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Boot problem
« on: July 13, 2008, 02:24:53 pm »
I have a problem i thought i'd present, and see if i might get some advice: I was in Park City last winter, and couldn't find a pair of boot that didn't hurt; i changed boots a number of times without success.  With my trip in jepardy, the guy in the rental shop suggested i go across the street to the Surefoot shop, which i did.  I ended up buying a pair of boots the second to the last day of a 5 day trip; I spent in the neighborhood of 1200 bucks, and pain switched from my right to my left ankle (The pain was right at the proximal end of my metarsal bones if i remember correctly).  Long story short, i left Park City still having problems.  I was hoping to attend the Feb. Solvista camp, but noticed that there isn't a Surefoot dealer there, and since getting the boot right is included in the initial cost i was hoping to do it through them.  Does anyone know if they have a boot specialist at Solvista, and what is the typical cost of working the inside of a boot to get it comfortable?  Thanks, stuart

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Re: Boot problem
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008, 08:36:59 pm »

I am not at all a fan of SureFeet, and it is because my son had almost the exact same experience with his boots.? Visited SureFeet several times, progressed from simple foot beds to expensive footbeds, never really got a good fit.? He solved the problem by changing to snowboarding.? I think the boot he was in was probably too narrow for his foot, but never heard anyone else say that.? The Harb instructors are all excellent boot fitters, with primary focus on alignment and then getting the boot to fit the foot well (assuming that the boot is appropriate for your feet).? I'm hoping Lynn will chime in here, because they had to do a LOT of work on her boots (in fact, I think they wound up keeping them after the camp to make one final adjustment and then shipped them to her.

If you decide to do the camp, make sure you tell them on your application of the problems you are having and I am pretty sure that they will either prioritize you to do your work the first day or, better yet, see if you can stop by their shop the day before the camp so that they have all of their equipment there.

For future reference, Rule #1 is "know your bootfitter" but Rule #2 is probably spend lots of time in the shop and keep the boots you are about to buy on for at least an hour to really see how they feel.
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Re: Boot problem
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 09:25:24 am »
the folks at Harb systems usually ask what your current equipment is. And may send feedback on whether they are reasonable choices for improving ski skills.
I was interested in new boots when I signed up for the first camp. Diana let me know that was good since the current boots (langes) would hold me back.
You might ask if they can work on your relatively new boots to make them compatible with using modern ski skills. Be prepared to spend another couple fo hundred bucks. Foot beds, canting etc. all add up. They spend a lot of time on doing these fittings and it ends up being worth it, though can be quite a process.
Sounds like we will meet at Solvista!!
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Re: Boot problem
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2008, 05:37:26 pm »
I have been having problems with my computer, and wasn't able to access this forum until now, but sure appreciate the suggestions. 
Thanks, stuart