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Large calves, very wide foot, high instep

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Hi all, I'm pretty new to this forum

 

I just happened upon it as I was doing a google search looking for wide feet and ski boots.  I was initially sent to http://www.epicski.com/t/42023/large-calf-wide-foot-best-ski-boots-are for this topic and someone else suggested I try here.

 

I have a very wide foot (but short), high insteps, and very large calves.   Oh, and I'm sure it will matter, but I'm not a light guy either.

 

My shoe size (for most brands) is a 9.5 EEEE and I have very large calves from playing soccer from the age of 4, playing catcher in baseball, and carrying my weight around everywhere.  No fat on my legs, just lots of muscle.  The weight is further up :(

 

Any suggestions?

 

I've been to two ski shops so far.  One close to my work pretty much only has Atomic and Tecnica boots and nothing came close.  I was told they'd need me to come back and do a custom job, but it would be 2 guys bouncing ideas off each other before they try something... didn't sound very promising or encouraging to me.

 

I then went to a place closer to home that only had Atomic and Delballo.  He tried a Jakk by Delballo which was close, but still not right.... it was better on the calf/shin than anything the first place had, but my foot on the instep and my pinky toes were getting crushed.  I tried going to thinner socks which helped, but still painful in the same areas.

 

I'm now going to a place which lists it having Tecnica, Salomon, Atomic, Dalbello, Nordica, Fisher, K2, Rossignol, and Full Tilt.  I'm feeling a little more hopeful after seeing they had a wider selection.

 

They also listed they had professional boot fitting there

 

On the other thread, I heard a lot of people talking about the Salomon X series... This place I'm going to today has Salomon X Pro 100 and Salomon Quest Pro 110, Salomon Quest Pro 90, Salomon Quest Max 130 and Salomon Quest Max 110.  At least that is what they list online.

 

I should also say, while I have skiied Double Black on the east coast, right now, I just want to get on the slopes and teach my kids to get past the bunny slopes (they are almost 8 and almost 6 and we only did bunny slopes last year the couple of times we went).  As they get older and advance in the sport, I'd like to handle whatever they want to tackle.  I also don't want to get top of the line stuff, I just want to feel comfortable and be able to enjoy the slopes.

 

I'm in southeastern PA about an hour or so north of philly, so not exactly a ton of ski shops out here.

 

Thanks in advance to any on comment and have suggestions.

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How much do you weigh/height? How long have you been skiing? Any chance of taking picture of leg/feet...
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sounds like the 3rd store is best,    not becuase of the number of brands, but the staff sounds a bit more informed

 

 

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

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How much do you weigh/height? How long have you been skiing? Any chance of taking picture of leg/feet...

Thanks! I used to ski regularly and stopped for a few years to have & raise kids... Now that my older two can get out there, I can get back into it, but I've skied for about 20-25 years. I'm a very heavy 300 & I'm 5'8
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sounds like the 3rd store is best,    not becuase of the number of brands, but the staff sounds a bit more informed


http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me
I was successful at this place! I was able to fit in a Dalbello Aspect 100 (100 flex, 103 last) and had the ladder moved out two spots & it fit nicely. A little tight on the instep, but not painful. The fitter who helped suggested I leave the middle latch loose, but on the ladder until I break it in a bit & compress the sock. But it truly didn't hurt.

I'll hit the slopes soon & try to break them in.
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