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Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

I figured out problem...  as we all (hopefully) know, the "98 mm" last designation only applies to size 26 shells.  I knew this, but mistakenly thought that each shell size maybe added a millimeter.  I was browsing threads about black toe and I came across a boot guy's post that said the 27 shell is 4 mm wider than the 26 shell!!!

 

My 27 boots in a "98 last" (probably actually 102) were just about the perfect last (rode the fine line between decent edge response, comfort, and not-quite-painful)... they were actually a touch too wide after pack-out (but still needing punching in painful areas).  Current boots, 26 in a "98 last" elicit excruciating pain.  Me squeezing into the 98mm shell was probably like a person with average-width feet squeezing into a 92mm Lange plug!  I vaguely remember reading somewhere that ski boots that are too narrow can theoretically cause anatomical damage over time (i.e. the foot wasn't designed to be crammed into a tight space and used to support weight).  True, I've actually had more issues with my rock climbing shoes (if climbing shoes don't hurt, you have too big of a size) but I can see the same thing happening with ski boots.  My right toe is still recovering from a nasty time in the new Lange RX's over a month ago.  It didn't help that I spent the next several days in uncomfortable "fancy" shoes which hurt almost as much as the ski boots by the end.

 

 

I hope that 100mm boots will work, still feel snug/responsive, but give enough room in toebox to prevent pain (perhaps I'll still need multiple punches and a toe grind).  Which is why you should still look for a high performance boot that will give you room to grind.

 

I'm keeping the HEAD Raptors for racing (which only lasts 2-3 hrs a day at most), but I just don't think they can ever be "all day" boots for me (this last vacation was a brutal battle with the boots).

 

Now what I hope is that I can find a boot with the same BSL so I won't have to mess with the bindings each time I race. What's your current BS?  The other way to prevent this issue is to buy some more skis, some for racing and some for free skiing wink.gif



 

post #32 of 35

With lot's of little tweaks.  My Head World Cups feel like a warm silk glove.

 

Once I get into them...;-)  (Spoiled by soft AT boots for every day wear)

 

"Normal feet" are so convenient!. 

 

Wishing you the best on your boot journey.

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Originally Posted by RaceDude View Post

What's your current BS?  303mm

 

The other way to prevent this issue is to buy some more skis, some for racing and some for free skiing wink.gif  yes, I agree.  this past season I was stoked to finally get cheater "race" skis (so I free-skied a ton on them), but now that the novelty has worn off I'd much rather just go tool around on a stable all-mountain ski on non-race days.
 

 



 


Edited by Vitamin Ski - 4/28/11 at 9:44pm
post #34 of 35

Bored,got a nice Fischer Addict for sale on here that would be fun for you,especially with your recent bump interest.  Check them out,nice pics.  Cheers,   Dave

post #35 of 35

303mm and your feet are 285mm long?  I haven't seen the HEAD liners, but do those feel a little big?  Lange RS Wide, 110 or 130 flex with a 296mm BS (or 306mm, but the liners are skimpy so I'd think with a little bit of packing in you should be fine with a 296mm)

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