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Lowest volume boot with recreational flex accomodating annoyingly high instep, absurdly narrow heel/ankle, average forefoot

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Thread Starter 

Four years ago, I asked this same question here on EpicSki: What boots are best for my feet, very low volume heel/ankle, average forefoot, stupidly high instep.

 

The response from this forum then was to consider the 95mm Nordica Dobermann Aggressor WC 150, which has been my boot ever since, without question the best boots I've ever skied, replacing my previous Tecnica XT-17's - except that the Dobermann's are just too stiff, even after cutting out the saddle cuts which are supposed to reduce the flex to 130.

 

I would like to raise this same question again in light of new boot offerings, given that I wish to gather preliminary information to be followed up by a visit this spring, summer or fall to a Tahoe area bootfitter for final analysis and purchase.

 

The '09 Aggressor required only two mods: Grinding out the "sixth toe" and creating more instep room with tongue modification. After four seasons, I still cannot fasten the instep buckle on the right foot, which is shorter and higher than the left foot. In fact, I've removed the instep buckle entirely.

 

In prior seasons of hopeless abandon I've tried the Atomic RT CS 110 Boot, which had a marvelous flex pattern, absurdly high volume heel/ankle, and ridiculously low instep.  In fact, the liners from those boots have replaced the original liners in my '06 Head RS 96 boots, which I currently use for teaching.  And that combination requires double thick liner heel wraps.

 

First in line of consideration is the new Nordica WC EDT 130, but I understand this boot has less instep room than the '09 Aggressor.  I require more, and cannot do with less, instep room.  I also want a warm boot, thus an aluminum boot board is OUT.

 

Before I bought the WC 150, I tried the 98 mm last Dobermann Pro 130, but from my perspective I would rather ski in a loafer than this high volume boot. redface.gif

 

I look forward to and appreciate your kind responses, but I must confess to holding an Ace: Salomon SX 91 Equipe's in my size from the local thrift shop ($5) Solid heel hold, adjustable flex, barely worn, almost perfect but dang again to tight about the instep.

 

stvbck

post #2 of 7

can you find a aggressor WC in 130 and make that softer? 

 

 

FYI:  I have taken the WC150 and with adding saddle cuts, lowering the inside F cuff, and removing rear bolts, to get that to the 100 flex level.....

post #3 of 7

You could try the WC version of the Dalbello Scorpion.  It is a 95mm boot with a relatively high instep for a 95mm boot and is made in flexes down to a 90  although I'd bet that starting with the SS (supersoft)  will get you reasonably close to a flex you'll like without surgery.  Don't let the supersoft nomenclature scare you, they definitely aren't.

 

Lou

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses and messages, I'm hoping to get new (and the best possible) boots for myself before next season.

 

I will admit that I have not tried removing the spine bolts on the Aggressor 150 - The Nordica rep at the time stated that the bolts were an integral part of the boot and should not removed for softening purposes. But I certainly should experiment.

 

Now if I wasn't four hours away from the nearest bootfitter that stocks low volume boots, this would be easier.
 

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Now if I wasn't four hours away from the nearest bootfitter that stocks low volume boots, this would be easier.
 

 

 

sounds like it might be time to plan a road trip wink.gif

post #6 of 7

Although removing spine bolts softens boots it is not part of the recommended method used by manufacturers.  It removes the link between the lower and cuff which reduces rebound and makes the boot feel somewhat lifeless. 

post #7 of 7

What about a Fischer vacuum??

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