There are good bootfitters in Ireland
You need to be honest with yourself and the fitter.
Dont liste to bad advice there is lots of it when ti comes to boots.
Last of the boot in realtion to your foot
What your experience and expectations are
What type of sking will you be doing
1. DON’T LISTEN TO YOUR FRIENDS
Boots not only have to match your ability, they must match with your foot and leg shape. That means your mates reccomendation could be the worst thing in your life and make you want to kill yourself rather than put them back on. Obviously living in Ireland getting a chance to try and buy is difficult so use a store with good boot fitters or with a satisfaction or money back garuntee
As a Salomon rep I always reccomend the following.
"Oh you are an advanced skier doing a bit of everything well what you want is somthing along the lines of the Impact 10 or equivelant. It may not be the right boot for you but the charateristics in terms of Flex and performance are what you will be looking for in what ever boot is a best for for you."
2. TAKE YOUR TIME—LOT’S OF IT
Buying ski boots is a time-consuming process that too many people rush through. Give yourself a good 2-3 hours minimum on the day you are going to buy them and bring a paper or somthing to read while you are going throught the process.When you have found a boot you and the boot fitter think is right spend 20 min just walking around in it and flexing it before any customisation or a decision to buy takes place.
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4. SHOP WHEN NOBODY’S AROUNDTry different models and different sizes of the same model on your left and right feet. Keep the “winner” on and pit it against the next boot. Remember, though, your feet are probably not identical and may vary in size so when you find “winners,” try on both boots. Ask lots of questions and give the fitter plenty of information and feedback to work with.
5. TOO BIG IS A BIG PROBLEMFor the best boot fit service, visit shops midweek or at off-hours. Less customers means more personal face on face time with your fitter. Feet can swell up to a half-size during skiing so size to fit them at their largest. For the best fit, shop in the afternoon or evening or walk around the for 20-20 minutes to make sure your feet are at their largest before you try.Ask lots of questions and give the fitter plenty of information and feedback to work with
6. SHELL FIT IS PARAMOUNTMany people buy or are fit too big. A good fitting boot feels tight out of the box and may remain very snug during the first few days of skiing. This is normal and the liner will pack down after a few days on the snow to get that perfect fit. This does not mean that you should not be able to feel your toes for the first few runs but there may be some slight pressure points on the boot.
To tight is better than to big and to have your feet swimming around as this will increase the chances of serious injuries especially breaks
It is realitivley easy to shim, trim or stretch boots but this type of shell work is best kept to a minimum unless the boot has a shell designed to be streched.
A good way to check the shell fit, remove the liner and put your foot in the shell. Slide your foot forward until your big toe touches the front. A finger to a finger-and-a-half of space between your heel and the shell will give you a good snug fit when the liner is reinserted, assuming no other parts of your foot are touching the shell. Any decent boot fitter should do this before anything else.
If you feel the shell touching your feet anywhere else during this process let the bootfitter know as this may cause problems later.
7. BEWARE OF SHORTLASTED LINERS
If a boot has a good shell fit but feels unusually tight with the liner reinserted, have your boot tech check for a “short lasted” liner. Manufacturers spec a small gap between the toe of the liner and the shell to ensure liner toe boxes don’t become crumpled when they’re inserted into the shell at the factory. Sometimes, though, liners can be faulty and slightly shorter than they should be.
Footbeds are the icing on the cake and will probably be recommended by every boot tech. Spend the extra cash and get them you will thank me for this advice
8. THE CUFF IS IMPORTANT
Boots have high cuffs as it is essential for controlling your skis. You’ll ski better in a boot that contours snugly along your lower leg. The cuff should wrap snugly with your buckle bails set somewhere near the beginning to middle of the catch ladders. If you need to put your buckles on the last catch the boots are not right. Alwasy around the midle of the catch ladders
Most buckles have macro and micro adjustments to help get a better fit around the fore foot The Cuff Angle (Canting) Is set at what the manafacturers consider to be the average. Sadly no one person is average and canting from time to time will require tweaking to garuntee a better interface between ski and boot
9. BEWARE OF MARKED SIZES
Size is only as a guideline. The sole length and inner cavities of supposedly similarly sized models can vary significantly. Liner styles, constructions and materials used can affect fit for the same manafacturer on diffrent
10. Be Honest and give feedback
You are the most important part in bootfitting be honest with the fitter and it will work out better for you . Saying you are an advanced skier after 3 weeks on skis will make you life a hell as you will end up with the wrong boots. If it hurts tell the fitter. If it is to loose tell the fitter. They are not the ones that will have to live with the boots.