First I'd like to mention I did read the Which Boot Will Work For Me guide, many of Lou's excellent articles, Charlie Bradley's Boot Fitting 101 and 201.
I'm a man but I need 24.5 boots (had my feet measured many times and it was confirmed through shell fits). Last 96mm left foot, 100mm right foot.
I was looking for a flex rating of 90-110.
So I've been searching for the right pair of boots for a couple of weeks now. I really want to find the right boot and I understand this process can take time.
First I've first reached to the one bootfitting place listed on Epic for the Montreal area, Austrian Ski Shop. Sadly they had nothing of size 24.5 .
Afterwards I proceeded with the phone, out of the 20 or so shops I called, a handful had this size in stock (most do not even carry it).
Until now, I didn't find a perfect match.
I was especially having trouble with the malleolus area, either medial, lateral or in some cases, both.
Some boots just plain hurt the malleolus area as soon as I put them on, like the Nordica Speed machine.
The four one below are the best I found so far. They have a good shell fit and felt like a snug but not too tight fit on the length and forward foot width.
But they still had some degree of discomfort at the malleolus (medial or lateral)
They are :
- Salomon Falcon CS Pro (2008 or 2009), new old stock, 120 flex (bit stiff for my taste), well reviewed here on Epic.
- Salomon X Max LC 100, a bit snuggier than the Falcon
- Atomic Hawk 110. Need try these again, it's been a while. But I remember more lateral malleolus discomfort than the Salomons.
- Nordica Transfire R-something. I don't remember malleolus discomfort on these but I did feel discomfort on the tibia when flexed...
Those that did not fit :
Lange, Atomic Redster (pain), Nordica Speed Machine (more pain), many others I don't recount.
From searching the forums I found a few references :
- La Shop in St. Sauveur (closest to me)
- Daniel Lachance in Tremblant
- Raynald Demers at Brunelle Sports, Mont Sainte-Anne
- Frank Dinardo in Ottawa
I will try to phone one of them tomorrow.
My question to you guys :
The boot sales guy said the two Salomons can be heated and worked on so that the malleolus pressure points will go away just by wearing them for a while after being heated. Can it possibibly make that much of a difference? I'm not sure if these guys would actually qualify as "real" bootfitters...
Thanks in advance.