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custom footbed the only way to get consistent feel left/right?

post #1 of 10
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Got some new boots fitted today from a well regarded fitter in London.

I tried the boots on again at home for a couple of hours and there is a noticeable feel difference between the left and right. The right fits nd feels like a good performance fit. The shell fit was good and the fitter had to soften the outside of the boot to create a bit of space. It's snug and feels like it solidly holds the foot.

However, my left foot is a half mondo size smaller than my right making things a bit different.

The left foot feels almost too comfortable, it's firm, it would hold my foot while skiing, but I am worried that after 30 or ski days, it is going to become too roomy. Can this be firmed up by a fitter or is my only option to go with a custom liner that fits it better? I think it needs a bit of firming up around the ankle but in general the overall room doesn;t feel quite as performance fit as the rightside boot.

 

I can of course take it back and get adjustments but I'm just wondering what adjustments could be made short of putting in foam padding on certain areas of the liner, whivch ultimately will become less effective after a while of compression.

 

I could also do the left up tighter! ;) However, it was my understanding that good fitting new boots would barely need to be tightened on the buckles much and should almost just hold the foot firmly at the loosest buckle setting.


Edited by GordonFreeman - 4/24/13 at 2:39am
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Gordon,

 

Read the following article about how a boot should be fitted to insure long term performance:

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Also, it is true that most of the buckles shouldn't be tightened up to achieve a good foot hold---that is, all except the ankle 

 

buckle---it is the only one which can hold your heel in the rear of the shell.  On a 4 buckle boot the second one from the top should be

 

tightened until it hurts then back off till it is just comfortable.  Also wear the power strap inside the shell around the liner and tongue---this will

 

spread the load out over the shin (more comfortable).

 

mike

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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post

Gordon,

 

Read the following article about how a boot should be fitted to insure long term performance:

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Also, it is true that most of the buckles shouldn't be tightened up to achieve a good foot hold---that is, all except the ankle 

 

buckle---it is the only one which can hold your heel in the rear of the shell.  On a 4 buckle boot the second one from the top should be

 

tightened until it hurts then back off till it is just comfortable.  Also wear the power strap inside the shell around the liner and tongue---this will

 

spread the load out over the shin (more comfortable).

 

mike

 

The fitting process was fine. I had all the shell checks on length and width but the left foot doesn't feel as snug as the right boot. On the left I have to tighten the 3rd buckle from the top to the 3rd out of 5 latches - this seems a lot for a new boot doesn't it considering that it's going to pack out more in the future? Even then, the left foot doesn't feel as "performance" as the right boot...I don;t know how else to explain it but it's probably something to do with the left foot being slightly shorter.

post #4 of 10

how much space is there behind the heel in the shell? saying that all the checks were done doesn't mean it is correct

 

what model boot? what size? what size street shoe do you wear? 

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how much space is there behind the heel in the shell? saying that all the checks were done doesn't mean it is correct

 

what model boot? what size? what size street shoe do you wear? 


Probably about 1 or 1.5 fingers but difficult to get my hand in there :)

Lange RX 100, Mondo 28, street shoe UK 10. I don't necessarily think it's the length or width but more the volume between the top of my foot and the shell...difficult to say.

Edit: Just tried with a bit of paper under the foot marked with cm lengths. It looks to be about a 2cm gap on the left foot...bit of a crude measurement. Assume the right foot is therefore 1.5cm gap or so.


Edited by GordonFreeman - 4/24/13 at 9:51am
post #6 of 10

Interesting,

 

I wear a 10.5/11.0 US shoe and ski n a 27.5 mondo boot with 315mm shell length,---sounds like the shell might be too big to me.

 

mike

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Interesting,

 

I wear a 10.5/11.0 US shoe and ski n a 27.5 mondo boot with 315mm shell length,---sounds like the shell might be too big to me.

 

mike

Think this shell is 326mm.

Is 2cm a comfort fit?

I'm starting to get a bit down about finding the right boot to be honest...and I thought my feet were fairly normal no major alignment or pronation issues yet I still can't get a performance fit :)

I'm gonna take them ack and see what they can do but still...

post #8 of 10

How about measuring your feet in CM to determine just what size your feet are?

 

If your feet measure around 29cm then the 326mm shell you have may work..

 

How far is CEM from you?  might be worth a trip.

 

mike

post #9 of 10

Mike.... "Gordon Freeman" did come to see me a few years back, got another opinion about the boot i suggested and bought elsewhere from what i recall i suggested a 27.5 atomic CS100 (this was 3 or so years ago) but he was told this we a racing boot and not suitable 

 

the lange in a 28.5 is on the big side for sure, i wear a UK 11 and it is big on me in that size

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Mike.... "Gordon Freeman" did come to see me a few years back, got another opinion about the boot i suggested and bought elsewhere from what i recall i suggested a 27.5 atomic CS100 (this was 3 or so years ago) but he was told this we a racing boot and not suitable 

 

the lange in a 28.5 is on the big side for sure, i wear a UK 11 and it is big on me in that size

CEM, at the time I was desperate for some boots - it wasn't a 2nd opinion at all. Main thing was you didn't have any in stock and I was really eager to pick some boots up in the sales.

In hindsight, it would have been better to wait but you know how it is with new equipment...I just had it set in my head that I was getting new boots that weekend. Actually I think you suggested the 110 flex.

 

Guess I have to go back to the fitter now (Profeet) and see what they can do but as they already made some softening of the boot, not sure whether they can change to a smaller size.


Edited by GordonFreeman - 4/26/13 at 12:16pm
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