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The Oban Times - - NEWS - ... SI­MON PIT­MAN

WHERE to buy ski equip­ment is a ques­tion you get asked a lot in a ski shop.

Many cus­tomers have heard of tempt­ing deals and bar­gains to be found in small re­sorts, and the idea that if your boots are un­com­fort­able you can go back to the shop the very same evening and have them ad­justed is of­ten too good to refuse.

Nat­u­rally, man­ag­ing El­lis Brigham, I would want cus­tomers to buy at home, but I do believe there are some key points for why it is bet­ter.

First, af­ter­care. Af­ter­care is very im­por­tant in a prod­uct you are go­ing to use year on year.

When buy­ing boots on hol­i­day you may get that sup­port for the week you are there, but un­less you re­turn to the same re­sort you will not have it on con­sec­u­tive trips.

Fit­ting boots here, we know that if they didn’t feel good first time, you will come back un­til they are right. Also, liv­ing in Lochaber, where even if the snow is not fall­ing, you can still use in­door or dry slopes, you can test your new boots out be­fore go­ing abroad.

And, fi­nally, see­ing as a good boot fit­ting should also take around two hours. I’d rather spend my hol­i­day time on hol­i­day, not in a shop. Si­mon Pit­man is man­ager of the El­lis Brigham shop in Fort Wil­liam.

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