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Boot last (width) questions

post #1 of 7
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I'm trying to wrap my head around ski boot sizing. I have a wider than normal foot but I still wear normal width running shoes. Granted running shoes can and do stretch a little.

 

A little background on me... I'm an intermediate skier and snowboarder and don't get to ski more than 1-2 weeks a year since I live in GA. I typically have to undo the buckles on ski boots on every lift ride and undo snowboard boot laces every couple hours because they cut the circulation to the toes on my right foot. If I forget or don't notice until it's too late, I end up with nerve damage between my big toe and the next smallest toe which is the end of the deep peroneal nerve. This is the 2nd of the last 3 times out I've ended the trip with nerve damage. I really want to correct this but I'm not sure I know how.

 

My right foot is approximately 110mm wide and my left foot is 108mm wide. I wear a 27.5 boot or 9.5 shoe. My right foot is closer to 27.0 and my left foot is 27.5. When I look at ski boots, I see widths up to 104mm. On paper, that still sounds really narrow to me, especially since I know I have to wear thick wool socks to keep my feet from turning to ice before I get to the end of the first lift. The other problem is that the 102-104mm boots I see are purely beginner boots.

 

Considering I wear normal width shoes, I find it really hard to believe that 104mm is truly a "wide" boot. So is 104mm an actual internal measurement, basic measurement based on a certain size, or is it even more vague than that? If 104 is true measurement, is the only option to get custom shells?

post #2 of 7

A 9.5 shoe is a 26 Mondo boot typically.  However, the problem is you are trying to buy boots in your width and they really don't exist.  That is what fitters are for.  You won't find what you need on the shelf.  A good fitter will have to p;ice a good starting boot then modify the boot until it fits.

 

Lou

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Thanks. Someone else mentioned I needed a 26 shell as well. I figure if I can at least get close and find a boot I like, I can go to a boot fitter for final fitment. I'm generally untrusting of people who are selling me stuff so I'd prefer to do as much research as possible before going in...especially since there are no boot fitters near me.

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Originally Posted by jfw432 View Post
 

Thanks. Someone else mentioned I needed a 26 shell as well. I figure if I can at least get close and find a boot I like, I can go to a boot fitter for final fitment. I'm generally untrusting of people who are selling me stuff so I'd prefer to do as much research as possible before going in...especially since there are no boot fitters near me.

There is no way to 'research' boot fit without putting your foot into boots, if you do that without a little directed guidance you will get it wrong 99 times out of 100. It is honestly as simple as that.

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
 

There is no way to 'research' boot fit without putting your foot into boots, if you do that without a little directed guidance you will get it wrong 99 times out of 100. It is honestly as simple as that.


Although I agree with you in a way...I also agree that doing everything your custom fitter says to do is a guaranteed way to ensure it's wrong 99 out of 100 times as well.

 

I probably sound like an idiot looking for the easy way but hear me out. I've been custom fitted for mountain biking, golf, running, waterskiing, and a multitude of other things. I'm incredibly picky about my gear and a tweaker at heart. I have always been gracious of what the knowledgeable fitters have told me and explained to me but ultimately realize that they can only offer recommendations without spending a day or weeks with me doing the sport. Using the knowledge to make fine tuning on my own has been the most valuable tool.

post #6 of 7

Sure,   order a bunch of boots,   and try them all one, and bring in the one you like the best.

 

the store will charge you for there time, but then you can pick the one you like the best

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me     might help you with some more info

 

if you wear normal width runners, I dont see why you can't  wear "normal" width ski boots too. 

 

thsi all might be a problem that doesn't exist?

post #7 of 7

I wonder what a normal width ski boot is?

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