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Ok, just bought Salomon twenty twelves, and I have salomon sth 14 driver bindings. Now I need boots.

 

I have a narrow foot, tried on some boots at a pre-season sale and really liked the fit I got from Nordica's 45 degree strap.

 

I'm an advanced-intermediate skier but looking to improve my skills on the bumps as I have mastered skiing really fast on steep slopes. So I want an all-mountain boot. Mondo 39.5. Looking to get around a 100 flex.

 

Here are the 4 boots I'm considering...

 

Nordica Transfire R2 Ski Boots 2013

Nordica Fire Arrow F4 Ski Boots 2012

Salomon Ghost 100

Ski Boot Dalbello Krypton Rampage 2012

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post #3 of 5

MetalMeteor,

 

 

     Quote: "Mondo 39.5."? Is this correct sizing for your foot? Or perhaps you meant 29.5 mondo----be sure to read the partin the WIKI mtlion mentioned about how to shell size a boot to arrive at the right long term fit  (one of the toughest nuts to crack in boot fitting, is getting the customer to buy the right size).for instance if you have a low volume narrow foot you may be able to downsize into a 28.0/28.5 shell, if you measure 29.0/29.5.

 

      Also----- you seldom see experts in 3 buckle boots as they tend to not hold the foot/ankle as well as a 4 buckle. You also mentioned you had a narrow foot, you should be looking for a boot with the correct width----- and the correct flex, to support your weight, which if you are over180/ 200 lbs a 100 flex boot may not do.

 

 

mike

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Yes, I did mean mondo 29.5.

 

Thanks for the tip on 4 buckles. I did try a smaller mondo because of my very narrow foot, and my big toe was too cramped for that to work. I have read the instructions posted by many on how to correctly fit a boot. I think I might go for a forefoot width under 100 mm. However even though I tried on a 98 mm width boot, which was a Dalbello, it didn't seem to be narrower than a Nordica boot which was 102 mm. The boot guy told me that Nordica and Salomon make boots which are more narrow despite the forefoot width. Is this correct?

 

The question I have...when measuring the open space around the sides of the foot, is that done with the shell fully buckled or not buckled at all?

 

I do weigh about 180 lbs, 5 foot 10, so maybe I should shoot for a flex above 100.

 

Thanks for the response.

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Originally Posted by MetalMeteor View Post

Yes, I did mean mondo 29.5.

 

 I think I might go for a forefoot width under 100 mm. However even though I tried on a 98 mm width boot, which was a Dalbello, it didn't seem to be narrower than a Nordica boot which was 102 mm. The boot guy told me that Nordica and Salomon make boots which are more narrow despite the forefoot width. Is this correct?

 

The question I have...when measuring the open space around the sides of the foot, is that done with the shell fully buckled or not buckled at all?

 

I do weigh about 180 lbs, 5 foot 10, so maybe I should shoot for a flex above 100.

 

Thanks for the response.

You don't need to buckle a boot to decide on the fit along the sides of your feet-----actually you should only close the 2 lower buckles---then tighten the ankle buckle as tight as possible to hold your heel in the rear of the shell (until it comfotably grips your ankle bones), snug the top buckle and crank on the power strap with it only around the liner,(inside the upper shell)

 

a too soft boot shell will allow your weight to collapse the shell toward the ski shovel so far that the ski will over control and you will have to back off and usually end up in the back seat at the middle of the turn,(not fun)

 

READ AND UNDER STAND THE SHELL FIT INFO BEFORE YOU START TRYING ON BOOTS use this info as your boot shopping bible.  ( you may feel the correct shell fit would never work when your try it on with the liner, but you would be mistaken.  If the shop doesn't do shell fits as a matter of course, shop elsewhere.

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