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post #1 of 8
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Hey y'all,

 

Just finishing up two weeks skiing in Utah and it's time for me to get a new set of boots. Unfortunately, I haveridiculously tiny calves and narrow feet. Right now I am skiing on 2005 Lange CRL 90s and I can't get the cuffs tight around my shins (even after moving the buckles over) and my ankles have too much wiggle room. About me: I am 6'1" 185lbs. I am a recreational skier and have never been a racer, but ski mostly black and double blacks. I love bumps and being in the woods and want a boot that fits well but don't need something that is going to punish me for no reason.

 

My local ski shop had me try on a pair of Salomon X3 10 CS, which have a flex rating of 120. Overall, the boot held my ankle and shins in place much better. They were out of the softer X3 (100 rating). Both skis have a 98mm last. They also said that based on my height and weight,  a boot with a stiffer flex would be better for me. My questions are:

 

1) Is Salomon  X3 10 CS probably too stiff for me? Would someone like me be happier in the softer X3

2) Are there other boot brands/models I should check out? 

3) I heard that Salomon is coming out with a boot that is softer than than to x3 10 CS for next year (110 rating). Is this true and if so, is it worth waiting for that model to come out?

 

Thanks for your sage advice. I am really looking forward to finding a pair of boots that actually fit my scrawny little chicken legs and narrow feet.

 

Happy turns!! 

 

 

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by onepiece View Post1) Is Salomon  X3 10 CS probably too stiff for me? Would someone like me be happier in the softer X3

2) Are there other boot brands/models I should check out? 

3) I heard that Salomon is coming out with a boot that is softer than than to x3 10 CS for next year (110 rating). Is this true and if so, is it worth waiting for that model to come out?



 

 

1)  should be fine, but you can always get a boot made softer

2)   everyone makes a 98mm last,  many make a 95 even.   Technica diablo, Nordica pro, salomon falcon, full tilt, etc)

3)   maybe, but see point #1.  

 

best to work with your local boot fitter and see what the smallest, AND narrowest thing is that you can use.   Then get them to help make that boot that fits you best, even better by some custom fitting.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks Dave!!

My local sports shop also had me try on the Lange RS 110 (too loose on
the shins) and the Dalbello Krypton (too much ankle wiggle). Looking
at my pathetic (my words, not theirs LOL) skinny legs, the lady at the
store said that Salomon has the best fit for people with very low
volume shins among the companies that have boots with a 98mm last. Is
that really true?? If so, then I probably will need to go with
Salomons. Of course, if that's not the case, I am more than happy to
try out Nordicas and Tecnica's. One more thing. I just call my local
shop and they have put the X3 10 on sale for 525 bucks. They said if
the boot is too stiff they can soften it for Free. Does modifying the
boot have any real downsides as opposed to buying a softer boot out of
the box.

Thanks a million boot guys!

post #4 of 8

Softer boot out of the box typically has the same modifications as we would do.  Don't sweat whether the factory does the cutting or an experienced shop.

 

Lou

post #5 of 8

most companies make a boot narrower then 98mm   (look for "race" or "plug" boots)

 

salomons seem to fit on the big side for 98mm.

 

might have been the narrowest/best thing that this store had in stock?  or in your size? 

 

 

no problem making a boot softer.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

To follow up on my earlier post, I got the boots late last year and finally got them on the hill this month. They are AMAZING. They fit like a glove. Super responsive. My local boot fitter suggested not softening the boot and see how it feels. I am so glad I didn't make any alterations because, they flex just fine for me. They even love banging through the moguls. The only downside is that they are so stiff I have to wait at least 30 mins to take them off because when they are still cold, I simple can't get them off. 

post #7 of 8

that sounds like a great excuse to find a warm bar for an after ski beer!

post #8 of 8

if the cuff becomes loss try the Eliminator Tongue from Masterfit... they great for chicken legs.

 

Jeff Rich C., Ped.

www.usorthoticcenter.com

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