I live in Switzerland, where surprisingly, boot fitting is more of a ‘suck it and see’ process, rather than starting with a how do you ski/ foot analysis that seems the norm in the US.
So – I am having problems and it seems to be my calves. Almost all boots that I try on seem to give me cramp in my calves and leave me in agony. I thought I had big calves (I dance a lot) but my boot fitter said that he’s seen ladies with much bigger calves than I have who don’t get cramp. He suggested I had low calf muscles.
At the weekend I tested some Nordica Speed Machines, but after just over an hour I was in agony with cramps in my calves and hobbled back to the shop. I had tried on about 6 or 7 pairs of boots in the shop and all but the Speed Machines were giving me cramp after less than 20 minutes of trying them on.
My question is: Could it be that the boot cuffs are too tight because of a low calf muscle and if this is the case, what models would you suggest I look at? Or – could I be tightening the boots too much to keep my feet tightly secure and this is giving me cramps. In this case, I could also have a narrow foot?
I have tried on the Nordica Fire Arrows (F5 – but prefer the idea that the F3 is effectively stiffer?) and the cuff felt comfortable after 10 minutes. However, my heel felt squeezed. Do you think that this boot will be improved next season and therefore, should I now wait for a new model next year? (I read that they were going to modify the liner),
In case it helps, I mainly ski pistes (all levels), but ski hard and fast and ski about 60 days a year. I have been skiing in the same Salomons for the last 15 years! But every day I ski seem to have cramps at some point.
Thanks for your help?!