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Thread Starter 
Was fitted for boots last night. I was fitted with 25. I am an 8.5 in regular shoes wouldn't that make me a 25.5 in ski boots. I have only been skiing for 3 years but it has always confused me that ski boots are meant to fit so tightly. Is this a sales pitch or is this what I should be buying. How do you know when something is too tight?
post #2 of 10
Ski boots should be snug but not tight. The snug fit gives you more control and stability. Typically with ski boots, the outer shell is manufactured in even sizes only; the half sizes are fitted by using a thicker/thinner inner liner. Most important is the shell which is sized for your foot by removing the inner boot then slipping your foot in and pushing the foot forward so that the toes touch the end of the shell. You should be standing when you do this. There should be 1/2 to maybe 3/4 inch of space between your heel and the back of the shell (two fingers worth). It there is more room than that the shell is too big and it can't shrink it. That could be a problem. The liners do pack out somewhat, so a new boots may feel quite snug. Wear them around a little to get used to the feel. What you don't want are any pressure points or painful hot spots, if these develop the shell can usually be pushed out to relieve the pressure, so it's back to the shop for remedial action. Hope this helps.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks Tamski it helps. I just hate this!!! I want ski boots and I want to forget about it! First pair I tried on where comfortable and I did not think that was right. I went down a half size at the salesman suggestion. Last year I was fitted for 24 and circulation when I was at home so I returned them. These are not cutting off circulations but feet are red around the last two toes. I thought this would go away after break-in??? Sales guy did not seem to think that it was a problem.

Anything else I should be considering stiffness, flexibility?

Thanks for answering this novice's question.

What should I think about in buying ski's?
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Thread Starter 
Thanks R Crumb
Wish I knew about this forum last season!
post #5 of 10
Redness around the last two toes may be a problem, it's tough to tell until you're skiing. If they're pressure points and start to cause pain, you'll need to address the problem before your foot develops more pronounced bunions/callouses (sp?). It's very important to have a good footbed. Either a custom ($100+) or get one off-the-shelf ($35). The footbeds support your feet and stop the instep from being crushed over as the boot is tightened. Feet will be warmer and have better control. These can affect the fit so make sure you have the footbeds in before you do any work. Some boot/feet combinations take a lot of work because you stretch the shell and make other adjustments little y little. This is my fourth year with these boots and finally at the end of last season I was really happy with the fit. For a beginner/intermediate you don't want the boot to be to stiff, you're not racing and a more flexible boot makes it easier to flex your ankles and absorb terrain.
post #6 of 10

The suggestions regarding boot length are right on. Do you know if you have a wide foot versus a narrow foot. Boot manufacturers don't all make the boots in the same width. A Lange is different from a Tecnica which is different from a Salomon. Tecnica even makes liners to accomodate foot widths.

As you found out boot fitting can be exasperating. But, if you have poor fitting boots you won't ski much. I would be worried about redness on the toes before heading out to the slopes. Gregg at GMOL (he has participated here) may be of more assistance.

post #7 of 10
Gregg from Green Mountain Orthotic labs was poking around in here yesterday. Send him a PM. GMOLFOOT

Catch him soon however, I think he goes on the road soon for the season's boot fitting training. (he is one of the teachers for Masterfit University)
post #8 of 10
Rebecca, I know it may seem like a lot of work now, but stick with it to get your boots just right. I spent a lot of time researching and trying boots until I got the right ones. After footbeds and breaking them in, they are now so comfortable I often don’t even bother loosening them at lunch time.


post #9 of 10
Rebecca hang ten and give it a go . Last year was an extraordinarily tough year as a boot fitter in the east. Due to the fact that the skiing was less than ideal people were wearing their boots in the house and coming to us complaining about fit issues. Sounds like the boots are close. If they feel abnoxiously snug they will most likely be just right after a couple of days of SKIING. It takes the motion of SKIING to help stretch the liners out a bit. They are just like sneakers and will never be as tight as the day you bought them .You also have beach feet and yur feet will get smaller as the winter creeps in and your foot wear becomes more cumbersome. If during or after skiing you have comfort issues go to a boot fitter you trust and have the problems fixed pronto.
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If you can go back to the ski shop, and try on a pair of Nordica Smartech 8/W's. It is there soft boot with a great fit. If you have already become a true expert skier in the last three years, and ski anything and everything, then this is not your boot, otherwise check it out.
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