I'm baaaack! Lange has a very narrow shell for narrow to normal feet. Next is Technica and Nordica. Techs sometimes tend to have a narrow toe box which tapers quickly. I hear they are modifing this next year. Many Nordicas grab the heel at the achilles tendon. Some like this, others don't. Some people still are so worried about heel lift when recent research has shown that a close fit around the calf, i.e. upper boot and cuff area are just as if not more important than heel lift. This is where the leg first enters the boot. What your leg does is what the boot tells the ski what to do. If it's sloppy loose at the cuff, you don't have the control over your skis. I'v been through a lot of this for 5 years, fitting boots. And yes, I have my boot fitters, because what I don't know I go and find out! I'm also Marker certified in bindings.
Try Salomon Performa 6 or 7 or 8 if you can find them. Try to stay around 70-90 flex index. Dalbello is a great boot with great foot volumn Maybe greater than Salomon. Someone in this forum suggested Strols, or something like that. I'm not familiar with those. Salomon Axe has a flex of 90, but some don't like the yellow color. Those would go great with my MOD X's.
[You might know all the following. This information is what I have learned over the years from the finest boot fitters in Portland, Oregon and from many racers.]
When trying on a boot do not bang the heel on the floor to get into the heel pocket. This does not do the job even though it feels like it. Instead- First thing you do is take the liner out. Next get into the boot and run your foot all they way up until your longest toe just touches the front. Have someone reach down inside the hell to see how many finger widths you have between your heel and the back of the boot. One finger width for racing. If you don't race (like 40 times a year) don't do this. Go for about two finger widths. Put the liner back in and get into the boot.
Buckle up starting with the instep buckle (the one just above the toe buckle, leave the toe buckle undone). Work your way up the boot and buckle them on the loosest setting, then do the strap with a gentle nudge.
Now, Stand up and flex up and down throwing your knees out keeping your back straight. Do this 5 times without stopping inbetween and as hard as possible all the way down and all the way back up.
Now, sit back down to take the pressure off the boot and buckle up one more notch, leaving the toe buckle still unbuckled. Stand up and repeat the flexing. Now sit back down and buckle up as you see fit doing the toe buckle LAST. Now, stand up not leaning forward, not leaning backwards, just as neutral as possible, leg straight don into the boot. Is your longest toe barely touching the front? Good. Now, give me a knee forward ski position. Did the toes pull away and not touch the front? Good! There's your fit!
Many people get into a boot without buckling up and try to decide if it's to samll or too big. Wrong! YOu have to buckle up as described above. And thisis how you always get into a boot. The old heel bang is a no-no. Besides it tends to mess up the heel. <G>
There are other problems. Some people have bone spurs to consider. A boot fitter has to stretch the boot for this and/or colapse the foam in certain areas. Some peoples feet elongate when they get squished by a ski boot. Some have high insteps. These are special considerations. Quite often you need to get your boots tweaked for a perfect fit. Boot vendors really don't know what your foot looks like. They take their best guess.
Above all, don't mess with canting until you have your foot beds in place. These take care of 90% of canting problems.
I hope I didn't bore you with stuff you already might know. I learn from many people then research for validity. As equipement and technology changes I listen for teh pros and cons. I hear opinions, conflicting ones, so I check it out. Hope I've help and not bored you to tears. Bob firstname.lastname@example.org
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