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19-01-2018, 12:35   #76
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I'm heading over to the 3 valleys at the end of February and think I'll buy my boots this time. I live in Limerick and won't be able to buy from S+R in Dundrum as even if I did, I wouldn't be able to go back to them easily looking for tweaks.

Any ideas of a ball park price for a good set of boots?

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19-01-2018, 12:59   #77
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Mine we’re about 400 with the custom foodbed but got money off to make them that price.
I wouldn’t buy off the rack if that’s what you’re planning? If buying over there, try to get a recommendation for a fitter but be aware, they’ll be painful for a while if fitted, even if they’re a great fit there’s still some breaking in to do.

Ye could go to Hubert in S&R some Sunday. 3 of us got fitted and none of us had to go back so ye’ll probably be grand. Will need to break them in though
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Just FYI, you have to book if you want to go to Snow & Rock for a boot fitting.
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Just FYI, you have to book if you want to go to Snow & Rock for a boot fitting.
My wife got a pair at the weekend in there. Really good service and spent ages with her.
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11-02-2018, 18:35   #80
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Anyone got a metatarsal arch (the traverse arch in forefoot ie under ball of foot) support in a ski boot before?

My cousin needs one. Got a great fitting in S&R dundrum, I only noticed his dropped arch after this, while on our ski trip.

Boots and fit were good, but think this will help.

Don't know if such product exists. He is going to ask his podiatrist, she is also a skier.
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11-02-2018, 21:33   #81
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Anyone got a metatarsal arch (the traverse arch in forefoot ie under ball of foot) support in a ski boot before?

My cousin needs one. Got a great fitting in S&R dundrum, I only noticed his dropped arch after this, while on our ski trip.

Boots and fit were good, but think this will help.

Don't know if such product exists. He is going to ask his podiatrist, she is also a skier.
Not sure but s&r do a custom mould liner which is fantastic. I use arch supports if I’m wearing non supportive or very flat footwear. The custom ones are excellent so might do the trick for individual issues.
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11-12-2018, 22:14   #82
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Can somebody explain what is a footbed in a ski boot? Do they come in a new boot anyway or are they an extra bit you put in like an insole in your shoe.
If they are an extra item, what are they for?
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they are an insole. some boots come with them some don't, well worth getting a pair when getting boots, they fill all the extra space in the boot resulting in an even better fit
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15-12-2018, 11:30   #84
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Thanks for that. The boots I have are a fairly good fit anyway. The Salomon ones that are heat-moulded around your foot. The boot fitter gave me a size that fitted my heel properly, then stretched the front part wide enough to fit my caveman foot. Only a small bit at a time though, 3 days in a row, so they are not too big. The opposite of what I normally have to do when buying shoes.
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17-12-2018, 08:07   #85
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Hi,

why do professional ski racers have what looks to be power strap loose on boot in race?

Read one internet article that said a tight done power strap actually stops ankle flexion. Complicated anatomy reasons, looked like a properly scholarly one.

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https://skimoves.me/2015/02/13/the-s...-power-straps/

Should you use strap to get into boot then loose it??

Seem strange to me, might try and see, and would be contradicted by use of strong elastic band used by many racers.

No anything like a pro myself, but if ankle bend reduced would be bad.

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Snow and Rock still the go to place for ski boots. Have problems most years with rental boots, usually too tight on my bigger foot in terms of width and the foot ends up numb. Last year I would say I actually damaged the nerve in my foot as it took 4 months for the vague pins/needles to go out of the outside of my foot from the boot(tried going back to the ski rental place 3 times but no success in fixing the problem.)
Would like to buy at this stage but just paranoid I'll end up with the same problems.
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I don’t think there are many better alternatives in Ireland. I had boots and moulded insoles fitted there 3 years ago and it’s the best thing I’ve done. Boots are perfect fit for me and all day comfort.
They give a guarantee that they’ll tweak them if not correct etc. Trouble is in Ireland that you’ve got to go on holiday to try them so it’s potentially a week of ill fitting boots until you can tweak them again. I suppose if you buy them at a resort you can try them for a few hours and have them altered on the spot if you have a problem.
Snow and rock worked out really well for me and I love my boots. (use a powerstrap them now too).
The cant on one of mine could probably do with some fine tuning but haven’t gotten round to that yet.
I bought my skis on resort last year though which I would recommend as I tested about 5 pairs over 3/4 days. Good luck with your boots!
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Quick question lest someone knows the answer.

I am hiring for a ski holiday this year (Portes du Soleil) as are my family. From bitter experience for one family member years ago we do place a big premium on comfortable shoes. Obviously when hiring all you are offered is beginner / intermediate / advanced with the price going up as the standard goes up. But does that mean the beginner boots are basic, the intermediates better and the advanced best? I appreciate the type of skis you give to each standard must vary but can you get, say, beginner skis on advanced boots or does it work like that? Happy to pay extra for comfortable boots basically without then getting the wrong skis....
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I’m not sure if everywhere is the same but I think the boots are pretty much the same it’s the ski that changes. As in you get a lighter, softer, shorter ski in beginners package etc While renting I never got advanced boots as only hired skis but I haven’t seen anyone get a choice of boots whereas you do get a choice of skis. Think the boots are generally of decent quality particularly the bigger stores like intersport but a guy working in one told me the boots are good but the liner is a cheaper version for rental boots and that makes a huge difference.
Everyone has different shaped feet so it’s going to be hard to get a well fitted boot by renting as they’ll be bent out of shape from everyone else’s feet.
I only noticed how much better skiing was when I had my own. It used the wreck my head choosing skis and worrying about crappy boots. If you like skiing I’d def recommend buying some as your feet won’t grow. Hope u have a good trip!
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I’m not sure if everywhere is the same but I think the boots are pretty much the same it’s the ski that changes. As in you get a lighter, softer, shorter ski in beginners package etc While renting I never got advanced boots as only hired skis but I haven’t seen anyone get a choice of boots whereas you do get a choice of skis. Think the boots are generally of decent quality particularly the bigger stores like intersport but a guy working in one told me the boots are good but the liner is a cheaper version for rental boots and that makes a huge difference.
Everyone has different shaped feet so it’s going to be hard to get a well fitted boot by renting as they’ll be bent out of shape from everyone else’s feet.
I only noticed how much better skiing was when I had my own. It used the wreck my head choosing skis and worrying about crappy boots. If you like skiing I’d def recommend buying some as your feet won’t grow. Hope u have a good trip!
Many thanks. If this trip goes well and it looks like being an annual / bi-annual event then I agree it will be time to buy boots.
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