TLDR: bought fancy new boots from bootfitter, hate them, can't return cause they're used now, i am fukt
So I went out to Colorado for a 3 week trip to ski and visit friends/family. First day I'm there I go ski Winter Park and my right boot basically snaps in half. The shell is totally fucked and made them unskiable. It was my 5th season on them so it wasn't totally unexpected, but still I was in no financial position to buy a brand new pair. After calling around to a bunch of shops in Denver asking if they had any of last years models at a discount, Evo was the only one that said they might be able to help me out.
They ended up basically catfishing me with that phone call because once I get in with the bootfitter at the Evo store he tells me that they don't actually have any discounted old stock. At that point I just said fuck it and committed to getting a fresh $800 pair of Salomon S Pro 130's. They fit great in the store, and I told him I'm a super aggressive skier with some history in racing so I like a ridiculously stiff boot. He ensured that these were the boots for me. I voiced my concerns about them being too soft when I tried them on but once again, he ensured that they would stiffen right up when they got out in the cold and that they would feel totally different on skis.
The next day I take them out skiing for the first time. Right off the bat something feels wrong. They're even more soft than they were in the store once I get skis under me. I've had rental boots feel stiffer than these. At first I figured maybe it was just because they were new to me and I had to get used to them, but they never got any better, only worse if anything.
They were so soft that I figured something had to be wrong with them. It's to the point where I can overflex them to the point of relying on my ankle mobility for resistance. My ankles have never felt so compromised in a ski boot. When I try to engage a hard turn and put a lot of pressure into the boot it basically just folds over itself and bends in half.
So at this point, I'm convinced that something is wrong with them, they feel like a 90 flex boot instead of a 130. I drive my ass all the way back to Denver from Steamboat and miss a day of skiing so I can see what's going on. I tried to explain the situation to the bootfitter at Evo and he was kind of a dick and wouldn't believe me that anything was wrong with the boot. Like why would I drive 6 hours round trip and miss a whole day of my ski trip to lie about something being wrong with my brand new boots??? And since I had skied 2 days on them, they obviously were no longer eligible for a return. Another bootfitter gets involved and insists that I need booster straps and that booster straps will solve all my problems. As a long time customer of booster straps, I know they can help, but I knew they wouldn't solve a problem of extreme over-flexion like I was experiencing.
The guys at Evo sent me on my way and basically just told me I don't know what I'm talking about and there's nothing they can do to help me. I bought some booster straps and they didn't help at all, I'm still having the exact same issue. I now have beautiful $800 boots that I absolutely hate, and no money to get a different pair either.
Anyone else ever have something like this happen?
At least they look nice
**This thread was edited on Jan 15th 2020 at 7:12:59pm