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Thread Starter 
Hello! I'm new into skiing, and am looking for some advice on ski boot brands. I'm looking for quality along with something that will accomodate my narrow, but long foot. I've been skimming through these forums and found a comment about 'Head' brand boots being better for wide feet. So I don't think I should go with that brand.
I'm a regional champion speed skater, so I need one that is durable. I would love some K2 boots because their recreation inlines are a perfect fit and about the only brand I haven't managed to destroy with momentum in corners. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a K2 ski boot at this time, and are very hard to come by used on Ebay.
So I'm looking at a pair of Lange, and Rossingol. How is the comparison? Which brand would better fit my needs? I have a narrow foot, I would need a 28.5 for length, and I have no arch (flat foot).
Any advice? Any is greatly appreciated!smile.gif
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Niki, 

 

Welcome to Epic. I moved your post to the "Ask a Bootfitter" forum where we have a team of qualified fitters who will all tell you that you should visit a local boot fitter who will be able to assess your foot to help you decide what is best for your feet. Also note that each of the brands that you mention offer different shape and flex boots you have options and all offer boots for narrow feet. Where in Michigan are you located and maybe we can refer you to someone in particular. 

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Originally Posted by Niki G View Post

So I'm looking at a pair of Lange, and Rossingol. How is the comparison? Which brand would better fit my needs? I have a narrow foot, I would need a 28.5 for length, and I have no arch (flat foot).
Any advice? Any is greatly appreciated!smile.gif

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

 

Read through the above article and pay close attention about how to "shell size" a ski boot you might purchase---THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!

 

Phil mentioned you should seek out and see a boot fitter---with you feet you would benefit from having a pair of custom foot beds made and installed in your boots----they will support your flat feet and hold your ankle joint in a neutral position (extremely important).:)

 

With low volume "narrow" feet you may be able to downsize the boot you purchase and get a better fit and more control---a good thing, again, something you will need a boot fitter to assess.

 

happy skiing

 

mike

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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. That's the same response I got from the vendors of speedskates behind the scenes of the national championship races.
The big help here was the description of width in mm As considered with length.
I made the original post last night because I know how a K2 boot fits and a mens 28.5 is perfect on me, also in accordance with all the description you inlcluded above.
I had tried some on here at MC Sports in Kalamazoo, MI. They are the only nearby K2 dealer. I cannot afford a brand new pair right now frown.gif so I was shopping Ebay and found a brand new pair of K2 spine, never used, new with box up for bids. I got outbid in the bid war by $5 with 2 seconds left. They sold for only $135. So after that happened last night I was bummed and looked around the net to see what I could find. I figured this would be a good place to find out about products and comparisons. Since logging on this morning I found a review on the K2 pinnacle, stating that it is very much like the Lange boots and should please the Lange fans.
Since I'm not ready to drop $$$ on skis just yet; I went with a pair of nice Lange's I found on Ebay. I should have them by midweek next week.
I live in southwest Michigan, if you know of any boot fitters around this area, I would still take advice from them. I appreciate all the correspondence and help smile.gif
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www.Performancezone1.com

 

Brian Graham, pedorthist/bootfitter , Auburn Hills, up in your neighborhood, check him out.

 

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