ScootSkiLyfeDo you happen to know if there is a price rate for getting boot fitted? I have an appointment with Dave to get fitted for some new boots but I’ve also heard their equipment is expensive. I was planning on him helping me find some boots but I probably won’t purchase them there.
So be honest with him. He is a pretty understanding guy. Might give you a little shit but dude is without a doubt best boot fitter in the Midwest.
The thing I would say is get fitted and see what fits well. Then maybe buy a custom insole from them. Would save you some money.
I’m not sure if they price matches so ask them about that as well.
If you work in the ski industry they can do pro deal prices so even if your a part time on a hill they could help you on price.
One thing to consider is if you buy from pierce they guarantee the boot fit. Meaning no cost for modifications for the life of the boot for as long as you own it.
If you buy offline or somewhere else they will charge you for every toe punch or whatever else you might need. That’s the main reason pierce’s stuff is more expensive.
If you need 4-5 modifications on a boot (which if you buy online without trying on is completely realistic) and you get charged $40 a modification that adds up to 160-200.
which if you just spent more up front at a shop that is really really good that will also give you priority on modifications vs being other smuck who bought boots online and needs help mid season.
Make sure you tell them your fine if it’s not from this season. they might have something in your size from past years that just wasn’t popular with the racers. Would be worth considering.
Back to your original question I don’t believe they charge for sizing and trying on boots.
If they do I would say it’s worth it because you’ll learn a lot about what your foot needs in terms of boots. They are without a doubt in my mind the biggest ski boot enthusiasts I’ve met and I’ve spent the last 7 winters in Colorado. They will overload you with information about anything for boots.
And while I know lots of people say they are just racing nerds who’s gonna be the better boot fitters? A year round ski shop that do boot work for FIS competitors or a bike shop that sells ski in the winter?
I’d say if they are not charging you for sizing make sure you tip for their time. A twenty or a 6 pack of beer goes super far with those guys. At the end of the day those guys are just a bunch skiers.
I always tip a six pack to Dave. The dude drinks dark beer. He’d prefer beer over cash if you can.