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Time to retire old boots?

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I have 8 year old Head World Cup boots in a 104 last. These boots have been the most comfortable boots I've ever had the pleasure of wearing so much so that I bought a 2nd pair on ebay. I have Zipfit liners along with Surefoot footbeds from Footloose in Mammoth. Last season I put a 4mm lift under the toe of my Rossi turntable bindings that did wonders for my stance in that I felt centered over my skis for a change. I'm skiing on Icelantic Shamans that have a huge amount of sidecut. It seems that by putting the shim under the toe piece that I changed my stance to mimic newer boots. Is this a band aid fix and  should I bite the bullet and spring for new boots? I know you should but the boot that fits but where should I start in terms of wide lasts? I like the idea of 3 piece shell like the Dalbellos. Any possibilities along those lines given my width requirements?

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I have 8 year old Head World Cup boots in a 104 last. These boots have been the most comfortable boots I've ever had the pleasure of wearing so much so that I bought a 2nd pair on ebay. I have Zipfit liners along with Surefoot footbeds from Footloose in Mammoth. Last season I put a 4mm lift under the toe of my Rossi turntable bindings that did wonders for my stance in that I felt centered over my skis for a change. I'm skiing on Icelantic Shamans that have a huge amount of sidecut. It seems that by putting the shim under the toe piece that I changed my stance to mimic newer boots. Is this a band aid fix and  should I bite the bullet and spring for new boots? I know you should but the boot that fits but where should I start in terms of wide lasts? I like the idea of 3 piece shell like the Dalbellos. Any possibilities along those lines given my width requirements?

are your boot soles worn out?

 

do you plan to move the liner and custom insoles to the new boots?

 

If the new  boot is more upright (most are way more upright) you might need to take the lift out from under the binding toe piece to balance up.

 

3 piece shell will not feel like a WC 4 buckle boot in terms of control available.

 

mike

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Boot soles are still looking good. The heels have replaceable inserts that I can't find anymore. With the Rossi turntable heels it doesn't look like I need a real sharp edge on the back of the sole. The zipfits look ok. I could reuse the zipfits but that is not a deal breaker if I can't. I'd like to reuse the footbeds but I'd get new ones in a heartbeat if necessary.

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footloose in mamouth are a great shop and you have experience with them with the liners & footbeds, (they would be Superfeet footbeds, surefoot is a chain of shops)  if you are anywhere close to them why not go pay them a visit and see what they suggest as a suitable boot, we can suggest all sorts of options on here but until your feet are in front of a boot fitter the suggestions may only serve to cause confusion... the boot you have was a 103mm lasted shell in size 27 (most brands take their last measurement in 26 head for some reason use 27)  and has been replaced by a boot which is 98mm in a size 27, this may sound like a very big change in width, it is BUT remember it is easy to make a boot wider, the most important areas to get tight out the box are the heel/ankle region and then let your fitter work a bit of magic on the front end

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