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Need help with choosing a ski boot [eastern Europe]

post #1 of 11
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Hello. I want to buy a new pair of ski boots. Looking to invest about 750-900$. My main issue is the boot fitter. I would gladly pay 200$ to have my boots fitted but theres none in my area. I live in Eastern Europe and the closest boot fitter I could find is 2500 km away in Austria.
I currently own a pair of Salomon Quest access 70 but I find em a bit too narrow. My pinky toe and the next one get numb after just 30-40 min of skiing and they also give me some nasty pain on the side of my foot.
About me: weight 210 ponds (102kgs), height 6.1 (1.87m), foot size 28 cm, width 112 mm, also I have thin shins (just like a hobbit), skill lvl intermediate-advance
I was taking a glance at Dalbello's Pan Terra with the I. D. Lining (heat moldable). Seems that the boots can be customised quite easy at home. (Not gonna gonna try to heat mold the outer shell). They have a toe buckle that ajusts the width of the front of the boot-from 101 to 103 mm that seems like a good feature.
What flex would you guys recomend? Is 120 a bit too much for my skill lvl or will my weight compensate? (With all the gear on me I wight about 230-235 pounds).
As I said I can't reach a boot fitter. At leat not this season for sure.

Thank you all in advance.
post #2 of 11

Its fairly impossible to give a good recommendation without actually seeing your feet and doing some other analyzing  that factors in to fit and flex. Where do you typically ski?  I'd be surprised if there isn't someone to fit you near where you ski.

 Perhaps @CEM knows someone closer to you that can help you out

 

It would be sad to see you spend 700.00+ for boots that don't fit well. 

post #3 of 11

Don't buy over the internet.  Buy from a bootfitter near where you ski.  

Schedule extra time to do this when you go ski.  
 

post #4 of 11
He's in Romania. A good boot fitter may not be something they worry about. The reviews sound like it might be less "resort" like than we have. Not sure this place is where he skis, but..
http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/skiresorts/resortreviews.aspx/Poiana-Brasov#.U9-ocajnaaw
http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/europe/Touring-Transylvania-A-Romanian-Ski-Trip.html
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

He's in Romania. A good boot fitter may not be something they worry about. The reviews sound like it might be less "resort" like than we have. Not sure this place is where he skis, but..
http://www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/skiresorts/resortreviews.aspx/Poiana-Brasov#.U9-ocajnaaw
http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/europe/Touring-Transylvania-A-Romanian-Ski-Trip.html


Its a 2h drvive to that resort and I skied there severeal times but I couldnt find a boot fitter. There are some girls that sell things there who just look cute and thats all.
If there would be a boot fitter there id waste no time an would go by myself some boots.
post #6 of 11

I'm sorry if my post seemed to be the usual, "only get boots from a bootfitter", but you're describing fit concerns that will likely be an issue if you buy boots on line. 

 

You say you have skinny legs, which means that you need something with a snug cuff, or you may want to invest in a booster strap.  

If your only real issue with the Salomon Quest is the pinky toe, then perhaps you can make room in the toe with a heat gun or dremel. 

It depends on what is causing the toe to go numb. 

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

I'm sorry if my post seemed to be the usual, "only get boots from a bootfitter", but you're describing fit concerns that will likely be an issue if you buy boots on line. 

You say you have skinny legs, which means that you need something with a snug cuff, or you may want to invest in a booster strap.  
If your only real issue with the Salomon Quest is the pinky toe, then perhaps you can make room in the toe with a heat gun or dremel. 
It depends on what is causing the toe to go numb. 

The problem with the Salomon Quest access is that they have a 98mm width and I my foot is 101mm wide. If I loosen up the buckles my ankle and heel have space to move (when lifting the leg a gap is formed between my foot and the sole). If I thighten the buckles my fingers go numb and I also get a lot of pain on the outer edges of my foot. Also the 70 flex its a bit too low for my weight. The boots were gifted to me by a person without any skiing background so I didnt have the chance to try em on before buying.
Won't waste my money trying to fit this pair.
post #8 of 11
I thought you said the width was 112? Seems like a big difference from 101?

Maybe supply the actual, ruler, measurement of your foot (length, width, circumference around instep), photos taken from all angles, and someone can point you to something that may come close. Doesn't mean you shouldn't see a boot fitter, though. Might need that trip to Austria.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yeah its 101. Will have to edit the post.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sebastian85 View Post


The problem with the Salomon Quest access is that they have a 98mm width and I my foot is 101mm wide. If I loosen up the buckles my ankle and heel have space to move (when lifting the leg a gap is formed between my foot and the sole). If I thighten the buckles my fingers go numb and I also get a lot of pain on the outer edges of my foot. Also the 70 flex its a bit too low for my weight. The boots were gifted to me by a person without any skiing background so I didnt have the chance to try em on before buying.
Won't waste my money trying to fit this pair.

This is where a good fitter can be necessary. 

 

The part I made bold above is an indicator that, you may be in a boot too big which is making it necessary to tighten the buckles too much, causing uneven pressure = numbness

 

^^^^but that's just an educated guess. 

post #11 of 11
Given we've decided that 90% of the general skier population is in boots that are too big, it's sort of a gimme.
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