Ask if it's possible to meet on line pricing. I know some of our local guys do this. I have no idea how high priced mountain shops are.
My tiny local hill has an ok-decent selection and in a pinch they really aren't overly raping someone.
Never hurts to ask.
Maybe someone can recommend a decent shop near where you will be riding that you could name drop and get a deal.
*** sorry not looking to call someone out here *** but BA did mention in a past post to go to a certain shop, ask for a salesperson by name and tell them BA sent them. I think that was awesome and I don't recall the out come but I'm sure it was positive.
Just a few possibilities, sorry but how can he afford a CO trip but not new boots? I know how tight money can get. I have been helped by others so not trying to throw stones by an means !!!
-I'm Slyder and I suffer from "Gummer Syndrome"