Thanks for reading this thread. I have been skiing for over 50 years & was a competitive water skier in my teens. As such, my calves have always been larger than most. Now that I am older, my calves are "down to" one 17-inch calf and one 18-inch in circumference. Based on reading & experience, they are larger than most especially for a 53 year old. What nobody shares is....."What EXACTLY IS a NORMAL calf size"? I did see an article that (appeared) to indicate that most people have around 13 to 14" calves which appears to validate my perception that my calves are ... larger than normal.
In the past, I have had to move the top buckles of my boots to their furthest extent on a pair of "comfort" boots (Fischer Progressor 130s w/100mm last) that I have been skiing (& racing) in for the past 5 or 6 years. I am now shopping for new boots and have eliminated ANY boot that has smaller cuffs which reduces the options. I would like to actually be able to "fun ski" without having to unbuckle the top buckle.
I am 5'10" and weigh an athletic 220lbs (most is in the 46" chest/shoulders). My legs are short with a 29.5" inseam. My feet are are TRUE 9.5" size and unlike the kids these days who wear a size 11 when their foot is a 9.5, I wear a 9.5" shoe and a 27.5 mondo boot (and have to many, many years now) so there is no wishy-washy on larger or smaller boots. 27.5 is correct. Also to the dismay of most shoe sellers and boot fitters, my foo bed is 100% ...NORMAL. No bumps, normal arches, etc. Doctor Shoals and the custom foot bed folks HATE me (because they can't find any reasons to SELL me their products! LOL.
I returned to "club" racing 3 seasons ago and have reached a bit of a plateau so I recently bought some "new technology" Rossi Master GS skis to go along with my Nordica Dobermann SLs. On my best days, I am a 25 Handicap (Slalom) or a 30 Handicap GS. Depending on the day, that can waiver +/- 5 points. I am smart enough to not want to go back to a plug racing boot. Control is CRITICAL so I am still shooting for a 120 to 130 shell so that I get the precision I need for the edges but also want the comfort of the new technology. Therefore, I have narrowed my options down to either the Atomic HawX 130 or the Nordica NXT N1 as the specifications for these boots indicate that they fit larger volume calves Atomic HawX & Nordica NXT N1.
I like the Memory Fit concept of the Atomic's & this model comes with the most customize-able platinum liner. These are 130's that can be "backed off" to 120 which is what I would likely do but it would be nice to have the stiffer option. This boot can be set for forward lean from 13 to 17 degrees. This shop is a certified fitter who uses the heat oven & cold wraps to "custom mold" the shell to my foot. This seems to check off each box in my "wish list".
The other shop sells Atomic's sister company's boot, the Salomons but the guy there confirmed that the Salomon is not designed to fit wider calves so he pointed me to the Nordica line. The NXT N1 appears to support wider calves and has a 120 stiffness rating. You can't adjust the forward flex. The cuff can be expanded but 2cm doesn't sound like NEARLY enough "expansion" to me. This shell is not heat-mold-able but the cork foot bed is. While I am certain the boot guy could "work his magic" on any pair of boots, these guys are more of a "recreational skier" kind of shop with a lot of "let's try this boot, then this boot, then this one" rather than zeroing in on a boot that does what I want and then customizing it. They don't stock "race" boots so the highest end boot they have on the floor is the N2 so the N1 would have to be ordered.
Please weigh in guys & thanks in advance!
Edited by ndabunka - 1/27/16 at 7:41pm