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post #1 of 11
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I'm a female tall, thin aggressive skier with an exceptionally narrow foot - including heel. My arch is also somewhat high, and I have a narrow calf. I'm 5'9 and 120 lb.

 

Last year my local bootfitter jokingly told me I'd need to remortgate my house in order to find a boot that fits. I went to another highly reputable fitter and he recommended that I find one of two boots, anywhere, and bring them back to him to fit. It was the end of the season, and I didn't look hard enough. I have since lost the information.

 

Does anybody have any recommendations as to what model I might look for? It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and I'm heading up to Whistler tomorrow to the big 'Turkey Sale', desperately hoping to find a needle in the haystack.

post #2 of 11

it would be helpful to know more about your foot size and shape to give you a better answer. can you tell us what your foot measures on a brannock device either mondopoint or US sizing? tell us length, width, instep height. what is the boot sole length in mm of your current boots? what are your current boots and did they work for you? what flex are you skiing? do you have a custom footbed? what type?

 

if you are low volume and a good skier, there are many choices of 95mm lasted performance boots for women. 2 options? not a chance there are at least 10 high performance 95mm last boots that will work. we sell at least 8 of them at the start haus in all sizes.

 

you will probably not find these boots at an early season sale. you will find these boot at a retailer that specializes in selling performance products to performance skiers. schedule an appointment with a bootfitter that stocks these models.... nordica spitfire, nordica EDT WC 100, lange ZA Soft,

Rossi Radical WC ZA Soft, head raptor B5, Fischer RC4 PRO 100 vaccuum, atomic 2011/2012 STI 100, atomic redster WC 110, dalbello scorpian 100 95mm.

 

good luck

 

jim

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you SO much for the suggestions. I tried on the Salomon Pro Falcon today, but I'm still not 100% sure it will hold my right heel. You've given me some other terrific leads, and I'm going to start searching hard.

 

I don't have all those foot stats, but I'll report back when I get back in to see my local boot-fitter.
 

post #4 of 11

Salomon Falcon Pro? I take it the boots are on sale?

post #5 of 11

I know Calgary is not close to Vancouver, but if you are in the neighborhood we stock the Scorpion also the new HeadB5.

 

Lou

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by SMALLZOOKEEPER View Post

Salomon Falcon Pro? I take it the boots are on sale?


They are/were, but they will be too stiff. Possibility to remove two rear rivets, but I'm not convinced. Looking at the Salomon X3 CS100.

 

I got measured last w/e. Left foot: 225 long, 95 across. Right 219 long, 96 across. Extremely narrow heels and ankles. And, of course, narrow calf. Low volume foot all around. I feel comfortable in the 26, but the fitter is certain I should be in the 25.5. My left toe seems to be quite snug. He's said that with custom liners (that I SO wish to avoid), that problem should evaporate.

 

Thoughts on the above, anyone?

 

I've seen a killer deal on the Lange Banshee (2009 - new). It seems to have all the correct small dimensions. Does anybody have good knowledge of this boot? I'm seeing it for 127.00 plus shipping!

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They are/were, but they will be too stiff. Possibility to remove two rear rivets, but I'm not convinced. Looking at the Salomon X3 CS100.

the Salomon X3 CS100 is not a low volume narrow boot. go back up to my first post and those boots are all low volume narrow boots.

 

I got measured last w/e. Left foot: 225 long, 95 across. Right 219 long, 96 across. Extremely narrow heels and ankles. And, of course, narrow calf. Low volume foot all around. I feel comfortable in the 26, but the fitter is certain I should be in the 25.5. My left toe seems to be quite snug. He's said that with custom liners (that I SO wish to avoid), that problem should evaporate.

do you know the bootfitter joke? it goes something like this...question: how do you know when your bootfitter is lying? answer: his mouth is moving. if your foot is tight on the shell fit, there is no way that either a foam injected liner or an intuition liner will resolve that issue. you will probably need the 25 shell to get containment of the heel, instep and ankle, however to get room for your toes, the shell shape will need to altered to get your toes comfy.

 

the measurements that you are quoting do not match the boot size that you are trying. a foot that measures 225mm or 219mm in length would go into a 22.5 mondopoint boot. and if your foot is 225 or 219, the width of 95mm would make your foot about a ee width.

Thoughts on the above, anyone?

 

I've seen a killer deal on the Lange Banshee (2009 - new). It seems to have all the correct small dimensions. Does anybody have good knowledge of this boot? I'm seeing it for 127.00 plus shipping!

 

same as my comment above the lange banshee is a much bigger boot than the boots i mentioned in my first post to you.$127.00 is a great price on a pair of boots. an option for you would be to buy the lange in a US 7 which will be a 300 mm BSL and buy a foam injected liner for $500. then for $627.00 you can have a boot that does not fit or ski as well as any of the off the shelf soft 95mm boots i recommended above. you also must know the old saying that when something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is? there is a very good reason why those boots are on sale for $127.00

i am getting confused by your approach and the questions that you are asking. are you really looking for a good fitting, good skiing boot that will give you comfort and performance, or are you trying to put a square peg into a round hole as long as it is the best price?

 

jim

post #8 of 11

My thoughts on the measurements and sizing? In my book that doesn't constitue a "thought" more pi$$ed up drivel.

post #9 of 11

not getting much sense from the sizing either???? i think you really need to find another boot fitter (one who knows what they are doing) and start again..... it is worth reading the wiki at the top of the forum so that you can get an idea of what boot might work for you...you will then understand the need for shell sizing and be able to check if the fitter is doing the right thing for your feet

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Okay - you got me there, Jim.

 

I didn't write down my numbers, and I pulled the lengths from memory. I am without question a 25.5 or 26 in length. There was a 6 mm difference in length, with the final numbers being 9 and 5. It was tricky. I had my young son with me, and despite the fact that my Blackberry was in my hot little hand, I felt awkward taking it out and texting myself the details. Presumably when someone is taking the time to work with you, he doesn't want you taking your business elsewhere.

 

Which takes me to your next point......... When is a boot-fitter lying. When he opens his mouth. Sounds like my industry. The film industry. When is a producer lying.........

 

Anyway, I truly appreciate your advice. It's a bitch trying to find the time to deal with this, when a snappy solution seemed to be at hand. But there's a reason I walked out. I wasn't confident. Re - the Banshee. Yup. That makes obvious sense. No sense in packing a shell that will only leave me in the same situation I'm in, now.

 

Okay - back to the drawing board, with your suggestions in hand.

 

Damn!
 

post #11 of 11

You might want to take a look at Strolz custom ski boots...

 

www.skibootfitter.com

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