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Cheap ass mountain biker looking for ski boots!

post #1 of 5
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I love skiing, but hardly get the time or have the money due to location and very serious beer, mountain biking and motorcycle addictions. biggrin.gif The local rental ski boots in my area are between truly terrible to acceptable but too wide. Unfortunately low budget seems to mean beginner = flexy and wide, which is not really what I'm after. Approx budget is $300.

More information:
  • age:40
  • years skiing: 37
  • skill level: low advanced
  • weight: 95kg (210lbs)
  • foot size: 28.5-29.5
  • foot width: narrow (90mm at widest point with socks - Vernier calipers)
  • local terrain: icy piste
  • flex: not sure but fairly stiff
  • style: traditional alpine


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post #2 of 5

in general narrow boots = stiff boots = "racer" boots = more money.

 

but if you can find a store with some old stock, that might be an option.

 

is your foot really 90mm wide, in a size 28?     so your foot looks like a pencil????

 

 

where are you?  maybe we can suggest a store that might have the skills to help you.

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Originally Posted by Lewn777 View Post

I love skiing, but hardly get the time or have the money due to location and very serious beer, mountain biking and motorcycle addictions. biggrin.gif The local rental ski boots in my area are between truly terrible to acceptable but too wide. Unfortunately low budget seems to mean beginner = flexy and wide, which is not really what I'm after. Approx budget is $300.

More information:
  • age:40---:o
  • years skiing: 37---(wow you started at 3 yrs old):cool
  • skill level: low advanced-----need an upper level boot (120/130 flex):D
  • weight: 95kg (210lbs)----need an upper level boot (120/130 flex):D
  • foot size: 28.5-29.5----are you a 28.5 or 29.5?----:rolleyes
  • foot width: narrow (90mm at widest point with socks - Vernier calipers)-----Need a narrow boot generally only available in upper level boots, $700.00 to $900.00----:eek
  • local terrain: icy piste---ouch:ski
  • flex: not sure but fairly stiff----need an upper level boot (120/130 flex):D
  • style: traditional alpine----Thumbs Up

 

never go cheap on your boots, they are way too important!!!!!  they will last a long time and be worth the investment----the beer is worth your investment---you sink your money on that and it all goes down the drain, so to speak!----:beercheer:

 

mike



Many thanks! smile.gif
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Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike and Mn,

 

I'm going to try to get the nearest boot I can to ideal for the money I have, in terms of narrow and stiff. I'd love to go for Lange, because I've been oggling their boots since I was a kid. However the boots I want ideally are not what I can afford. If I spent that much on the boots then skiing is strictly off the cards until next season. :(

 

The thing is I've suffered ill fitting beginner boots and skis my whole life, as I ski so few days each year I've always rationalized lack of spending due to lack of days on the mountain and rented. The thing is the abysmal boots I've rented before, nearly anything is acceptable will be light-years better. But if I keep the boots 10 years then they'll pay for themselves anyhow.

 

I measured my foot again and I came up to something nearer to 100mm with regular ski socks on

 

Someone PM'd me with the idea of picking up a pair of 2012 Rossignol Radical WC 130 28.5 Mens Ski Boots. Then if I'm lucky enough I'll try to get them fitted a bit better with an off-the-shelf insole.

 

Thanks for your time,

Lew

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Oh, I measured my feet according to the wall and book method, they are both 29.2mm. Therefore I presume I must use 29.5mm boots? So 29.2 x 100 as far as I can tell, within the margin of error of my tools.

Also some extra information:

I live in mainland China, that's why my piste is 'icy' and has probably max 600m vert drop resorts in Hebei province. However I will probably also ski in Korea and Japan at some time. Korea can be icy like China (dry and snow machines and -10 to -20c average in January). Japan though is much softer and more natural and warmer, and is a definite maybe, but cost is a factor. My best friend is from Britain as I am and skis in the alps in Switzerland and France (usually a mont Blanc resort) so that's always a possible. Then again I have family in Whistler BC also in Alberta and in more in Boulder CO, and Telluride, Vail etc etc are all on my bucket list too!

So a lot of potential locations....cool.gif
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