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Choices in a race boot for solid size 14 foot?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

20 years out of the sport and the last boots I used were Salomon [that had all the guts ripped out and liner toes ground down] and the biggest Lange comp with different liner and the toes blown out as much as possible. Ugly I know.

 

32-32.5 is my guess and I need as much stiffness as I can get.

 

I expect a [very] short list but trying to figure out where to start if anywhere.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 8

1)  why do you need a full race boot?   LOTS more options, that are still VERY stiff, in a less narrow boot?   True race boots, are VERY narrow, and VERY stiff, and usually only go up to a 28ish

 

 

2)  where are you located,   odds are we can suggest a store to help you with the search.  Better to look for a good store, and odds are they will have the right product for you, then look for product, that an average store will not know what to do with, or even have in stock

 

 

3)  if you are 14 shoe, you will NOT be a 14 in a ski boot.  more like a 30 depending on brand and the fit you are looking for   This will give you LOTs more options,  well at least a few more/.

 

 

4)  lots of things have changed in 20 years since you last where in the sport.  Skis are shorter, wider, and have more shape.   To work better with the new skis, boots are more upright, softer, (and warmer and lighter too)

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for you post.

 

1. Former life time skier/racer/coach. Last NASTAR handicap was a 1 and I'm thinking about doing some Masters racing next year. Way over 6' tall and 230# at < 10 percent body fat, I crush boots. Pretty much any race boot I was ever in was modified to make it stiffer including my Langes

 

2. I'm in the thick of things in VT but just trying to get a clue before I go bugging friends still in the business.

 

3. Size 14 is optimistic. Running shoes are a 15's and I never fit in any race boots without massive mods back in the dark ages.catch up on. My Bont cycling shoes are size 50.

 

4. Yeah, I have a lot to catch up on. My feet took a beating [several bad freezings] from my time in the business so I will probably have to compromise as warmth will be paramount.

post #4 of 8

Recreational race boots are 98mm last which is the same as "C" width or average and are generally available to size 30 in several different flexes.  Head for instance makes the Raptor 115 and 130 up to size 30 and both are 98mm which can easily be blown out to "D" and "E" widths if necessary.  

 

Still if you are truly a size 15 then you may not be able to find anything in race boot land and have to follow Mtnlions advice.  When contacting us best to use actual Mondo measurement instead of U.S. sizes.  Any shop can measure you.

 

Lou

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

So…….

 

I'm thinking of just retro fitting my Lange Tii r with new liners/buckles. I have a bit less than 1/2" behind my sock less heel and the shell without a liner.

 

Given that and the personal information I've listed above, any advice on liners would be appreciated.

 

I've been looking at Zipfit Grand Prix and Intuition HD Race. Not sure the Zip comes in my size yet but the Intuition does.

 

Any other brands I should be considering?

 

Thanks again for you input.

post #6 of 8

just cause i am curious, what is the sole length in mm of your lange Tii?

 

jim

post #7 of 8

intuitions are both warm and light.  Get the thinnest and stiffest one that they make

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by starthaus View Post
 

just cause i am curious, what is the sole length in mm of your lange Tii?

 

jim

 

Jim, they are 350mm

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