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Interesting thought today... So whenever one travels over to the gear talk forums and reads a thread about advice with boots, nearly 100% of the time the first response is, "Go see a bootfitter". I just realized, how many pros do you think are sponsored by boot companies who's boots do not fit them correctly. I am specifically thinking about Full Tilt (go figure) because from what I have heard, there is only so much changing you can do to the shell of that boot in order to make them fit correctly. I also was thinking about how many pros are on Full Tilt's team. What are your guesses about this?
We do not seek out athletes to ride on our boots. Our team riders at one point or another have contacted us to try out or are already convinced they are the right boot for them. Our boots are very 'tuneable' meaning you can change flex, cable length, every part, cant stance very easily. Lets be clear that not every pro in the world who has tried our boots has found their golden slippers but more often than not they feel our 3 piece design is the best boots for doing what they do best.
This is true. During high school I worked in Hardgood sales, fitting boots and what not. Although I learned about different shell fits, footbeds, and how to punch a boot I wouldn't consider myself a boot fitter.
And for boot sponsorships, they do a lot of boot work.
Every brand makes a boot that can accommodate any shape of foot with a bit of work, it just might not be the ideal starting point for that foot. And some athletes take ski sponsorship only and use another company's boot.