Originally Posted by Spyrothedragon9
It seems that I'll be going to Tommy and Lefebvre and trying everything out, while keeping an open mind. Any products or brands that you would recommend?
I'm in Ottawa as well. T & L is very heavy Burton, to say the least. There may be one, possibly two models from each of the other major companies. I know that I've gone in, for years, hoping to find something on my wish list, but nada. And I'm not talking smaller brands, I've talking Salomon boots, Rome bindings, etc. And only go to the flagship store on Bank St. as the staff at the suburban stores don't know anything, but will feed you BS until you buy. My advice is to do your research before you go to T&L because....well, let's just say that I always overhear "outright untruths" while I'm thumbing thru their racks. "all Burton coats are goretex", "Never summer is a European company" "Burton Motos are some of the stiffest boots you can buy", etc.
Do yourself a favor and drop into Surf Side on Carling, out by Lincoln Fields. Small store, niche market, knowledgeable staff. Never Summer, Lib Tech, Arbor, etc. No Burton, they can't afford to have the big B take over their limited floor space.