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High arch, wide foot

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I can't fasten buckle two over my arch without my foot aching. It gets better later in the day, say after lunch and is worse early in the season. I have foot beds, but they are over ten years old. Boots are a couple of years old. Nordicas 75 flex. I like them fine, but obviously I'm giving up a lot of control skiing loose all the time. Hard for closing the angles to have as much of an impact with loose boots. Can these boots be tweaked or am I better off with a different boot?
post #2 of 10

Impossible to say, but there are things that can be done to get more room.  Many high arched feet don't need a footbed so try taking it out to see if that gives you enough room.    If yes, but you like the feel of the footbed have a boot shop see if they can sand the footbed thinner and while they are at it they can grind the tongue thinner.

 

Lou

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks-I'll take the footbed out tonight and see how that feels!
post #4 of 10

a 75 flex ski boot, is too soft for anyone at any level of skiing that weighs more than 100 pounds. are you under age 12 or under 100 lbs?

 

ditch the boot, and get on snow with a boot that is firm enough to drive whatever ski you are using.

 

also, some feet do not need footbeds, that statement is correct. however it it very rare that the benefits of having your heel bone nicely cradled in a neutral position and having subtle contact on your arch is a problem in boot fitting. 

 

i would start by going to see a good boot fitter and find out if the boot you have is the right flex and fit, and have them assess your footbed to see if it is worth keeping it in the mix.

 

jim

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

About the flex - I chose 75 intentionally, as a compromise between comfort for 12 hour ski patrol days and to be adequate for where I  usually ski (midwest).  I'd rather have softer then ski in my old race boots!!  The aching arch has always been a problem for me, regardless of the boot flex. 

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by rossiG10s View Post
 

About the flex - I chose 75 intentionally, as a compromise between comfort for 12 hour ski patrol days and to be adequate for where I  usually ski (midwest).  I'd rather have softer then ski in my old race boots!!  The aching arch has always been a problem for me, regardless of the boot flex. 

We believe support should hold you up or it is not support.  The flex number is your support in the boot shell, as Jim said, at anything over 100 lbs, a 75 flex boot is not adequate to stop your COM from moving forward over the ski too far as it decelerates in each turn, this will cause you to sit back to get off of the front of the ski in each turn (read "burning quads" here).

 

mike

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm rotating my femurs just fine, thanks. I don't think I've EVER been told I'm too far forward-lol! I will admit to some thigh burn out west last spring off piste, but let's blame that on my nerves and not the boots! I'll try the no foot beds tonight and report back. Thanks so much for your thoughts! All input helps.
post #8 of 10

There is so much here to comment on there really isn't room and this isn't an instruction forum but I agree with Jim most feet like a footbed, however I'm glad you noticed the advice to remove your footbed was only to test for room and if it was sufficient then to reinsert your footbed and have the tongue thinned.

 

I agree about the boot flex.  Would be great to see you in a much stiffer boot in order to aid balance at speed if you get thrown forward from terrain or snow condition changes and to improve edging, but definitely it sounds as if you stand nicely balanced because your skis shouldn't be decelerating at the end of the turn but accelerating into the next turn and you shouldn't need stiff boots to reduce ankle flexion, but should be standing balanced to begin with so your muscles don't have to work so hard.

 

Lou

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
No ache last night without the foot beds, but I missed them. I'll try some of the suggestions from you guys to see if I can solve the issue. Thanks so much!
post #10 of 10

Footbeds can be great as Jim said.  So see a fitter and have them thin the tongue area over the instep.  It will be close to the same increase in volume as removing the footbeds.

 

Lou

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