Originally Posted by telemarksc
Thanks for all your questions- this made me realize all the things I need to think about. And I didn't know about the "Ask the Boot Guys", so thanks for that as well. Right now I have (from what I gather off of the boot) a pair of Solomon Evolution 8.0 Performa that are 320/25, 292mm. At the store I measured just about a 24.5 on my bigger foot, left foot is a little smaller. My name is misleading- I don't telemark. I started skiing when I could walk, but I haven't been doing it continuously. I can get down whatever you put me at the top of, but it doesn't mean I'll do it gracefully ;) I took a bit of a hiatus from skiing during and just after college (except for 4-5 trips) and now that my son is old enough to learn and we live extremely close to a ski area, I'll be doing it more. Because of the kids I'll probably be spending more time on beginner slopes than I'd like!
I don't know what the technical width of my foot is, but I am definitely on the narrow side. There are many shoes I can't wear because of width. What would the characteristics of a racing boot be vs. a "regular" boot?
Thanks so much! I hope to get to some of the shops soon an "size up" this situation. I just didn't have the time to fully pursue it when I was in the other day.
Heh, I have a similar story to you. Skied my whole life, through college, but then moved married had babies all that good stuff and skied maybe only three or four times from age 22-30. When I returned to Colorado (and skiing) and bought boots, "they" put me in that same exact boot! And a size too big, as well. My experience is that even if you think you're out of practice, you'll catch up faster than you expected. It wasn't long before I was swimming in and folding that boot in half.
The good news is that there seem to be a lot more narrow women's boots these days without having to go to a full-on race boot. Also that you live near a ski area -- even in Denver, it's difficult to find a wide range of women's boots until you hit the mountain shops. Obviously you will need to be fitted and you appear to understand that, but some of the lower-volume lasts will be the Tecnica Viva Inferno, Full Tilt, Dalbello Krypton, .. I think all the brands have a decent narrow boot these days.