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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Anyone know of a boot that runs extremely thin all the way through?

I'm in a 7 year old Nordica Grand Prix R....which, after a painful break-in period and some low toe-box issues, is literally the perfect boot for me...but they're pretty much on their last legs after roughly 200 days.

It seems boots are all bigger and softer than they used to be. I just tried last years Technica Icon XT, which was as close as I've come to finding a tolerable fit in a year or two of searching. It was too big in the foot with the stock footbeds but had an incredible pressure point on the top of my foot with my corks in - and the cuff seemed a bit soft for my taste too. It would've broken in way too big..

I've tried the Lange Comp 120 LF...too big...haven't tried the doberman yet - how's that one?

When I say too big, that's with my toes jammed into a shell 1 or 2 down from my "sized" size...

What else is out there? Am I destined for a $1000 trip to the boot fitter? Any advise?
post #2 of 18
depends on how thin/narrow is your foot.

if you're a B width straight through, you're probably going to have to go to a plug straightaway.

if you're a B/C width, you might be able to use some of the boots on the market, but will have to try a lot of them on to see how well they'll accommodate your narrower/thinner areas.

I have a C width foot with a D width forefoot due to bunions. I fit well in Rossi B2 ('03-'04) and fairly well in the narrower Comp model Langes and Course model Salomons.

Beware the consumer Tecnicas, which can feel like a straight up C width boot because of their generous padding that moves to accommodate many different feet. Once they pack out, they gain a lot of volume and will leave your foot swimming. On the other hand, the "plug" Tecnica race boots are much narrower. several of the Bears ski the XT 17 "plug" Tecnica. I'd ask about their experiences.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
I think I'm a "c" forefoot but it tapers quite abruptly toward the ankle...but my foot is very low top-to-bottom...I guess you could say I have flat, triangular feet..
post #4 of 18
Check out the Kryptons. They're one of the more narrow boots Ive tested.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help....I've never heard of Kryptons...is that a manufacturer or a model?

If anyone else knows of particular models that a pretty stiff and run thin all the way through - please let me know. I'm going to compile a list of all the models I need to try and hit every ski shop I see....
post #6 of 18
Are you pleased with the cuff fit with your current Nordicas? If not the Booster Tongue shown on the Best Boot Fitters website really works and is only $22.
post #7 of 18
The Krypton is a new boot from Dalbelo. It is a modern version of the old Raichle Flexon. It is a lower volume boot, not as low as the old Flexon but narrower than most out there. I have a lower volume foot but I am also using a thermoflex liner, all I can wear is a sock liner. Do a search for "Krypton" and you will see my review.
post #8 of 18
I have very narrow feet too. A/B width. Just about a month ago I went and got my first pair of boots. Lange was about the only boot that I wasn't swimming in. I ended up with the Comp 100s. Seems that Lange has a pretty low volume, maybe you could give it another shot?

Mike
post #9 of 18
I was thinking the same as madmike. Lange's run as narrow as anything, with a snug ankle. Do you have custom footbeds? If so, take them with you. They may snug up the fit. Are you sure that the pair you tried on were the LowFit? The Dalbello Krypton is worth trying also, but Lange sure has the reputation, as least in it's LowFit models, of being as snug as they come in a production boot.

Also, if you don't have custom footbeds, at least have some shims put under the stock bed to lift your foot up in the boot and reduce some of the slop. If the shop doesn't have any to put in, go elsewhere. These are basic fitting tools.
LewBob
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the help...

I definitely bring my cork footbeds when I can...and all of the lange's are still too big in foot and ankle area...my old grand prixs are perfect all the way through (I knew it the moment I tried them on too)...like I said the Icon XT's I tried were as close as I've come...

I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Kryptons - are they stiff? I like 'em pretty stiff...like just a touch softer than rock hard race boots...

If anyone else can think of skinny boot - keep 'em coming...
post #11 of 18
Not only does the Krypton a low volume liner, it has a low volume shell.
post #12 of 18
I've have had trouble finding boots that fit my narrow foot for years. I had the Nordica Grand Prix years ago. Tried the Flexons, but they were too big. I then went to the XT17's and now ski the Atomic Race Tech. The Atomics are narrower and ski better then any boot I have ever had. You can get them in different stiffnesses. Hope this helps
post #13 of 18
JUst FYI - you can also look into the Eliminator Custom Tongue (http://www.bootfitters.com/eliminator.htm). I have narrow feet and smallish calves, so extra volume has always been a problem. THis year, I put a pair of these in my Dalbellos, and I have yet to experience any discomfort or shin bang. I use these coupled with the Booster strap. Check 'em out - at $24.95 a pair it's tough to go wrong.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great help....I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Kryptons and the Atomic Race Techs...and maybe I'll give the Langes another shot...

Just had a brain fart....I wonder if that custom tongue insert would get me upright more...and thus help curb tip dive in deep pow?? I don't think I'd want it on anything else though...
post #15 of 18
I think there are a couple of Heads...and Technica's Race Pro..(forefoot width : )
post #16 of 18

boots for thin ankles

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Originally Posted by X-EastCoaster
Anyone know of a boot that runs extremely thin all the way through?

I'm in a 7 year old Nordica Grand Prix R....which, after a painful break-in period and some low toe-box issues, is literally the perfect boot for me...but they're pretty much on their last legs after roughly 200 days.

It seems boots are all bigger and softer than they used to be. I just tried last years Technica Icon XT, which was as close as I've come to finding a tolerable fit in a year or two of searching. It was too big in the foot with the stock footbeds but had an incredible pressure point on the top of my foot with my corks in - and the cuff seemed a bit soft for my taste too. It would've broken in way too big..

I've tried the Lange Comp 120 LF...too big...haven't tried the doberman yet - how's that one?

When I say too big, that's with my toes jammed into a shell 1 or 2 down from my "sized" size...

What else is out there? Am I destined for a $1000 trip to the boot fitter? Any advise?
Check out the boots from Head. RS 100 will fit a narrow foot/heel/calf. If not they make a plug boot called the RD. It is a narrow as they come 96mm at fore foot. It can be softened up easily. If not try to find the RD. It is a softer version with the same last as the RD.
post #17 of 18
I have about a C forefoot and a B in the rear and although I'm not flatfooted I have a low arch and thin calves. I bought the Krypton's and after a footbed and cuff alignment I couldn't be happier. It's definately the closest I've come to having a really good fit. I have the Krypton cross version. Get the Krypton pro version if you want it a little stiffer.
post #18 of 18
Try the low volume version of the Lange Comp 120. The 120 should be stiff enough for you. You may have to look around some to find the low volume version, but it is well worth the effort. The regular version would probably fit similarly to your Nordicas.

Jim
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