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Boots for wide feet

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm 6'1" and 190 lbs and am an advanced skier, returning to the sport after many years. My foot is size 9.5, E width and I've been trying on size 26.5 or a 305 mm sole length. I'm looking for a good boot, but I also have a high instep and my feet seem to supinate with ankles rolling out.

Problem is, the only boot they've been able to fit to my foot is
the Technica Rival RX HVL, which has an extreme forward lean where my
knee is well over the toe of the boot. Being so far forward, my fore/aft balance feels off. However, it's the only boot I've been able to keep on my foot for longer than a few minutes.

Can anyone recommend a more upright boot that would fit my foot?

Thanks for your help,
Doug
post #2 of 17
If the rival feels good I would stick with it and find a good bootfitter who can adjust the cuff and cant properly. Or you could try custom Daleboots. Also, please try the search, this has been asked a number of times.
post #3 of 17
That's a pretty soft boot. I have super wide feet, weigh as much as you and found it to have too much volume for my taste. The lean didn't bug me tho, but the super softness did. Head is making a more upright boot this year and their non-racing line is higher volume. You can always have the toe box pushed out. That's what I have had done on my last two pairs.

A good shop should be willing to do all the fitting you need to dial in a fit, so you might want to go lower volume and have them worked on rather than going high volume and swimming in some places. Just my $0.02.

Good luck. Boots are a long term relationship.
post #4 of 17
my $.01 Doug,
1) Salomon's XWave10 has a nice liner, is upright, looks highly tweakable(flex...etc)

2) Head has a boot that has the insert that can be removed for more volume....and it looks like a couple of Heads are rather upright, compared to the Technicas.

3) I've seen a couple of Nordica Beasts...that look like they have Everything that both you and I need(the same).

4) Dolomites....Rage_xxx? & ?? (they usually have some heel width to them)

Steve
post #5 of 17
my rivals (HVLs as well) have a dial on the back of the cuff to adjust the lean... they might have been set all the way forward...
post #6 of 17
I'm kinda like you, 10.5 EE shoes, high instep, and 220+ lbs. Take a look the Head 'Edge 9.5' and 'Edge 10.5' boots. Website is here.

I don't believe the 9.5 gets marketed much at all, (it's even hard to find info on it on Head's site, ook in the PDF spec. file for the 10.5), both are definitely for wide/high instep feet.
post #7 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougH
I'm 6'1" and 190 lbs and am an advanced skier, returning to the sport after many years. My foot is size 9.5, E width and I've been trying on size 26.5 or a 305 mm sole length. I'm looking for a good boot, but I also have a high instep and my feet seem to supinate with ankles rolling out.

Problem is, the only boot they've been able to fit to my foot is
the Technica Rival RX HVL, which has an extreme forward lean where my
knee is well over the toe of the boot. Being so far forward, my fore/aft balance feels off. However, it's the only boot I've been able to keep on my foot for longer than a few minutes.

Can anyone recommend a more upright boot that would fit my foot?

Thanks for your help,
Doug
Need to be adjusted...these do not have an extreme forward lean.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions.

When I tried on the Technica, I was working with a bootfitter at Alta. The forward lean device was in the most upright position. He suggested lowering the footboard which made me worry about too much volume. I also agree that the boot is too soft. Soft and too forward just won't work for me.

They had the Salomon X Wave 9 and I liked the upright position, but it seemed far too narrow in the forefoot and reallly pinched over the instep. The bootfitter didn't seem to want to start from that poor of a fit and preferred the Technica. He suggested I come back and demo the Technica.

I liked the Salomon X Wave 9 ( I don't know how it compares to the X Wave 10). Do you think as tight as it is that it could be modified acceptably? Would it really be so bad to go up one shell size to a 27? When I measure my foot on a traditional Brannock device, my foot length is a 9.5 but my arch length is slightly longer than a 10. (Long arch, stubby toes that don't taper in at all! Think Daffy Duck.) I found a great price on these and I'd like to make them fit, if possible.

