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A question for any bootfitters with any experience with the X-max 120...

 

A few things first.... I am a type III skier, athletic style... 36 years old at 6 ft. 1 in, and 190 lbs.  I wear a size 10 US shoe... and when I measure myself using Mondo measurments... I'm somewhere around 27.5.  My last two bootfitters told me I had a medium to wide foot.  I have a medium to high instep.  I ski Head iTitans in 177 (they are a rocketship)

 

Anyway... last year, after reading so much about the wonders of downsizing... I bought an Atomic Hawx 120 in 26.5 (or 26, since I understand there in no difference once you put in a custom footbed.  After about 4 skiing days of agony, I felt awesome control, until my feet eventually fell asleep every time I skied.

 

So on a vacation to the Alps (I am from Michigan, but living in Europe for a few years)... I got tired of having my feet asleep, went to the local mountain story/bootfitter, and bought some new boots.  They told me I was a solid 27.5 after a few measurements and examining my foot (but no shell test)

 

I bought the Sollie X-Max 120 in 27/27.5 with a new custom footbed.  I really like the boot after skiing on it for 2 days... and I feel like I have good ski control (but not as good yet as with the smaller Atomics).  Anyway, I have been reading about these boots since I bought them... and everyone says to buy smaller than your Mondo... but I tried this and didn't want to do it again.  Considering the "Comfyness" of these boots after 2 days though... I'm wondering if I should have????  Ok, two questions.

 

1) Do these boots really run that big?

2) How much should I rely on the shell fitting procedure, and if it is really important, how much room behind my heel is too much in these boots for a long term performance fit.

 

Thanks very much for any insight.... Aric

post #2 of 6

I'm not  bootfitter but I'm in the same boots. 

 

From what I understand, these boots run a little long.  Not sure if that is true.  Barefoot with my toe nails trimmed, my foot length is 25 or 25.5 (forget which) and usually have a 25.5 boot.  My X-Max boots are 24.5.  When trying on boots with the fitter, the 25.5 was pretty good, and he said, lets try the 24.5.  Made all my toes hurt and I couldn't straighten them.  He said he could fix that and did.  His reasoning was that "if" you have to heat mold the shell, you want your foot to press the shell out and not hope it will collapse onto your foot. 

 

I had the liner heat molded which made most of the pain go away but then needed a punch in one spot and as far as fit, perfect.  I have about 12 or 15 days on them and love them.  I'm in them all day and don't need to take them off except at lunch to warm my feet and let them dry out.  I wear a sock liner as there is NO WAY I could even get the boots on with even a thin ski sock.  The liners are very thin; almost like being sock less. Though I can wear them all day, I'm not upset once they are off either.

 

I also modified mine so the booster strap will go under the shell and directly against the tongue.  Works way better.  I usually spend the first half of the day with all buckles undone and only the booster strap snug.

 

If you want a response from only bootfitters or at least some bootfitters, you chances of that happening are better if you post this in the ask the boot guys forum.

 

Have fun,

Ken

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Originally Posted by ahgetty1 View Post

 

 Ok, two questions.

 

1) Do these boots really run that big?

2) How much should I rely on the shell fitting procedure, and if it is really important, how much room behind my heel is too much in these boots for a long term performance fit.

 

Thanks very much for any insight.... Aric

This is three questions.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi Whiteroom...

 

You are right... this is 3 questions.  My bad.

 

Any opinion on the shell fitting procedure for these particular boots?

 

Thanks!

 

Aric

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Thread Starter 

Thanks Ken... That gives my some very good perspective.  I appreciate it.

 

FYI... I did re-post in the correct "Ask the Boot Guys" Forum.

 

Tx, Aric

post #6 of 6

I have skied in Atomic Hawk 110 for a couple years and recently bought the Salomon Quest Max 120. The Atomics were 26.5 and fit very well. I did however have to go to a 25.5 in the Salomon. I work at ski shop and could chose any boot I want and the Salomon in 25.5 were by far the best fit. I have skied in them about 20 days so far and my feet never hurt and I have complete control over my Volkl Mantra's

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