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Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

I'm a beginner in Skiing and I fell in love with the sport the first time I tried it! I am thinking about getting my own ski boots/helmet/pants and maybe boards, but the price in Zurich is a bit high. I am thinking about going to Konstanz or other places to buy them, and I just want to know if it will be a lot cheaper there. I also heard that it's important to get a pair of good boots, so is it necessary for a beginner like me to spend like 500 chf or more for a fitting? I am a student so I am a bit tight in budget, but I think it will still be a lot cheaper than renting them every time.......


So I am sure there are a lot of experts here...any suggestions??
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

You can also find real good 2nd hand deals. People hate it after they bought the gear, moving , etc etc

This is not the time to buy as in Summer time the prices drop dramatically.

You can get deals also at outlets .
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a pro. Unless you are one of those very lucky people that has feet that fit perfectly into a ski boot with no pain, then you should go to a decent fitter. Getting the wrong size and fit of ski boots is an expensive mistake to make.
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

Go somewhere like Ochsnersport when they are not busy. The assistants are paid to help you and should be knowledgeable.
Try them all on; these days you only need one pair of thick socks which the store will lend you for fitting. The newer boots are much more comfortable than the older types and easier to fasten.
You are under no obligation to buy
but if you do find a good pair on special offer.....
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

First off, I'd suggest that you consider holding off on your purchase for a while. I've had many learners who've bought boots that really weren't suitable for them and that have seriously hampered their learning.

The main issue I've seen is where the learner isn't able to flex the boots forward, which may be caused by then being too stiff or a poor fit such that the ankles aren't held back in the boot properly.

Once you've skied for a while you'll start to develop a feel for what's right, and quite likely would have different needs, like Stoer and so your first pair may have a short lifespan. So if you can find some cheap second hand ones that seem to be OK then go for it, otherwise you may be making a costly mistake.
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

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Go somewhere like Ochsnersport when they are not busy. The assistants are paid to help you and should be knowledgeable.
Try them all on; these days you only need one pair of thick socks which the store will lend you for fitting. The newer boots are much more comfortable than the older types and easier to fasten.
You are under no obligation to buy
but if you do find a good pair on special offer.....
I only ski in thin socks, my boots fit well as they were foam injected. Cost in France 4 years ago was 754 euro.
Interestingly the boot fitter measures your foot & then selects the boot that's suitable for your foot, rather than just trying on boots at random. I did buy boots once in Ochnersport in the sale. I ended up not using them after 1 week as they were unsuitable, boot fitting is a very specialist job.
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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

What are your goals for this pair of boots? How much do you expect to ski?

As Ace says it is very easy as a beginner to buy boots which don't fit well at all. I would certainly not trust a random salesperson an Ochsnersport or similar to help you avoid this.

I would either go inexpensive - used, half price sale, maybe a season rental - and only expect it to last a season or so, or go to a good boot fitter at a resort. You probably won't find discounted stuff this way, but you might not pay much more than list, and the odds of the boots lasting go up.
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these days you only need one pair of thick socks
…. Thin ski socks!!
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…. Thin ski socks!!
Not for a beginner. Close fitting boots with ultra-thin socks are for those who need to maximise their ski control and iron out even the tiniest unwanted movement between foot and ski. So, racers and those who can't hold themselves in a good skiing position.

For beginners some level of sloppiness is not only acceptable, but positively desirable, hence my advice not to buy boots until you're beyond that point.

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maybe a season rental
Yes, this is generally the best solution, as you'll be able to swap if they're not quite right and/or you develop and need something different.
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I only ski in thin socks, my boots fit well as they were foam injected. Cost in France 4 years ago was 754 euro.
Interestingly the boot fitter measures your foot & then selects the boot that's suitable for your foot, rather than just trying on boots at random. I did buy boots once in Ochnersport in the sale. I ended up not using them after 1 week as they were unsuitable, boot fitting is a very specialist job.
Hey, leave off Ochsnersport. Back in the 80's they were struggling in the upper end of the market. Now they are doing well in the mass market.
Bit like Zürich in general?
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I only ski in thin socks...


In Ticino we ski without socks. Or boots.


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Re: Will it be better to buy Ski boots in Germany?

Thanks for all your input! I guess I will rent the stuff for a season and see how far I can go in this sport before buying anything expansive! I guess now I will need to search for a thread about season rental haha
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