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High Instep Boots

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Hey Guys,


I have 2008 Rossi Sensor 3 110-flex boots in a 27.5 with custom footbeds.  They have 120-140 days on them.

They had a nice, snug performance-type fit and weren't bad comfort-wise until this past season.  Starting in 2012, I starting having trouble with really cold toes and was cranking the buckles down much more than before, so I figured they were packed out.


Gave Intuition a try this year.  Have skied them twice, and they are HORRIBLE!  Flat-out painful even with the buckles as loose as can be.  It takes industrial hydraulics to get them on...10 full minutes of sweating, cursing and ending up winded.  My entire lower leg down to the ankle bone feels like it was beaten with a club a week later.  Worse by far than any rental boots I ever had.  Cold toes even on a sunny, warm (~30) day with no wind, and entire foot from ankle down and forward completely numb and "dead" when removed after less than 2 hours.


Anyway, I'll never wear them again, so Intuition has just received a $200 "donation" from me, I guess.

I'm chicken-legged with what is usually a 10.5-C shoe, but I have a high instep.  My questions are:


1) Does Rossi sell replacement liners?  If the boot model hasn't really changed, it seems a new liner of the same model might be perfect, but I obviously don't know.

2) If new boots are in order, are there particular brands/models that are generally known for having a higher instep fit?  

(prefer ~120 flex) 


One store here only sells Head, another just Salomon and Dalbello (which I think come with Intuitions, so that's out), and a few much further away (Spokane) have bigger selections.  It would be nice to have a generalized idea of where to start brand(s)-wise, so I can go straight to the shop that has the brands/models most likely to work. 


Thanks for any advice you might have.

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rossi S3 line is very similar,  take a look at them?

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

rossi S3 line is very similar,  take a look at them?


Thanks Mt. lion!

I was just thinking today that if the Rossi boot hadn't changed much in the way it fits, that would likely be a good place to start.  I had read a review somewhere that the S3 line now had a widened heel from before, though, and I already have a narrow heel as it is.  I guess I'll try Rossi or Lange first anyway, which means heading to Spokane.


I'm not opposed to the Solly and Head shops in town, but I don't want to waste their time if Solly and/or Head boots tend toward a lower instep height.  I know it's impossible to say much without measuring my foot, so that's why I was asking which boots tended to lean toward higher insteps just kind of in general.  Anyway, if you know of any others in case the S3's prove to be too wide, please blurt it out.

Thanks Again.

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Well, I didn't get much feedback here frown.gif regarding my quandary, so I'll provide my own in the form of a follow-up for those that may have the same issue at some point, or any shop guys interested in a lowly customer's perspective.  I went to 2 shops and tried on 13-16 boots (I didn't get an exact count) from:


Atomic      (1-2 models)

Head         (3 Models)

Lange        (3-4 Models)

Nordica      (2-3 Models)

Rossignol   (1 Model)

Tecnica      (3 Models)


All were 97-100mm Last and 110-130 Flex, and I was looking to eliminate a circulation-obstructing pressure point on the top of my instep.  Now, I'm just one person with a tallish and/or longer instep, but of the above boots, The Tecnicas had the most generous instep allowance with no pressure point up there whatsoever...even when clamped down pretty hard.  I would say the Langes were 2nd-best in this regard with only slight, subtle pressure on the instep.


I first tried skiing the Tecnica Demon 120, but it had too much forefoot slop, so they let me trade it for a Tecnica Inferno Blaze 110.  An added bonus is the Tecnicas have a "quick instep" feature that is supposed to make getting in and out of the boot easier.  It doesn't appear to be a gimmick, as entry to and exit from the boot are surprisingly easy for a low-volume 98mm boot...even when they're cold!


While researching the boot later, I found 2 reviews on sites like Evo, Backcountry, etc. that also extolled the Tecnica's tolerance for high insteps.  So, I would think anyone with a similar issue should check out the Tecnica line 1st and maybe the Lange line 2nd.

Hope this quasi-review of one specific attribute of various boot brands proves beneficial to someone.

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