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Topic - Where to go for B3 Boot advice?

paul walters - on 01 Apr 2013
In preparation for Mont Blanc in August 2013, in October last year I bought some La Sportiva Trango Extreme EVO Lt GTX boots from Up and Under in Cardiff. I had my feet measured there, and spent around 4 hours over 2 visits taking advice, and trying on different boots for fit. Since then, and despite my best intentions, I haven't managed to wear them (even around the house) to break them in. They're still in the box, unworn except for the once in the shop.

Yesterday I was in Betws Y Coed, and called into Cotswold Outdoor. I hadn't intended on talking boots, but got drawn into conversation with their boot specialist, and was pursuaded to bring my boots in from the car. Cotswold Bloke then spent the next 20 minutes re-measuring my feet, telling me I'd been sold the wrong size boots, and advising me to "think very seriously" before using them outdoors as they would be painful (and possibly damaging) to wear, and that I should really be seeking a replacement from U&U

Had I not gone into CO, I'd have happily worn them on the snow and ice on the tops over the weekend, and been blissfully ignorant of any potential problem they might cause later on Mont Blanc.

Now I can't decide what to do. The bloody things cost me nigh on 300, haven't been worn at all since I bought them, are now 6 months old, and the likelihood of getting them refunded or replaced is very slim I fear.

I could sell them on here, but I'd lose a chunk of the money... and I can't keep taking financial hits on the basis of "gaining experience".

Any ideas anyone ? Would a 3rd opinion help? where could I get one? I live in east Devon, and to be honest, apart from the Exeter branch of Go Outdoors, and Cotswolds, there's bu99er all in the way of expertise down this way...... in short...... help?

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