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Boot advice needed and is it worth buying boots and have them fitted at the end of the season?

post #1 of 7
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Hi guys,

 

I'm currently skiing in 2010/11 Dalbello Axion 8. Bought them last year and have around 20 days or so on them. Boots are still fairly new, but they started to pack out and after some skiing, I feel that my legs are no longer being hold firmly inside the boots. I wanted to have custom footbeds (probably should have had them done when I was buying boots in the first place) done for a while now and maybe replace liners, but a couple of people I spoke with said that these boots are simply not worth upgrading. So is it possible at all to add footbeds and replace liners on these boots?

 

I'm planning to ski next 4 days at East Coast gathering. If I stop by a boot fitter at the end of first day, I can probably get 3 full days of skiing before calling it the end of the season (doubt that with current weather, I will be able to ski any additional days). Does it make sense to buy boots now or am I better off holding off until November?

 

And as far as boot fitters around Stowe, VT - is Inner Bootworks still the place to go to as far as having boots adjusted or to purchase new boots?

 

P.S. I know this is not suggested around here, but... someone on this forum is selling 2010/11 Dalbello Scorpion SF 130 boots in my size. I know Scorpions are narrower then Axion, but I wonder if overall they should fit more or less like Axion?

 

Thank You!


Edited by mx22 - 3/14/12 at 8:05am
post #2 of 7

What does your foot measure in cm / or inches?

 

what size boots did you buy?

 

read WIKI at top of this section "Which boot will work for me" then shell size the boots you now have according to the instructions there.

 

boots that "pack out" in 20 days of skiing are probably too big to start with.

 

mike

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I'm at work right now, can't get the foot measurements. I usually wear 9.5/10 size shoes and when I went buying ski boots, guy fitted me in 27.5 (317mm shell if I'm not mistaken) boots. It wasn't just a random ski shop, but someone recommended here so I would assume length is not a problem... Maybe we mean different things by "pack out". After skiing for a bit, I feel as if there is too much space width wise and if I try to crank boots a bit more, I'm starting to get cold feet and pain real fast. I don't feel foot moving forwards/backwards.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Put my foot on the ruler - it's around 275mm

post #5 of 7

mx22,

 

If you do the shell check I think you will have more than 15 mm open space between heel and shell-----You measure 275mm and are in a 27 mondo---sound right but isn't usually.  BTW a one foot long  1/2 cpvc piece of pipe is 15mm wide outside dia.---- a good way to check shell fit.

 

Since you have these boots try tightening the ankle buckle as tight as you can stand---keep the top one good and snug and really tighten the power strap,  don't tighten the 2 lower buckles---all they can do is put your foot to sleep.

 

mike

post #6 of 7

We have found in our shop the axion series run big. Like miketsc said check shell fit. We usually down size most people in these boots. The scorpion you were looking at will probably run truer to size. Still recommend shell check. The scorpion series is a whole different animal than the axion. It is a much narrower boot and the 130 is pretty stiff. "beware"

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I went to Inner Bootworks at Stowe today. The remeasured my foot and boots, shell is the right size.

Today while skiing at MRG, I had cramps in right leg. It went away after a bit, but calf muscles and outer side of knee were really tense and uncomfortable. Ended up putting custom footbeds for now. Skiing tomorrow, hopefully it solves the problem.

P.S. the guy kind of confirmed boot was a bit too wide, but hoped it can be fixed with a custom footbed. If not, tomorrow they will try to to put shims or something to solve the problem...
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