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In the quest for boot fit and being able to convey information to the boot fitter - how should the boot feel on the foot?

 

I've heard in the past that the boot should feel like a firm handshake, this may be true (or not).

 

In a perfect world (which doesn't exist) would the arch/heel/ankle/lower leg snug and the toes have wiggle room - how much wiggle room? and how snug is snug?

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In the quest for boot fit and being able to convey information to the boot fitter - how should the boot feel on the foot?

 

I've heard in the past that the boot should feel like a firm handshake, this may be true (or not).

 

In a perfect world (which doesn't exist) would the arch/heel/ankle/lower leg snug and the toes have wiggle room - how much wiggle room? and how snug is snug?

 

steveb,

 

     I think your descriptive fits the idea pretty well (a firm hand shake would hold you and not let you go)---I would add that the skiers heel should be retained --- back into the heel pocket pocket of the shell, and the only way to do this is to tighten the ankle buckle (the only one that won't put your foot to sleep on a 4 buckle boot)  till it is too tight and would hurt, then back off on that buckle till it is just comfortable. This is the only way to hold your heels back in the boot and not bump your toes, assuming you have the right size boots on in the first place (shell fit).

 

      I once skied with a friend who complained of banging his toes---I asked how tight he had his buckles and he said "they were as tight as he could get them"---I then re buckled his boots for him and found that I could tighten the ankle by 3 more ladder rungs on the ankle buckle.  I then asked him what he meant by " they were as tight as he could get them" he said "the buckles were hard to close".  This did not address whether he had his heels held in place, just that the buckle had poor leverage.

 

     A firm hand shake is pretty snug---I would say.  

 

     As far as wiggle room is concerned--- If a toe cap is used when the liner is molded you should be able to just touch the inside of the liner with a little wiggle room.  Keep in mind if you have "shell sized" correctly and your foot and the liner is held in the back of the heel pocket of the boot shell,  you should be able to wiggle the liner up and down without feeling the shell on the ends of your toes (there should be some space ahead of the liner between it and the shell).

 

mike

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Thanks Mike for taking the time to reply..

 

I'll be going in to see my local fitter sometime in Oct to look at replacing my 5yr old Dragons - not that they really need replacing but by the sounds of it from your description I'm in the wrong boot or wrong shape of boot as I have never achieved a 'handshake fit' though I make do.

 

Maybe now I can convey my observations better using the input that you have provided. Shell fit is may be a bit large - If i check it I'll get about 3/4" at the back. I've got ankle hold and top buckle is not great.

 

In my old Lange's (FR120's) I'd get cutoff at the forefoot/shin junction in general (crushing the arch - I have custom foot beds) the same fitter moved me to the Dragons.

 

 

I have a wide forefoot, high arch and high overstep ( meaning that the area where the lower boot meets the upper boot needs to be somewhat generous or rounded so that it doesn't cut off the area where the shin meets the forefoot) , low volume heel and low volume calve.

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