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Garmont MegaRide AT Boot

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greetings fellow bears

over the past 2 weeks I've been trying on various AT boots with an eye toward finding something that resembles the close, comfortable fit of a Course/Race fit in a Salomon, or a traditional Lange race fit. My foot is a B width in the ankle, C width midfoot, D+ in the forefoot. Fairly low instep, but also a fairly distinct arch. moderately strong pronator. Bunions on both feet, most pronounced on left.

The candidates - Lowa Struktra Evo, Scarpa Laser, Garmont MegaRide.

The winner: Garmont MegaRide (or G-Ride, same boot minus Dynafit binding compatible pivot points).

With my footbeds from my Salomons, I needed only a minor increase in the Varus wedge, to keep my medial malleolar protrusions from rubbing (through the liner) on the medial pivot pins on the shell.

Fit is precise.

Shell is close to the foot.

Flex is about midrange skier stiff, perhaps slightly stiffer. I'll ski them on some crud to see if they're sturdy enough. If not, I'll follow Jonathan Shefftz's advice to pirate the tongue off my old San Marco AXS boots, and use it on the Garmonts.

Thanks to Jonathan for sending me his knowledge on the selections I worked with.
post #2 of 3
I'm doing pretty much the same type of hunt.
Have you tried on the Scarpa Lasers in your size?
(If so, what width and volume-over-the-instep would you give them)....

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hey climber, I did try on the Laser. too roomy for me EVERYwhere. too much instep and ankle volume, for sure.

in terms of roominess, I would rate the boots I tried this way:

widest/highest volume: Scarpa Laser

medium: Lowa Struktura Evo

narrowest/lowest volume: Garmont Mega-Ride or G-Ride (same boot, and the "Mega" version just adds Dynafit binding capacity)

Notice, I'm talking about fit in the shop. Haven't skied them yet. But I have lots of experience with bootfitting on myself and others, and I'm pretty good at knowing what fits a certain type of foot.
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