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 :(
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.