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A Very Deep Dive on Bootfitting, Pt. 4: Big-Mountain Freeride Bootfitting with Fasa

Ep. 221

For the fourth installment of our Very Deep Dive on Bootfitting, we talked with Jake "Fasa" Nelson, who not only works at the Moment Ski Factory, but also happens to run one of the best bootfitting shops in the Reno area. Fasa runs us through what a “big-mountain freeride” approach to bootfitting looks like; how his background in running informs his understanding of feet and biomechanics, how to work with the unique preferences of athletes (and some of the insanity that athletes can tolerate); what it means to be a “tour guide” rather than a bootfitter; and much more.

TOPICS AND TIMES 

  • Self-taught bootfitting & mentorship (1:59)
  • Moment Factory Showroom & Store (4:58)
  • Big-mountain freeride approach to bootfitting (8:18)
  • Suspension and shock absorption in the system (14:03)
  • Running vs. skiing (20:13)
  • Feet are adaptive and can be trained (24:27)
  • Custom Insoles (32:11)
  • Fitting preferences for athletes (38:42)
  • Circulation & gauging tolerance (45:42)
  • Touring or 50/50 boots (53:06)
  • Bootfitting is subjective (1:00:47)
  • A tour guide, not a bootfitter (1:06:12)

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