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Will Head Raptor 130 boots work for me

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I am currently in a Nordica Firearrow F1 with a 100 last (28.5 mondo size).  I have a protruding 5th metatarsal bone that (brings my last to 105 last and caused a pressure point just in that area).  I have a good boot fitter who was able to mold the shell to a point that they are now very comfortable, but the boots do not respond they way I would like them to.  I am skiing GS gates with my son's U12 team and need more of a race boot.  

 

I was considering the Head Raptor 130 RS which has a 98 last.  Given the 2mm less width, I am wondering if this boot will be as moldable (is the shell thick enough to be molded without becoming too thin) and is this a good race boot?

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I am currently in a Nordica Firearrow F1 with a 100 last (28.5 mondo size).  I have a protruding 5th metatarsal bone that (brings my last to 105 last and caused a pressure point just in that area).  I have a good boot fitter who was able to mold the shell to a point that they are now very comfortable, but the boots do not respond they way I would like them to.  I am skiing GS gates with my son's U12 team and need more of a race boot.  

 

I was considering the Head Raptor 130 RS which has a 98 last.  Given the 2mm less width, I am wondering if this boot will be as moldable (is the shell thick enough to be molded without becoming too thin) and is this a good race boot?

The Head boot you mentioned is a 98mm last in a 26.5 shell and will progressively get wider as you go up in size---in a 28.5 it should be 4mm wider, which would be about 102mm, you should then be able to have the boot stretched 3mm with no problem.

 

good luck

 

mike

post #3 of 6
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Thank you

post #4 of 6

the Raptor is a great boot if it works for your foot and your body, work with your local race boot fitter to get the best from the boot (which ever one it is) it might be there is a better option, but working with someone experienced in dealing with that type of boots is a must to get the right size and shape, this is only the start, race boots can have a lot of adjustment made to them to make them work better.... poor fitting can make them the most uncomfortable thing you will ever own, good fitting can make them a dream to ski in

post #5 of 6

Hi RaceGuy,

The Raptor 130 is a great boot!  The urethane shell responds with ease when stretching and is thick enough in the wall to allow some grinding at the point of collision..  I have had good success in stretching the Raptor for 5th met issues.  Obviously, a well conceived footbed reduces the outward twisting of the foot that causes the enlargement of the 5th.  So start with the foundation.  The Raptor has much better mid to rearfoot containment than the FireArrow.  It has a snapier response.

cheers,

Bob Gleason

post #6 of 6

I'll throw my support behind the Raptor as well.  We sell piles because they ski so well and are very modifiable.  98mm last should work fine for you!

 

Lou

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