I've tried on the Nordica Beast 10 and the fit seemed good, but it was too soft for me. The shops are sold out of the Beast and the Beast 12.

I agree with the suggestion on the Head boots and I'd like to try them on, but I can't find a shop that sells them around here.

Thanks,
Doug
post #9 of 17
Try the Atomic Biotech widefit line. Wide anatomicaly and upright, with low ramp angle. It skis well. I ski the biotech 10. I was able to down size a full size from my previous head boots because the atomic accomodated the shape of my foot so well, which a wide and carry this width into the middle of the foot. Plenty of instep height too. If I had a wide foot I would not overlook these. Later, RicB.
post #10 of 17

Atomic R:10

Have you tried the Atomic R:10 from a year or so back? I don't know what the later model is called. It's supposed to be from mid to high volume. Pretty high end all mountain boots with comfort fit liners. I have a brand new pair of 26.5 if you're interested.
post #11 of 17
Hi, I found Salomon Performa 8 quite comfortable for my VERY wide feet and high instep. Initially they were pretty tight (or even very tight), but after heat fitting and 2 days on the slopes, they became much more comfortable.
Good luck in finding the boots!

Voi
post #12 of 17
$.01 Doug,
I'm still with my 4yo Atomic Race9.50s..which were a little tighter over the instep than the BetaRides("R") are/were.
I get some of the same fit issues as you in the XWave9...but I think, as mentioned, those areas could very well be the newness of the liner.
Some of the newer Atomics do address both fit areas...per RicB.
As to the Salomons, I believe?? the fit is uniform throughtout the XWave line....and I've read a thread (over on TetonGravity) pertaining to the "10's" liner being somewhat better..:, guess you just have to try em.
post #13 of 17
Ignore the width issue. Lower shell fit/width problems can be fixed in just about any boot by a competent bootfitter.

Find a boot that puts you as close as possible to the fore/aft stance and flex you are trying to achieve and then have the shells ground or stretched to accomodate your width a little at a time. Don't let them go crazy with grinding and stretching. Start out slow and slowly increase the width after skiing on them each time. I know this is time consuming, but well worth the patience in the long run. I have seen many blown out boots that become too big quickly!

My foot is about the same size and width as yours, with a fairly high instep. I am in a Salomn X2 lab, Soft ( Salomons Plug boot) Very good upright stance and lots of instep room. Also lots of material in the lower shell that can be ground by a competent bootfitter to accomodate your width.

I am in a 27 shell. If I were to go to say an Xwave 10 or Atomic t11 I would have to go 26/26.5.

Also the liner in the X2 is very thin and for the most part cannot pack out, a problem i have had with almost all store stock boots!

For the first time in 43 years of skiing my boots are like bedroom slippers. Comfortable and great performance.
post #14 of 17
Try the Nordica Speed Machine, it is stiffer then The Beast with the same last.
post #15 of 17
The x-wave 9s were too narrow in the forefoot for me, too (and too roomy in the heel and ankle). What IS wide enough for me is the Atomic Widebody B9. It doesn't seem to be forwardly aggressive either. I'm a triple E, and they actually fit me without any mods for skiing, but for teaching I had bits of them blown out a bit. They are a bloody wide boot.
post #16 of 17
My fott size is 12 EE and I'm an overpronator. With all the adjustments on my Rivals I was able to make adjustments to make it the best fitting boot that I've worn. I, also thought that they were too soft. However, they came with 2 different inserts (yellow and red) to make them more rigid --- using the red seems to work for me.
post #17 of 17
Agree with ant. I brought a paid of Atomic B9 (Widebody) last Aussie winter. In 25 yrs of skiing they are the most comfortable boot out of the box for my wide feet. Added custom footbed for a hight arch. No heel lift, no cramps, warm, etc... These are worth a look.
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