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Old December 12th, 2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default are these counterfeit or legit Bont Zs?

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I am interested in buying these used "Bont Z's" but they dont look exactly like the stock Zs on the Bont website. Anyone have any idea if they are real? thanks

https://ibb.co/HN3VP1S
https://ibb.co/qMdYpQp
https://ibb.co/RHN7r9p
https://ibb.co/F4Jzt1J

Bont site
https://bont.com/products/z-inline-skate-boot

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Old December 13th, 2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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The images you post look to me like "real Bont" semi-custom boots. Bont offers the ability to combine "stock, off the shelf" components into personalized boots. You can have the bottom strap "labeled" as your photos show. I did just this for my boots. You end up with a "stock" boot in personal colors.

You can also have Bont build a set of highly tailored, highly personalized boots from 'stock' parts. They can make one boot a size 42 narrow and the other a 43 wide if your feet need it.


I would ask the seller if both boots are same size/width.
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Old December 14th, 2019, 04:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Seller says he bought them two years ago from a guy who bought them semi custom from Bont. They dont fit him or the original guy apparently as they look brand new.

Do you know if Bont has made any major mods to the Zs in the last few years? May take a chance if I can get them at a good price.
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Old December 14th, 2019, 03:58 PM   #4
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I do not know if Bont has made any changes to the Z recently. A friend has stock Z and they seem to be a very decent boot.

Please bear in mind... no matter how low the cost, a boot is a crappy value if it does not fit. Can you try on the boots before buying? If no one has told you yet, Bont sizes run different from standard sizing.

Here is a suggestion that might help you figure out if the boots are close to your feet. I'm guessing that the seller has told you accurate Bont size/width.

Bont sales website has a sizing wizard that is VERY helpful in figuring out your foot shape and what Bont size/width is appropriate for your feet. You trace feet and measure. Then input measurements into the calculator. It tells what size/width is recommended. I'd tweak the input a few mm back and forth to see how close to a transition point you are.
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Old December 14th, 2019, 07:20 PM   #5
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Completely agree. I actually skate on a pair of Bont Pursuits that are in the same size so I think I should be ok. One thing that is strange is that all the stock boots Ive seen online have a shiny leatherette look to them while these are more matted looking like a suede. Other than that they look very legit
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