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Any boot recommendations for a Level 4 skier with narrow feet?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I had never skied before, so I took a 3-day lesson at Buttermilk 2 years ago. I was able to progress from Level 1 to 3. This year I took another 3-day lesson at Steamboat and progressed to a strong Level 4/weak Level 5. I can easily do green runs and do well with easy blue runs. I stay parallel most of the time, but not 100% of the time and my stance is still a little wider than I would like.

 

Unfortunately I live in the midwest and skiing is expensive, so realistically I'll be doing one-week ski trips once a year or once every 2 years. I would really like to get my own pair of boots so I know they will fit properly. I will probably never buy my own skis unless I move closer to the mountains.

 

I'm a 36-year-old male, 5'11, 165 lbs, size 9.5 shoe, narrow foot.

 

Internet research tells me I need an 80-90 flex boot with a 98-100 forefoot width.


The problem is that most beginner-intermediate boots have wider forefoot widths (>102).

 

Cost is not necessarily a factor (although I'd obviously like to avoid spending a fortune).

 

Any suggestions? 

post #2 of 6

1)  you can make a norrow boot wider, so make sure the heel fits well,   more room can be made in the toes, later, if needed

2)  stiff boots can be made softer, so make sure the boot is hte right shape (fit) and get the flex made softer if needed.

 

odds are a size 26, in medium to narrow, in 100+ should be right, but best to try a bunch on and see what fits you the best.

 

this might help too

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

post #3 of 6

What width doe narrow foot mean?  A "C" width easily fits a 98mm last and "C" is pretty average.  If you are narrower then you have problems because almost everything narrower is to stiff, but I certainly wouldn't be afraid of a a boot stiffer than 90.  Especially given the flex numbers between boots and even same company models aren't comparable.

 

Lou

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Lou,

 

My foot is pretty narrow... probably a "B" or "A". It looks the 2 best boot options for an intermediate level skier with narrow feet are the Salomon XMAX 100 and the Lange SX 80. After trying both, I'm going to get fitted in the Salomon XMAX 100.

 

Thank you.

post #5 of 6

What about Head B5, Scott G3, Dalbello Scorpion WC.  Everyone makes soft flexing 98mm boots and some like Head and Dalbello make softer 95 and 96mm boots which really are what you need.

 

Lou 

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Lou,

 

I also tried the Dalbello's but the Salomon's had the most snug fit.

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