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Need help selecting a ski boot- narrowed it down to 2

post #1 of 13
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I am an intermediate level skier and ski 1-2 times a yr on average. Im sick of rental boots and want my own.  So i went to a few stores and tried on a few pairs of boots and found these two fit the best.

 

1. Rossignol Alias Sensor 80 ($350 - on sale for $199) - 104 mm

2. K2 Spyne 90  ($399) - 102 mm

 

 

Obviously i would like to save money and both are comparable quality.  I found the K2's to be a bit more snug (especially around the heel)  but the Rossi's fit quite well too.    

 

Also my foot width is 101mm.

 

Any suggestions on which one I should go with?  thanks so much! 

post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

Anyone? 

post #3 of 13

If you want to save yourself time, and money, go to a boot fitter, and take their recommendations. 

 

Beyond that, get the one that fits best and start the upgrade process (liner, insoles, etc).

post #4 of 13
No one here can tell you which boot is best for you. That is why you go to a good boot fitter.

Depending on your weight and ability, these boots may be too soft. Certainly they are too wide. They are going to pack out in two weeks of skiing. Which, if you only go two days a year, means that in five years you'll need new boots. So, maybe you'll be alright. No worse than using rental boots except for the expense.
post #5 of 13

To emphasize what sibhusky said--While there shouldn't be really painful spots a properly fitting pair of boots will feel very snug in the store, and will pack out over a period of days. A boot that is too tight can be fixed but a boot that is too loose cannot (and a boot that is too stiff can be softened; a boot that is too soft cannot be stiffened). If there's one piece of gear not to cut corners on it's boots.I learned that the hard way. A lot of people feel fitters are only for experts--in truth beinning and intermediate skiers can benefit the most, while an expert skier knows from experience what size they should wear and what a good fitting boot should feel like.

post #6 of 13
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Thanks- what do you mean by packing out?  I dont think these boots were too wide- they both fit very well

post #7 of 13
The inner boot gets squished and thinner, conforming to your foot and the pressure of just skiing. Then your foot starts slopping inside the boot, leading to reduced control of the ski. Ski boots should never fit like street shoes. They are the way you communicate with the ski.
post #8 of 13
When we say very snug, we mean that it is evenly compressed all over, to the point that it's sort of scary snug. Not painful, just like it feels when they take your blood pressure, but all over the foot.
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post #10 of 13
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Thanks- what do you mean by packing out?  I dont think these boots were too wide- they both fit very well

The liners are squishy...and their shapes change a little as you force the boots on the snow...the softer liners for the softer boots will change even a bit more than the harder liners for the harder flex boots...so your boots may get a bit roomier after a few day's use...that's why you need to get a pair of snugger boots rather than a looser pair...too much "..."...

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Thanks- what do you mean by packing out?  I dont think these boots were too wide- they both fit very well

Jason, with respect, you don't know what you don't know yet. Boots that feel great out of the box are almost always too big/wide/etc... unless you have some experience and understand what 'fits well' actually means. Just go to a shop with a reliable fitter, suck it up, and do the right thing. Buy last years skis and used clothing if ou need to save money, but don't screw around with boots.
post #12 of 13

+1 to what sibhusky, oldgoat and markojp said.  I always thought I had fairly wide feet until I finally went to someone who took the time to get me into properly fitting boots, turned out my feet are narrower than I thought.  My skiing improved instantly the first time I skied in those boots.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology and you will having a much better understanding.

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Thanks- what do you mean by packing out?  I dont think these boots were too wide- they both fit very well


 



Hhmm... intermediate skier... 2 days a year skiing.... not know meaning of "packing out"...

99.99% of the responses you will get is to go to a Boot Fitter to get your answers there. Because the fact that you believe your boots "fit very well" means they are TOO big.
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