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post #1 of 5
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I'm currently skiing on an old-ish (9 yrs?) part of Sensifit mid-range boots. In spite of specifically selecting this boot in order to get the widest model available, I had to get both blown out and even then they're OK near the front but still too narrow near the mid. The same problem makes it practically impossible to find any foot ware that fits - I simply cannot wear hockey skates, even with the laces entirely removed.

 

As a side effect of writing this:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski_boot

 

I've become interested in whether or not any front-entry design is ever going to fit. I've looked through the threads here and it seems there are lots of possibilities. For instance:

 

1) footbeds might fix the problem? Maybe, but the widest point of my left foot is 125 mm wide, 20 more than most boots I've seen. Can it help *that much*?

2) get a boot and blow it out. is there any downside?

 

But maybe I should go non-linear? Like...

 

1) it seems rear-entry designs have large areas for the forward foot - that's what many consider a problem. Maybe this is the solution for me?

2) what about the three-piece designs like the Flexon/Full Tilt? This has a buckle over the middle, but it seems to be, well, "different". I;ve seen posts that suggest if you're going to get a boot blown, this is the one to do it on.

 

I ski mostly upper blues and mid blacks, going up that scale as the muscles in my legs firm up.

post #2 of 5

Your question really belongs in the Foot Guys forum where you can get some professional advice.

 

There is only so much you can blow out a regular boot. I don't think that 20mm is possible. Most people have width problems in the forefoot, not the "mid" but I'm not sure if you mean the area of the arch or "mid" of the forefoot as opposed to the toes?

 

The footbed can help a bit but it depends how much of the width is produced by the foot spreading as you step down.

 

If there really is no boot that comes close enough to what you need to be blown out I would highly recommend Daleboot in SLC. They can make their shells very wide, and their use of a custom Intuition liner designed for their shell also helps.

 

That said, if you cannot find ANY footwear that fits comfortably then you probably should see a bootfitter who is also a pedorthist to see if you have underlying problems other than width.

post #3 of 5

Without knowing how wide your current boot was, it isn't possible for anyone to suggest anything other than a basically custom boot, like Dale or maybe the new Fischer vacuum.  And, as already stated, go to a certified pedorthist for help.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and check the "Who's Who" to see what boot fitter is near you.  Pick the one closest and call them.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Sorry guys, I just noticed this replies now (I have to find better ways of finding responces). I'll go over to the Boot Guy forum. Thanks!

post #5 of 5

Vaccum doesn't have anywhere near the amount of plastic to be take out to 125mm.  Dale boots might be a good bet though.
 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

Without knowing how wide your current boot was, it isn't possible for anyone to suggest anything other than a basically custom boot, like Dale or maybe the new Fischer vacuum.  And, as already stated, go to a certified pedorthist for help.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and check the "Who's Who" to see what boot fitter is near you.  Pick the one closest and call them.



 

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