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7mm shell fit - am I mad?

post #1 of 15
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Trying to decide between 2 sizes of boot (Head Raptor 125). The 26-26.5 shell gives me at most 7mm behind the heel, which I am assured is within the right range for a good snug, performance fit. I had them on my feet in the shop for about 10 minutes yesterday, by the end of which the feeling of extraordinary tightness had eased enough on the left foot for me to imagine possibly skiing in the boot. The right foot, however, was going numb and I could definitely feel some pressure points which would be likely to be problematic. The guy in the shop can blow out and/or grind any problem areas which I can identify while I'm there, but then I'll be skiing a couple of thousand miles away in a resort in Bulgaria which AFAIK does not have anybody with bootfitting skills. Is a boot of this snugness asking for trouble without the possibility of end of skiing day adjustments?

post #2 of 15

maybe,  but if you really need other boots just rent on your holiday?   7mm is fine,   go for it as long as both you and the boot fitter are filling to work with this.

 

Remember that this is NEVER going to be a fuzzy bunny slipper, and is fit this way for your own high performance skiing.  (not walking around, going for coffee, having Bfast in, etc)

post #3 of 15
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Won't be able to rent narrow boots where I'm going (was very lucky to on last trip), so that's not really a possibility. My trouble is that I will not have a bootfitter to work with in the resort, so I have to sort things before I go.

post #4 of 15

that is a pretty neat fit, but as Dave has alluded to, if the foot shape fits the shell shape then it is perfectly doable, the liner in the raptor is pretty short as well, what does your foot measure in uk or mondopoint size.

 

if you are skiing a lot and skiing hard, it should be good, if you are looking for a more comfort orientated fit then look at a slightly longer shell, the lange RX pro or standard RS boot is 3mm longer in the same size and other boots outh there are similar

post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by CEM View Post

that is a pretty neat fit, but as Dave has alluded to, if the foot shape fits the shell shape then it is perfectly doable, the liner in the raptor is pretty short as well, what does your foot measure in uk or mondopoint size.

 

 

Foot is 275mm long, standing on footbed.

post #6 of 15

Have plenty of clients, myself included, that ski happily with that. However for any adventure's outside the piste, it can prove a pain. If the volume and shape is good, it is possible to hike, provided the foot is comfortable to be held in such a static way, that the foot will not be able to move into the available (or lack of) space. Difficult to say, however possible.

post #7 of 15

dropping one size from measured to 26.5 shell is pretty normal, i have just measured the internal size of the raptor shell and it is 285mm to the longest point, so it should work, the lange /rossi in the same shell size is just a hair more

 

on either you could punch the toe box and grind both toe and heel areas (assuming that the shop has the tools to do this, not many this side of the pond have grinders!)

 

next question, how much skiing do you do each season? and what uk shoe size would you buy? (this only gives a guide to the level of tolerence to compression that you have, rather than what size boot you should buy)

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by CEM View Post

dropping one size from measured to 26.5 shell is pretty normal, i have just measured the internal size of the raptor shell and it is 285mm to the longest point, so it should work, the lange /rossi in the same shell size is just a hair more

 

on either you could punch the toe box and grind both toe and heel areas (assuming that the shop has the tools to do this, not many this side of the pond have grinders!)

 

next question, how much skiing do you do each season? and what uk shoe size would you buy? (this only gives a guide to the level of tolerence to compression that you have, rather than what size boot you should buy)

 

If I do go for these, I may end up paying a trip to Bicester. My normal UK size would be 9, although this varies. I do 2-3 weeks a year skiing.
 

post #9 of 15

if only they made 1/2 sizes!!

 

happy to help out working on them if required, probably worth trying a few other things on as well, just to be sure

post #10 of 15

Charlie: If only every boot was an X2. Rubber'd up.

post #11 of 15
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Charlie: If only every boot was an X2. Rubber'd up.


I'm totally mystified by this. What does it mean?

post #12 of 15

 Steve was referring to salomons old race boot the X2 lab, it used to be made in different lengths for a size so you could have a 26 or 26 long

then putting vibram (or other) sole plates on it

post #13 of 15

It was/is the greatest bit of ski technology ever, and a pretty minor mould modification, can't believe all others didn't or don't do this.

post #14 of 15

hmmmmm, 26 long, yes, yes yes..............

post #15 of 15

those days are gone now, the money men saw to that :(

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