Hoping somebody here can recommend one. Looking to get boots and probably new skis. I have an OLD pair of Nordica boots that are probably a size or so too big so I want to make sure and get it right this time. Big feet (13 US) and big calves. Would love to visit Harvey's guy upstate, but it just isn't going to happen before the season. Thinking about checking out Cury's. I've been in Ski Barn a few times and would never get anything other than rentals (for the kids) from them.
Awesome - thanks for the advice both of you. I just checked out their site and it looks legit. Any place that says call ahead, make an appointment, and plan on spending at least an hour in the store seems to have their priorities in line. Especially in this crazy go fast land that I live in. Its only about 20 minutes from my house. I'll be heading there sometime in the next couple weeks and will report back with results.
Just wanted to follow up and say thanks again for the recommendation. I went to Heino's last night and Greg spent close to an hour and a half with me. He talked me through the process and after measuring me and looking at my feet told me exactly what he thought he would be able to do and wouldn't be able to do based on my body. I am a big guy with odd shaped big feet, big calves, and skinny ankles which makes things difficult. By the end he had me in a very comfortable Nordica boot that just flexes a little too much. He wanted me to try on a Technica boot that is a little stiffer, but he didn't have it in stock. Rather than try to sell me on the Nordica he is ordering the Technica boot just so that I can try it on and be sure that I have the best boot possible. All in all a great experience.
I also ended up talking to another one of the guys who works there and he got me into the Atomic Crimson Ti ski. Greg and a few of the other people who work there ride the ski and they had a great deal on them.
So now I am set with new toys for the season. Just have to make the final decision on boots. Gregg also molded me for footbeds - the instaprint ones.
This is exactly the type of experience that makes me happy to support a local business rather than buy online or from a big box store. Wish all small business owners did customer service this well.
Good to know Aussie. The boots that were a good fit for me were Nordica Cruise 100. They are rated as advanced intermediate boots. They felt a little soft compared to the other boots I tried. I will go with these if the technicas don't feel right. The Nordicas were the first pair I tried and felt by far the best even with the softer flex. The flex numbers are so hard to compare b/c there really isn't an industry standard. After having those boots on for 20 minutes though they felt as good as when I first put them on. We got me into a size smaller than expected too so the boot will be nice and snug.
As a 200+ guy wondering what your thoughts are on ski length over in the other thread? I am torn between 172s and 178s.