After years of ski misery, I had just about given up on downhill skiing.
I love to ski, don’t get me wrong. What I don’t love is the pain I’ve had to endure with my ski boots. I had a pair of boots that were too loose and my feet froze in them. My last pair were too tight and I thought I would lose my foot to lack of circulation. After a couple of ski runs, my foot would go numb, then it would get cold. By the time I took my boot off, I literally wanted to curse the heavens. The pain was unbearable as the numbness slowly wore off.
Whoever taught the guys in the ski shop how to do a boot fitting must have been a real sadist. My past experience went something like this:
No matter how many times I try to convince the now exasperated boot fitter I need another size, he is not convinced. Call me stupid, but I finally settle on a pair that feel the most comfortable in the size too small and writhe in paid over the next four years of skiing, trying to make the darn thingsstretch out.
I have finally found the only ski boots that I’ve ever loved.
I knew the only brand of ski boots made in the U.S.A was made in Utah, my home state. What I didn’t know but discovered is that DALE BOOTS isn’t just any ski boot. Their boots are custom made specifically for each foot. That means you don’t walk into the store and walk out the same day with a pair of new boots. It also means for someone like me who has a foot a half size bigger than the other, that I can get one pair of boots that will fit both feet.
I recently had a chance to experience the process of purchasing a pair of Dale ski boots. I set an appointment for foot measurement. At my first appointment, the knowledgeable (note: not clueless) boot fitter (KNB) measured not just my foot but my calf as well. The boot fitter recommended the best boot for my foot and calf type. The boot would have to be constructed to fit my foot and I would have to return when it was finished which took about a week. The next appointment was for my actual boot fitting in which the liner would be fitted and molded to my foot. This process took about an hour and a half. The KNB placed the liners on my feet and added some pieces that would give me some spacing in my boots so they wouldn’t rub. Then those liners were heated and I had to put them on and get into the actual boot. The next ten minutes was the worst as I had to stand in a skiing stance, while the liners molded to my foot in the tightest setting possible. Ouch! I have to admit it was uncomfortable but worth it.
With my past bad experiences with poorly fit ski boots, I have to admit, I didn’t care how much a custom pair boots cost. I expected Dale Boots to cost over $1000. I was pleasantly surprised to find out they would cost less. The final price of $795.00 might be more expensive than some ski boots but for a custom fit boot, I think the price is more than fair and definitely worth it.
What I love about my Dale Boots.
- Easy to get into and buckle.
- Keep my feet warm.
- Fits perfect.
- Even on first use, my feet didn’t get numb.
- Can get additional adjustments after trying them on the slopes.
- Great customer service.
- Can get replacement buckles if they break.
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Adjustable buckles
**No compensation or product received for post. Not a sponsored review.