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Tecnica Mach 1 cutting circulation

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I recently bought a pair of Tecnica Mach 1s in 28.5 and am having some issues.My previousts boots were Tecnica Ten.2 100s in a 27.5  A heel lift was added to those boots to give my toes more room.  Although the Ten.2s were comfortable, I found them to be too flexible and found that I was pushed forward over my skis more than I would like (it just occurred to me that this was no doubt because of the heel lift).  I went to Inner Bootworks at Stowe to check out a stiffer boot and was recommended a couple of models in 28.5 (my previous boots were also from Inner Bootworks).  I ended up at another ski shop and, on a whim tried on some Mach 1s.  I loved the way they fit in 28.5 and found the 27.5s felt too small (I should note two things: the boots still had the included shims mounted and I was wearing medium weight socks which, I'm embarrassed to admit were not ski socks).  When I got the Mach 1s on the mountain I found that, after a couple of runs, my right foot was going numb and I was feeling some pressure around my heel and around the second buckle up from the toe (I was wearing the same socks as when I'd initially tried the boot on).  After this unpleasant experience I went to Inner Bootworks where they removed the shim and updated my custom footbeds (they also removed the spoilers from the backs of the liners).  I also bought some Smartwool PhD Ultra Light socks.  With the new socks on and the shims removed my feet felt less enveloped but still held firmly in place (with more room around the ball of my foot).

 

My first time skiing the boots after the adjustments were made I experienced no cutting off of circulation but wondered if my feet weren't being held as firmly as they could be.  It seemed as if the socks were not gripping the boot as I am used to but I don't know - maybe this is normal for so thin a sock.  The next time out (today) I tightened my boots up for a snugger feel and, while responsiveness was better, my circulation (again, more on the right foot but ever so slightly on the left as well - I think) started to get cut off.  I also felt some aching underneath my feet, specifically under my heels and around the second buckle up from the toe. I should mention that my two lower buckles were not very tight.  

 

When I was having the boots adjusted (having the shims removed) one of the staff members suggested that the shell size was too big.  A senior staff member came over to take a look and said it was fine.  Still, I'm now bothered that I may have a boot that is too big for me.  At the same time, my circulation is getting cut off and my feet are aching.  I plan on going back to Inner Bootworks and getting their opinion but, in the meantime, does anyone have any thoughts on this?  I leave for a ski trip in two weeks and need to get this sorted out as soon as possible.  Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 11

Most skiers boot problems start with boots that are too big.  You need to be bothered, boots that are too large never work properly and can't be fixed.  What size shoe do you wear?

 

Lou

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Edit: tried deleting this post but it seems you can't delete a full post on this forum.


Edited by Mtlgogo - 1/19/15 at 2:34pm
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

Most skiers boot problems start with boots that are too big.  You need to be bothered, boots that are too large never work properly and can't be fixed.  What size shoe do you wear?

 

Lou

Thanks for the response, Lou.  I know buying boots that are too large is a typical problem and I was sure these boots were the right size for me.  My shoe size varies depending on the company.  11 - 11.5 generally speaking.

post #5 of 11
How long are your feet in centimeters?

Did the 27.5s give you black toenail problems?
post #6 of 11

Wearing an 11 and being an 11 are two different things, but people certainly don't mess up shoe size as often as they mess up boot size.  So assuming you are correct then you would measure a 27 possibly even a 28.  However, there is more to boot fit than length and probably the most important is overall volume.  So it is possible your new boots have too much overall volume.

 

Do you know your foot width?

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post

How long are your feet in centimeters?

Did the 27.5s give you black toenail problems?

I just measured my feet standing (I have low arch support on both feet, especially my left).  Left foot is 28.75 cm and the right is 27.8 cm.  The 27.5s did not hurt my toes, but I'm pretty sure the reason that the boot fitter put heel lifts in them is that otherwise the toes would have been cramped).  

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

Wearing an 11 and being an 11 are two different things, but people certainly don't mess up shoe size as often as they mess up boot size.  So assuming you are correct then you would measure a 27 possibly even a 28.  However, there is more to boot fit than length and probably the most important is overall volume.  So it is possible your new boots have too much overall volume.

 

Do you know your foot width?

 

Lou

Left foot is 10.1 cm at its widest point (although my big toe would add 0.7 cm).  My right is 10.3 at its widest (plus 0.3 if you added my big toe).  

post #9 of 11

Getting your long foot into most 27s would require some work and probably more than just a little unless you are willing to put up with a very tight toe box.

 

You are probably correct the reason for the heel lift was to get you more toe room.  Personally I try not to go there because the heel lift alters stance and balance and generally not for the better, so I would rather not introduce another variable.

 

Your foot width indicates you could easily fit a 98mm boot.  The one with a low instep I am most familiar with is the Head Raptor.  It is possible you could even fit a B3.  I no longer sell Tecnica so am not familiar with the last of the boot you purchased.

 

Lou

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The Tecnica Mach 1 is a 100mm last.  My Tecnica from last year (the Ten.2) is a 102mm last.  Thanks again for the responses, Lou.

post #11 of 11

All Tecnicas I'm familiar with have a fairly high instep.  that coupled with the 100mm last may be why you are having problems.

 

Lou

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