or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ask the Boot Guys › Need help finding boots for small feet!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Need help finding boots for small feet!

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

My feet are small and finding boots has always (and probably will always) be a bit of a challenge. I've seen some posts from people with the same problem, but none within the last couple years and none that address the issue of AT boots. So here I go...

 

When I was racing, I tried a few different women's race boots with cork, foot inserts, etc. to get a good fit but nothing worked. I ended up with a Lange junior race boot (flex 100) mondo 21, which was a bit on the soft side but worked better than the Women's boots (including a women's mondo 21.5, but had a larger shell size than the Lange junior boot).

 

I'm considering buying some new boots since I've been using the same boot for about five seasons now. I no longer race, but am probably a more "aggressive" freeskier due to the racing background. For my new boot, I am thinking about going with the stiffest Lange junior race boot again. I'd also be interested checking out other boots that are a true 21 (has the appropriate size shell) and just a stiff. Are there any suggestions, or should I go with the same boot again?

 

The more pressing matter is an AT boot. I have been ascending mountains in the junior race boot and I suspect that my AT experience will be more enjoyable with the "walk" setting. I have dynafit bindings, so I need a boot that is compatible. As far as I know, there are no junior boots available. My plan now is to purchase the smallest/lowest volume women's boot that I can and start putting in cork, foot inserts, etc. until it fits. This is not ideal (and worked like s*** the last time I tried it), but I think it will be more comfortable for BC than the race boot . Are there suggestions for the smallest/lowest volume women's BC boot to start with? Or perhaps there is a better plan that I haven't thought of?

 

Thanks in advance for suggestions and help!

post #2 of 15

size 22 in the dynafit TLT5, fits about the smallest I have seen

 

My wife uses a 22 in most alpine boots, and the 22 in the TLT was too small,  she is in that boot in a 23.

 

sounds like that is your best bet.  Beef the boot up with a booster strap if needed to make it stiffer

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. I'll try this and hopefully it will work. I just don't understand why boot companies can't make a 21 shell for women - it's just so disappointing.
 

post #4 of 15

because most people are in boots to big for them

 

because more men ski then women

 

because more women have a 8 foot then a 5 foot.

 

because more people use alpine boots, then touring boots.

 

 

 

it SUCKS, but when shells for boots cost $50,000/size it is all a matter of scale...  not worth making that size mold, for the 100? pairs you sell world wide...

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

After putting this post up, I've also been trying to research this on my own. If other small footed women check this post - it appears there are some NEW BOOTS for women with small feet. Dalbello and Lange are both offering a mondo 21 boot (and from what I can tell) these are true mondo 21 (not a 22 shell with 21 liner). In my searching I still have not been able to find an AT boot and the best advice I've had from mntlion. I have heard rumors of a junior boot with a walk setting... but I haven't thoroughly investigated.
 

post #6 of 15

not sure about the dalbello but the Lange 21.5 is a 22 outer shell which they have put a solid packer into the toe box during the moulding process, so the external shell length is 266mm but internally it measures shorter than the boot with the 22 label on it

post #7 of 15

CEM:    the liner is shorter, but the inside of the shell is shorter too?    any narrower?  (is the plug in the toe only, or in the width and heel too?)

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Interesting... I had no idea that's how they made the 21 shell. I heard from a boot fitter that went to an expo that Lange and Dalbello are planning on making the 21 shell for the 2013/14 season but aren't out yet - which made me think that the shell design is changing from what they've been doing previously. However, he might have been mistaken and they could just be continuing with the current design which you've just described...
 

post #9 of 15

Mike,

 

the shell IS internally shorter, it has a series of plastic fins in the front 1cm of the toe box to reduce the length but also keep weight down.. as far as i know the width does remain the same as the 22, but i have run out of 21.5 so i cannot get the calipers inside to confirm that.

 

AK skier,

 the Lange was available last season and is a continuation, we did hope that it might be made available in the womens RX80 LV (even if that size did not have replaceable heel/toe pads ) but the decision was made just to do it on the race models for 13/14 it will be in the RS 70SC,RS 90SC, RS 110SC, and RS 120SC  (SC= short cuff)

post #10 of 15

so the 21 lange is just a 22, that someone forgot to take the paper wad out of ;)

 

 

talked to technica canada, and we might be getting a 110 or 130 cuff for the race 90's   That will make them normal height (not 2cm lower for jr) and a better flex (up from 90)   

post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

so the 21 lange is just a 22, that someone forgot to take the paper wad out of ;)

 

 

talked to technica canada, and we might be getting a 110 or 130 cuff for the race 90's   That will make them normal height (not 2cm lower for jr) and a better flex (up from 90)   

Putting a stiff coller on a soft clog?????eek.gif

post #12 of 15

SZK - it is not altogether unheard of to go stiff over soft on the race side.  The cuff them "powers" the clog for a flex that is from the hinge not the bending or stretching of the cuff and the gap around the leg remains constant.  good idea ML!

post #13 of 15

So no clog deforemation and energy lag?

post #14 of 15

for this, we are not looking for race performance, we just have adult skiers, with tiny feet.

 

a 90 flex, low cuff, is just not enough for most adults...   Better to have the foot held in place, with a bit of shell deforemation, then the foot move?

 

have to see how it all fits together, and how it skis...

post #15 of 15

130 cuff on a 90 clog is a bit much I think, perhaps a 130 on a 120 or 110 at a push.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ask the Boot Guys
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ask the Boot Guys › Need help finding boots for small feet!