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XC boot fitting question

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Thread Starter 
I am looking for 3 pin backcountry XC boots and need some advice. Where I am located there aren't many choices, so I have only been able to try on Fischer BCX 675 boots and I seem to be in between sizes. The smaller size boots I have some very light contact with my toes and the boot, but they fit comfortably snug everywhere else. The larger size there is a little heel slip. Any thoughts on which would be a better choice? Any other advice on choosing XC boots? Are XC boots often modified to fit? Thanks!
post #2 of 6

First, boots for XC do not need to be tight and form-fitting like DH boots.  The fit model is much more like running or walking shoes.
 

Second, you definitely do not want any contact with toes.  You don't want to cram your foot into uncomfortable shoes for active movement and end up with black toenails or other issues.


Third, I don't like heel-slip either...although it's possible that with some breaking-in, you will not have this heel-slip experience.  The boots will soften a little and get broken in to the movements of skiing.
So... if all you can do is choose the lesser of two evils, definitely go with the larger, rather than smaller boots.

 

Fourth...There are some brand differences.  I find Fischer XC boots to be a little "boat-like".  Myself, I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot, and I fit better in Alpina boots than Fischer or Salomon.  I get good heel retention in my Alpina backcountry and nordic skating boots.  If you can, it's worth trying on a few different brands. 

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey man, thanks for the quick reply! I have a narrow heel too, so this always is an issue, good to hear that Alpina works for you. I also have a high instep, any issues there with Alpina? Thanks again!
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Hey man, thanks for the quick reply! I have a narrow heel too, so this always is an issue, good to hear that Alpina works for you. I also have a high instep, any issues there with Alpina? Thanks again!

 

No, Alpinas tend to accomodate high insteps very nicely - some skiers I know regularly go 1 size down in Alpina because they wind up with too much volume otherwise.

post #5 of 6
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Thanks Tuna for the info, much appreciated!

post #6 of 6

Exactly what TCH said.  I've also got a narrow heel and the Fischers were a no-go for me.  Toe bang would be a hellish misery on a long XC-BC ski trip.  I always fiddle with insoles and socks to adjust volume and fit.  

 

I'm using the Salomon Xadv 8, which fit well in the heel (if you can get past the incorrect size labels they put on the boots).  But then you're restricted to salomon bindings as they aren't NNN-BC compatible.

 

EDIT: sorry, you said 3-pin!  I tried on some Rossi 3 pin boots which seemed decently narrow through the heel.  Good luck boot hunting!

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