like shit and he simply told me that both the spk's and hotdogger's are similar in shape and last. He says that they are only a couple of milometers off and that it hardly makes a difference. I then decided to shut up and let him talk for 10 more mins because i did not want to point out everything that he was saying.
I take off the boots and i told him that i was going to go try on the Ace of Spades at their other shop and he said yeah, good idea, they'll fit the same. So i said peace and left the shop
To sum things up, the guy was the perfect example of a bad boot fitter points to the fact that bootfitters should have more knowledge about the boots before being hired as a boot fitter. Never going back to that shop to get fitted. Plus i can get the boots somewhere else for $75 cheaper.
.:. If you have more knowledge than a boot fitter and he says that your thin foot will fit fin in an spk, then leave asap.