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Petite frame...can I use kids boots??

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I'm 5'2", 95lbs, intermediate skier.  We will be skiing a month on Sugar Mt.  (East Coast, groomed trails).  Nothing fancy, just recreational ski.  I'm in the market for a pair of boots and my questions is:  being that my frame is so petite, would it behoove me to actually get a pair made for girls?  I'm a tiny person and wondering if kids boots would have more of a benefit since I fall outside the average height and weight for women.  I'm looking for something with maybe a 60 flex, normal width...there really isn't anything very large about me and I'm noticing a lot of the boots coming out are catering to a wider calf and wider foot.   Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

 

Thanks!!!

 

Grace

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I'm 5'2", 95lbs, intermediate skier.  We will be skiing a month on Sugar Mt.  (East Coast, groomed trails).  Nothing fancy, just recreational ski.  I'm in the market for a pair of boots and my questions is:  being that my frame is so petite, would it behoove me to actually get a pair made for girls?  I'm a tiny person and wondering if kids boots would have more of a benefit since I fall outside the average height and weight for women.  I'm looking for something with maybe a 60 flex, normal width...there really isn't anything very large about me and I'm noticing a lot of the boots coming out are catering to a wider calf and wider foot.   Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

 

Thanks!!!

 

Grace

The short answer is "quite possibly".

 

What size shoes do you wear?

 

mike

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23.5 MP

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23.5 MP

If your foot measures 23.5 and is light and bony (verses thick and meaty) you might look at some of the adult 22.5 boots which have a 265/266mm sole length.  Several manufacturers make that size---some of the shells (Salomon & Fischer) could be heat molded and would be easily made to fit your feet correctly.  Be careful of getting too soft a boot, as this could cause you to have fore/aft balance problems and limit your ability to improve your technique.

 

At your height and weight you should not have any problem flexing a 80 flex boot.  Just think, at 2 Gs you are putting 190 lbs into that boot, provided your center of mass is oriented, ahead of the boot sole center, (not sitting back) you should easily flex the boot.

 

happy hunting

 

mike

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Thanks Mike for the reply.  I was going with a soft flex because that what was recommended for my ski level and my size...but that would definitely open up more options if you think I could go up to an 80.  I tried on a few pairs at a ski shop here in Atlanta (where I'm from) and 23.5 seemed to fit best (but I didn't try on anything smaller).  I have to admit the retailers weren't very informed on their inventory and the new girl thought mondopoint was a brand.  To say the least it was a little disconcerting as we were hoping to speak with someone knowledgeable.  Most of what I'm going off of is my own research.  We usually rent, but being this year we will be up there for an entire month, so we thought it best to purchase equipment.  Another user messaged me and said you're in SC, so we may end up just driving up there to see you.  I didn't realize so many factors went into buying a pair of boots!  

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Thanks Mike for the reply.  I was going with a soft flex because that what was recommended for my ski level and my size...but that would definitely open up more options if you think I could go up to an 80.  I tried on a few pairs at a ski shop here in Atlanta (where I'm from) and 23.5 seemed to fit best (but I didn't try on anything smaller).  I have to admit the retailers weren't very informed on their inventory and the new girl thought mondopoint was a brand.  To say the least it was a little disconcerting as we were hoping to speak with someone knowledgeable.  Most of what I'm going off of is my own research.  We usually rent, but being this year we will be up there for an entire month, so we thought it best to purchase equipment.  Another user messaged me and said you're in SC, so we may end up just driving up there to see you.  I didn't realize so many factors went into buying a pair of boots!  

You are about 3 hrs away (I am in Columbia, SC.) we have several boots which would fit you and know how to fit them.

 

Well it pays to read the entire post----my bad

 

mike

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