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Head boots - what's the difference between a 26.0 and a 26.5 size?

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Obvious answer (0.5) out of the way first, to save anyone bothering...:)

 

I'm looking at getting some new Head Raptor boots. I know that the shells themselves only move up in increments of 1cm, but you can get half sizes (26.0, 26.5), depending on what liner is used. BUT, I've heard that in fact not only is the shell the same, but the liner is too, and the only difference between the half sizes is that the 'smaller' size simply has a thicker footbed to take up volume. Does anyone know the truth of this? Is there really no difference between liners in the half sizes? It's very hard to find an 'official' answer to this.

post #2 of 9

Same shell, different thickness liners in brands I know. Can't say about footbed, may differ among companies. 

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Is Head one of the brands you know? I would have expected there to be a difference in thickness of liners, which is why I was surprised to hear about the footbed thickness being the only difference.

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Originally Posted by J2R View Post

Obvious answer (0.5) out of the way first, to save anyone bothering...:)

 

I'm looking at getting some new Head Raptor boots. I know that the shells themselves only move up in increments of 1cm, but you can get half sizes (26.0, 26.5), depending on what liner is used. BUT, I've heard that in fact not only is the shell the same, but the liner is too, and the only difference between the half sizes is that the 'smaller' size simply has a thicker footbed to take up volume. Does anyone know the truth of this? Is there really no difference between liners in the half sizes? It's very hard to find an 'official' answer to this.


Well, I ordered HEAD Raptor LTD boots in 27.5, and discovered the shell for that is 26-27.5... and it came with a "270" liner.  The box clearly said, however, that the boots were "27.5"  So maybe there is something to what you are saying.  I actually lucked out because the smaller shell works great for my foot (gave me a "performance" shell fit)....

 

When you say thicker footbed are you talking about the bootboard (the piece below the liner sitting on base of shell)??  The stock footbeds (the piece inside the liner) are usually cheap, thin, and taken out by people anyway and replaced.

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No difference.  Look inside the boot there will be a size range. My Raptor 150RD say 26-26.5 in the shell.  The liner is the only difference.

 

Correction:  Took a look again.  Lower shell has 260 embossed, but upper shell/cuff has 260/275 embossed.

 

My old Worldcup Head boots were like I stated above...not the Raptor.

 

Funny thing I just realized, the Raptor boots are now called B2 and B3 for the former 150 and 130RD respectively, inside my boots is a designation of B2, even though it predates the newest Raptor B2 boots by 3 seasons.

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When you say thicker footbed are you talking about the bootboard (the piece below the liner sitting on base of shell)??  The stock footbeds (the piece inside the liner) are usually cheap, thin, and taken out by people anyway and replaced.



That's a question I'm trying to get an answer to myself. I believe it is the stock footbeds which vary - and yes, they are often replaced anyway (certainly are by me).

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There difference in half sizes is one has the liner sewn shorter.  Padding etc is identical.  Conventional wisdom is to get the smaller size and stretch the liner out for a glove fit.  To my knowledge all boots work this way.  That is why many shops dont bother carrying half sizes.  If you put in "Ask the Boot Guys" they will know for sure, but I am pretty sure this is correct.

 

If you need narrower go the RD instead of the RS...it is 2 or 3mm narrower.
 

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

Funny thing I just realized, the Raptor boots are now called B2 and B3 for the former 150 and 130RD respectively, inside my boots is a designation of B2, even though it predates the newest Raptor B2 boots by 3 seasons.



B1, B2, B3 refers to the type of plastic used.  To make the boots "new" without actually changing them, Head just put the internal stamp as a new external graphic.

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There might be some truth to this (to add to my previous post)... I checked my stock footbeds: the footbeds say 27.5, the liner says 270.  This is for a 2010 Head Raptor.

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well……I've got a new pair of head in 23 cm, the shells are 23.0-23.5, also the liners says 23.0-23.5, but I don't know how can I see the footbed's size……but they are really 23 cm, since I have another 23.5 boots, they are too big for my feet, but this pair fit well.rolleyes.gif

 

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