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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

Here is the long story, yesterday I had a free time and I went to REI tried some ski boots (I had tried Lange RX 130 boot...)

The bootfiter at REI measured my leg as between 27.5 and 28 (but more to 27.5), So I had tried some boots in 27.5 and seems the size is correct.

Now, here is the problem I have: my current boot is size 28 (Actually on the boot: Size 280-285 and shell is 324 mm) I belive Tecnica doesn't make 1/2 sizes (it is Tecnica Diablo Ultrafeet from 2006)

 

Now, I have to mount a binding to my new ski (and I am not planning to buy new boots this season), I will mount at recomended line.

So, the question, in future (next season or so) if I am going to buy a new boots with size 27.5 (and shell will be smaler than 324 mm), would I have to re-drill the ski? If I won't have to re-drill, would that mean that the binding/boot won't be mounted at the center line anymore?

 

My binding is Salomon WTR 13 and ski bonafides.

(or 1/2 the size is not a big deal and should not worry about it?)

 

Thank you,

 

Oleg

post #2 of 8

Nobody makes actual half-size boots, The footbed in your size 28 is just thinner than it would be in the 28.5.  Unless your future boots have a significantly different sole length from your current 324 there shouldn't be any need for a re-drill.

post #3 of 8

You cannot possibly make allowances now for a boot you don't plan to buy this season. 

Mount the binding for the boots you have.    Ski the ski this season, ski it lots  and don't worry about it. 

post #4 of 8

OlegS-  

 

Sorry to be blunt, but the questions you posted over time suggest a certain pattern...  First of all, if REI measured your boot at 27.5 and you are in the 28 shell, your boots are too big.  For sure one size big and most likely two sizes too big.  You are looking at a 130 flex boots, these are high performance enough that the right size matters and matters a lot.  So, please, do everyone here a favor, go to a real boot fitter (hint, they do not work at REI), and get boots that fit.  I admire your urge to save some $$$, but this is pennywise and pound-foolish.  Next year you are going to buy new boots at REI at 50%off (because it's unbearable for you to pay the Tahoe prices, and besides, you drove 4 hours to ski and not spend time in a shop, right), they will be a wrong shell (but a truly irresistible bargain, so how could you pass on that) and the pattern will repeat itself.   The Bonafide is a nice ski, but as you well know it's an expert-level ski, and I can guarantee you that driving it in a boot that is too big is not going to be much fun.  Unfortunately, I know plenty of guys like you... You have been warned.

 

To answer your questions: yes, the mount line will shift, but insignificantly so.  Almost any ski has a big enough sweet spot that it will be truly unnoticeable.  Not that you would have any chance to feel that difference in boots that are that big:  your feet will slide back and forth more than the mount offset.   Boot shells only come in one size increments (i.e. 27.5, 28.5 etc.).  The half size differences are in the liner and pack out after a few runs.  Good shops do not even carry half sizes, (but REI does because they have clueless salespeople and clueless customers). 

post #5 of 8

As for the actual question, the heel piece of your bindings will have a worm screw or track with a lock tab that allows for some play forward and backwards of the mount position on the ski.  There is usually enough extra room to allow for a boot size larger and a boot size smaller if the heel is mounted properly.  They need a little play front and back to adjust the forward pressure.  So, odds are very good that a a slight change in boot shell size, like one point, can still be accommodated without needing to re drill.

 

Please DO be sure that the boots fit.  If they feel GREAT in the store they are likely too big and will pack out to HUGE and sloppy after a couple days of actually skiing in them.  Many here have ended up with boots that were too big at one time or another and regretted it.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

I haven't bough my current boots at REI, nor am I planning to buy my future boots at REI.

Yes, I do understand that with any flex over 100 -- bootfeeter is a must and I am planning to do that (next season)

(will probably try boots in 110-120 flex rate, 130 flex is never been under the radar, it was just a boot available to try ... that was it)

I've never feel that my current boots are too big until this season or may be a little bit earlier (I don't know why, is it because I started to ski better (probably not) or because due to the age of the boot, the liner became worn out.....

 

Any how, the most important part, I got an info that I would not have to re-drill the ski and that even the binding would a little bit at front with smaller boots, it would most likely be unnoticeable...

 

Thank you all for the information

 

[P.S. I would show my current boots to bootfeeter and may be he/she could make it smaller by ... magic]

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post
 

I haven't bough my current boots at REI, nor am I planning to buy my future boots at REI.

Yes, I do understand that with any flex over 100 -- bootfeeter is a must and I am planning to do that (next season)

(will probably try boots in 110-120 flex rate, 130 flex is never been under the radar, it was just a boot available to try ... that was it)

I've never feel that my current boots are too big until this season or may be a little bit earlier (I don't know why, is it because I started to ski better (probably not) or because due to the age of the boot, the liner became worn out.....

 

Any how, the most important part, I got an info that I would not have to re-drill the ski and that even the binding would a little bit at front with smaller boots, it would most likely be unnoticeable...

 

Thank you all for the information

 

[P.S. I would show my current boots to bootfeeter and may be he/she could make it smaller by ... magic]

No magic in the world can make boots smaller... but you already know that...  Also, be aware that properly fitting boots will contribute to your skiing by far more than any other new piece of gear.  But, again, you already know that... :-)

post #8 of 8

The Sth2 13 has 28mm of travel, you will have no problem going to a 315mm shell. Mount the skis to a 315 BSL and adjust out to the 325 that you are in.

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