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26 vs 26.5

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I tried on a pair of inferno blaze in a 26 mondo and they fit nice but they were the last pair left and the worker of the store already claimed them, I found a pair online for about 200 dollars cheaper than in the store but they are 26.5 will i notice a significant difference?

post #2 of 10

In a word: NO!

 

For the most comprehensive answer to your question, read this:

 

http://blistergearreview.com/gear-101/boot-fitting-101/boot-fitting-101

 

Lots of great info!

post #3 of 10

The shell and the liner for a 26 and 26.5 are exactly the same.  The difference is smoke and mirrors.

post #4 of 10

The only difference between a 26 and a 26.5 is the thickness of the footbed which you should replace with a custom molded footbed anyways.

 

Good Luck,

 

Rick G

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Nice I bought a pair of 26.5 inferno blazes. Now my question is how important is it who I have heat mold them? I know you would always prefer to have the best person work on your boots, but is heat molding a process that requires an expert boot fitter? Also how long does the process take? I have heard that people wear there boot while lounging around the house to help break them in, should i do this before the heat mold?

 

Any tips on breaking these boots in would be greatly appreciated.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Nice I bought a pair of 26.5 inferno blazes. Now my question is how important is it who I have heat mold them? I know you would always prefer to have the best person work on your boots, but is heat molding a process that requires an expert boot fitter? Also how long does the process take? I have heard that people wear there boot while lounging around the house to help break them in, should i do this before the heat mold?

 

Any tips on breaking these boots in would be greatly appreciated.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Nice I bought a pair of 26.5 inferno blazes. Now my question is how important is it who I have heat mold them? I know you would always prefer to have the best person work on your boots, but is heat molding a process that requires an expert boot fitter? Also how long does the process take? I have heard that people wear there boot while lounging around the house to help break them in, should i do this before the heat mold?

 

Any tips on breaking these boots in would be greatly appreciated.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Nice I bought a pair of 26.5 inferno blazes. Now my question is how important is it who I have heat mold them? I know you would always prefer to have the best person work on your boots, but is heat molding a process that requires an expert boot fitter? Also how long does the process take? I have heard that people wear there boot while lounging around the house to help break them in, should i do this before the heat mold?

 

Any tips on breaking these boots in would be greatly appreciated.

post #9 of 10

Are the liners truly heat moldable?  I bought a pair of Tecnica Diablo Pros 5-6 years ago and the shop heated the liners and then I stood in them for 10-15 minutes, but after it was all over I didn't notice any difference at all in how they felt.  The heating process involved blowing warm/hot air into them for a while.  I've never worn ski boots around the house to break them in.  The reason they do this is probably because the liners will somewhat conform to your feet the more they are worn so doing this would speed up the process of having the liner more closely mold to your foot.  Even Intuition liners are supposed to conform to your foot over time but I would rather just heat them up and wear them for 15 minutes.  Some liners, like Intuitions, conform more to your feet when heated than others.  Having used Intuition liners the past year, I will never ski without them again.

 

In your original post you stated that these boot fit "nice."  Does that mean they were comfortable right out of the box?

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Both the liners and part of the shell are heat moldable with the inferno blaze. They were a good fit, but they could always be better. I imagine a heat mold would be the first step

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