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If a person's foot width exceeds expandable last of a custom-moldable boot, what happens?

post #1 of 6
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Hello,

 

It is my understanding that the two custom-moldable shells this year (Fischer Vacuum and Salomon X-Max) can expand up to 103 and 104mm, respectively.  That's great and all, but if somebody's foot was 110mm wide, what would happen during the fit process?

 

Would the overlapping crease of the shell separate, exposing the liner? 

post #2 of 6
There is a Vacuum boot with a last out to 106. Last is a matter of boot size, big size boots last are bigger than listed. Fit is a matter of the shape of your foot as well as size. You need to try on boots to see what is best for you. You can change out liners for a thiner one, for more room. You can cut the foam of a liner to make room too. Then last of all grind it.
post #3 of 6

There's a violent explosion and a cleanup crew is sent in to collect the pieces of your feet.

 

No seriously, I'd think about finding a traditional wide boot, plenty of good ones in the 102-104 range out there these days, and stretch the h*ll out of it. I'd think twice about customizable models with several kinds of plastic because as far as I understand it, the plastic in the "customizable" area is thinner and more pliant to begin with. So taking it beyond its design parameters seems to be asking for structural weakening.

 

I'd also disagree with the comment above about grinding. Which can remove a mm or 2 of plastic for refining an already decent fit, but if you plan to really go mining, unless it's a plug, you end up with regions so thin you can push them in and out with your thumb. Happened to me, y'see. 

 

And removing liner is a recipe for getting gradual buildup of pain in areas where the shell presses or bangs against the bones of the foot. IME, also been there too.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by backroom View Post

Last is a matter of boot size, big size boots last are bigger than listed. 

To expand on this, I wear a non-custom moldable boot that is a "98" mm last (in a 26), but because I wear a 30 my actual boot has a last of 106.  When I was measured for foot beds, I was told that one foot was 105 and the other 110, but didn`t need any grinding, punches or customization as they seemed to provide a good fit out of the box (but are not as snug after 150+ days of skiing).

post #5 of 6

The ski boot along with the custom footbed comprises a support system for your foot. You can comfortably ski in a narrower boot than you think. My own foot is ~~ 105mm semi weighted and measures 28.5 toe and arch length on a mondopoint measuring device. I ski comfortably in a 97mm sz. 27 with a bit of work at the Met Heads and a toe punch. I could ski comfortably in a sz 27 100mm boot with no work at all on the width and just a mild toe punch.

 

Custom shells are a fine idea but find a bootfitter....this is way easier than you think.

 

SJ

post #6 of 6

^^^^ That's really interesting, cuz I have almost the same foot eek.gif, classic D/E, although can't vouch for the heel. Which for me is a B. My metatarsal widths are 104, one side, 106 the other weighted, 28 measured, wear a 27 98 mm shell, sometimes a 26 (which as MEfree indicates, is actually more like a 97 mm last and right at the limit of what they can do). OP, trust SJ on this one. A good fitter can fix you up perhaps without the drama I suggested (or maybe I've just been to some sketchy fitters), also forgot to mention that a good footbed will subtract several mm from your foot width if you habitually pronate. 

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