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Feet too small for standard boot sizes

post #1 of 6
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Aside from the chilly toes, I have an additional boot-related issue that I'm hoping you guys may be able to help with.

 

My current boots are Salomon Idol 8.0s, purchased prior to the 2009/10 season. Shell size is 23.0. It was the first time I'd ever gotten a proper fit with a pair of boots and we did a fair bit of work on them over the first few months, including footbeds and punching out a couple of really painful hotspots at the base of the big toe on each foot. Even so, I've never been 100% comfortable in them. Initially they felt crazy tight; now it feels like to get them snug enough, I have to buckle them down so tightly that my shins and feet are screaming by the end of the day. Loosening the buckles even a touch makes things feel sloppy.

 

So at the start of this season I went looking for an AT boot, and dealt with a different bootfitter at a local store. He tried me in several different boots in a 22.0 shell, and told me that they're too big. There was noticeable heel lift even in the best-fitting boot. But apparently it's not possible to get women's boots in a smaller shell; he said I'm most likely going to have to go with a kids' boot to get a proper fit. Since working with this bootfitter, I'm much more aware of the fact that my downhill boots aren't working as well as they should.

 

My questions are:

 

  • Is it true that there's no women's boot available in a 21.0 shell? I seem to recall reading about at least one on here, though I remember it was noted as a rarity.
  • If I have to go with a kids' boot, what makes/models should I be looking at? 
  • Are there any AT boots available in a shell size that would fit me? I'm not aware that this is a big market for kids' boots...
  • Are there any liners that would improve the situation if I have to go with the 22.0 shell? 

 

A couple of pieces of possibly relevant information: I wear custom orthotics which I use in my ski boots. I'm a small, lightweight skier (5'4" and just under 120lbs) who likes to charge reasonably hard. My preference is for off-piste skiing in steep open bowls (home mountain is Whistler) and I'm looking to start getting into the backcountry this year.

 

Advice and suggestions very much appreciated...

post #2 of 6
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  • Is it true that there's no women's boot available in a 21.0 shell? I seem to recall reading about at least one on here, though I remember it was noted as a rarity.
  • If I have to go with a kids' boot, what makes/models should I be looking at? 
  • Are there any AT boots available in a shell size that would fit me? I'm not aware that this is a big market for kids' boots...
  • Are there any liners that would improve the situation if I have to go with the 22.0 shell? 

 


 

technica race 90 will come in a 21 this year, witha 265mm boot.  I dont have any in stock, but they SHOULD be smaller then most 22's  The lange WC is about the smallest fitting 22 I have found.

 

nothing AT is that small,  I just looked for my wife.  if you find something, please PM me

 

kids boots will not fit with a adult binding,  hard to demo skis etc.

 

a really thick intuition, or foam might help, but will raise the price $200-$400

 

post #3 of 6

tecnica diablo inferno 90, comes in a sz 21.5 mondopoint shell, sole length is 260mm.

 

start haus has them in stock.

 

jim

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Awesome, thanks. Good to know about the kids' boots and bindings - I don't think I want to go that route. I'll see if I can find a local store with the Technica or Lange boots and check out the fit. Does Start Haus ship to Canada? :)

 

I'm guessing that foam or the Intuition liner is going to be my best option for the AT boots.

post #5 of 6

I'm with soul ski and bike, in banff, and SHOULD have the 21 technica's in stock in a week or so, if Jim can't ship to you.

post #6 of 6

start haus can ship to canada.

 

foam is usually not a good solution for AT boots. the shells tend to be thin and soft and the foam really expands and distorts the shell. also for having freedom of movement while ascending, foam limits that movement.

 

intuition can work however there are limitations as to how much space an intuition liner can fill.

 

jim

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