BOOT FITTING SERVICES
We take great pride in our Boot Fitting here at Buckeye. We've invested heavily in equipment and training to offer our customers the best experience on the hill- and proper fitting boots is a major element in making that happen. Whether you are a beginner skier buying your first pair of boots or a competitive racer looking for a performance edge we can accommodate your needs. The great thing about our system is that its goal is making boots more comfortable and more fun for not only the Level 3 skier but also the weekend intermediate enthusiast.
Our advanced boot fitting process is a three-step system in building toward combining the best performance and comfort combination available in ski boots today. For most people, just going through step one or step two will enhance your experience and comfort better than you can imagine. But, if you want to, we can take it all the way through to give you the most customized boot fit available in North America.
STEP 1- ACTIVE FOOTBED:
We preach keeping the foot active within the boot. Therefore, you need a footbed that will react to the movements of your foot. We are no longer "locking" your foot in-place with a posted or hard footbed- We are filling in the excess space with a softer, more comfortable footbed that reacts and rebounds energy that is given to it by the foot inside the boot. Even today, there are hundreds of shops still using the posted footbed that was developed in the 1980's. While locking your foot in place does give you arch support, it hurts your overall balance and comfort. That loss of balance does not allow the foot to make the lateral and side-to-side movements that are required to turn the newer technology shaped skis!
STEP 2- SHELL CUSTOMIZATION:
While our first priority is getting the customer into the appropriate shell, quite often people have feet that are not perfectly lined with the rigid, generic shell that the ski boot manufacturers produce. If you have a low ankle or odd bulges in you foot you are no longer out-of-luck! We can heat up and customize the shell to fit your foot. Furthermore, with the enhancements in shaped skis, boots have been slow to adjust to the new flex patterns that are required to make the skis work the way that they should.
Quite often opening up the inside of the ankle of the shell will allow for more freedom to flex the boot and drive the boot into a turn easier. It makes skiing easier and we're not putting you into an uncomfortable boot that is too small!
STEP 3- BOOT PLANING:
We are the only ski shop in Ohio offering this service! Ever wonder why you can make right turns better than left turns or why you can't seem to get that right ski on edge? Sometimes that degree is merely an imperfection in the sole of the boot and is never noticed. Boot Planing is removing material from the sole of the boot to make the skier balanced on the snow. The cheaters way of doing this is adding shims underneath your foot in the boot, but that alters the fit of your foot inside the boot. It also angles your foot differently within the shell making so that you can't flex properly in all directions. Boot Planing does not alter the fit of the boot at all and provides concrete and precise results-
Come in and get your alignment checked today (checking alignment is a Free Service)- we welcome you even if you have older boots. We can test your balance on the ski with the alignment device (pictured here). We have 8 Certified advanced boot fitters on-staff and for the best service call and make an appointment in advance. Appointments are available Monday through Friday.
We also welcome boots be shipped to our facility for boot planing.
Combining these three steps will give you the best on-hill experience for performance and comfort. It probably actually helps the novice skier more than the veteran who has learned to compensate on the hill for his imperfections. These practices are preached at all of our stores, but the tools and machinery are located at our Headquarters on State Rd.
|Boot Assessment ||FREE |
|Boot Stretch / Custom Shell Shape ||$20 & Up Per boot |
|Custom Foot Bed ||$150 |
|Preformed Foot Bed ||$39.95-$49.95 |
|Boot Planing ||$79-$89 / boot |
|BOOSTER Straps/ Tongue Eliminators ||Available |
|Hotronic/Thermic Boot Heater Install ||$20 |
Other boot fit parts & services available.