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Should ankle dorsiflexion influence your choice of boot flex?

post #1 of 4
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After going to several different bootfitters, I've been told that I have a lot of ankle dorsiflexion. As a consequence, I've been steered toward and away from stiff boots, depending on the fitter's philosophy.  

 

In your opinion, should ankle dorsiflexion play an important role in choosing a stiff or soft boot? If so, how important is it relative to the skier's experience, style, terrain, or other physiology?

post #2 of 4

yes it is important, and it is still important relative to the other factors that you have mentioned. There are 2 factors that can be affected by boot flex when the ankle joint is hyper mobile. fit related issues that occur when too much travel of the lower leg takes place, and the other factor is relative to being able to balance fore-aft on your skis for performance.

 

the problem is not that knowledgeable boot fitters have given you conflicting info on the direction for where to start. the issue will be finding just one boot fitter good enough at foot assessment to be able to actually determine how your ankle joint flexes. ( i only know a handful in the whole US capable of sussing that out)

 

flex is also adjustable and very easy to dial down if the boot ends up being too stiff. ( that is if you are buying a conventionally constructed, mono injected, performance boot.)

 

no chance of experimentation if the the boot you choose is too soft to start.

 

best of luck

 

jim

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Thanks for the helpful reply, Jim!

 

I've been trying to find time lately for a boot fitting at Start Haus, but my schedule always gets in the way. I'm rarely in Truckee long enough, but I'll find the time eventually.  smile.gif

 

I had been looking into the Tecnica Cochise 110 and 120 boots, because I need something AT compatible, and those are the only boots I've found with a walk mode that fit my feet relatively well. (I have a wide forefoot, a very narrow heel, and a high instep.) I don't know if the Tecnicas fit the "conventionally constructed, mono injected, performance boot" category, though.

 

Ideally, I'd just like to start over with a proper boot fitting and go from there.

 

Thanks again!

post #4 of 4

Atomic waymaker is a 102mm last w/ live fit laterally and an AT feature. came in many flexes. If u r an accomplished skier u can get neutral stance in any boot that fits ur foot type. Rock on!

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