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post #1 of 10
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My toddler is a size 14.5 for a ski boot.  I have 18.5 boots left over from my other son.  Is it really necessary to get him smaller ski boots if I can tighten the larger ones down enough where his foot wont fall out?  Thanks a bunch for your help!

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Originally Posted by chubbsjp View Post
 

My toddler is a size 14.5 for a ski boot.  I have 18.5 boots left over from my other son.  Is it really necessary to get him smaller ski boots if I can tighten the larger ones down enough where his foot wont fall out?  Thanks a bunch for your help!

An 18.5 for a 14.5 boot is like putting someone who is a 26.5 in a 30.5 boot. You just don't do it and expect them to enjoy the sport. A toddler beady las enough strength to flex the correct size boot let alone one that is 4 sizes too big. If you are going to get him on skis, make sure they are not much past the chin at the most. 

post #3 of 10

Then there's the difference in cuff height between the two... for little guys, this is both critical and potentially dangerous.

post #4 of 10

The little kids/tots programs at most resorts include gear so why not just use their gear.  As for goofing around at home in the yard, perhaps they could play in the bigger boots just to learn a bit about walking in ski boots, but don't take them out on the mountain.  They'll have a bad experience, feet will get very cold, they won't be able to do anything, and as mentioned, perhaps get seriously injured.  If you want them to love skiing get them what they need to actually ski.

 

FWIW, all my kids ski used gear including boots. You can find boots that fit better for under fifty bucks delivered if you try.

post #5 of 10
There may be seasonal rentals near you as well. For us, we always got new arrivals to the shop's rental pool when we did seasonal renting. Then the next year the stuff we used was in their daily rentals. So, we always had brand new boots, but could swap them at any point in the season if there were issues.
post #6 of 10

It does matter, absolutely. I have some Nordica Nordy's in a 14.5 I'd sell you for $25, but they are technically a girls boot, so white with purple. They are in great condition.

post #7 of 10

As the others wrote - dont do it.  That would be bad bad bad.

 

 

 

 

Most ski stores have great deals on kids boots.  New $50.  And, a lot of good stores will take them back on trade for $25 gauranteed for upto 2 years after purchase.  (You many wonder why they offer such a good deal - loss leader: get you in the door at cost on first pair of kids boots - customer for life - it works.)

 

Then these stores, sell these used boots for $25.  So you can likely get em for $25.

 

Ski swaps (on now) - likley $5 or ask around, should be able to get em for free.

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Originally Posted by chubbsjp View Post
 

My toddler is a size 14.5 for a ski boot.  I have 18.5 boots left over from my other son.  Is it really necessary to get him smaller ski boots if I can tighten the larger ones down enough where his foot wont fall out?  Thanks a bunch for your help!

Do you want to be in a pair of boots that are 4 sizes larger than your normal size?

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the input!  I have a local shop with seasonal rental but the cost is $100.  I can certainly buy skis and boots cheaper than $100.  I just wanted to know if it mattered if he had some extra room in there.  Thanks again for all the input!

post #10 of 10

I remember learning how to ski when I was little and I always got hand me downs from my sister, and eventually my mother too. Some of them were okay but some fit so poorly and really made skiing miserable for me. This meant I basically didn't ski from 13  years of age until 22 because I hated it so much! When I got older I realized gear shouldn't be painful and started to enjoy skiing again :)

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