Gabriel is a veteran boot tester, bootfitter/technician/salesperson at Gravity Sports at Mt. Bachelor Bend, Oregon with over 20 years ski industry experience. He is a snowboard and alpine bootfitting instructor at Masterfit University. He has a background in competitive hockey and splits his time between skis and a snowboard, depending on conditions. One of our favorite photo subjects at boot test, he flies high and far. Gabriel is also an avid fly fisher and steelhead bum.
Rossignol boots. K2, Volkl, Rossi, skis. Look pivot bindings
Well at this years test during a photo shoot. We were skiing groomers and I somehow managed to carve a turn so hard that I over flexed my skis and double ejected into a full forward flip. I’ve never done that on a groomer before and sorry no pics, but I did get a great cheer and a standing ovation. Wish there were some pics of that.
Wolf. “ I’m a loner Dottie, a rebel.” Pee wee Herman
Scot Schmidt/Mark Elling. They may be the same person. Or clones.
Try on as many boots as you can. You will eventually find the one. Bootfitters want to limit you to three choices. If they are good they will nail it on the first or second choice. That doesn’t mean you can’t try more. Get a custom footbed. Don’t buy boots on recommendation from anyone, without trying them on. No matter how good a skier they are, they don’t have your foot.