Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny
Thanks for the tips guys. My primary issue are with the boots. My feet are very very wide and every ski boot I've had, even the wide ones, have had to be stretched out considerably by a boot fitter. Most off the rack tennis shoes don't fit me either unless they are 4E.
So, I can't really buy used XC gear or whatever because it's just not going to fit. Renting doesn't work for me either.
Fuzzy, I have wide feet too - also wear a 4E (tennis) shoe, and my alpine boots have a 103mm last, not because I want a bedroom slipper to ski in, but because I really need the width. I got into XC skiing last season, and plan to do a lot more. Bought a pair of these...
( Nice thing about REI is that you can Return-Every-Item! ;-)
I didn't do any 10 mile treks, but I found them snug yet comfortable, no width problems. One downside to those boots is that the ratchet strap is crap, so I bought a pair of these...
...and that solved that problem.
Note those boots are compatible with NNN BC bindings. Cheap used XC skis with NNN BC bindings can often be found at thrift stores, or on CL or eBay. If you're not planning on doing a lot of serious downhill an NNN BC setup could be a good way to go.
Here's a good video that discusses a few different NNN BC and 3 Pin/Telemark boot and binding options...
Edited by jc-ski - 11/15/13 at 10:40am