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what is the widest ski boot avaliable?

post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 
hi
i have a wide foot. like, very wide.
what is the widest ski boot on the market?
thanks
post #2 of 58
Strolz, Daleboot, Technica with High Volume Liner option and Fischer makes a couple of wide foot models. It really depends on where you are wide: Heel, forefoot etc. You need to see a good bootfitter since you will probably need tweaking anyway. I wear a size 11 4E so belive me when I tell you that I have considerable experience with this issue. A good boot fitter is critical esp. if you have any compounding problems (bunions, 6th toe pain, high or flat arch...etc.)
post #3 of 58
Thread Starter 
cheers for that
i my forefoot is wide, i have a high instep an a low calf. my heel isnt that wide, but my calf can be a problem
post #4 of 58
Strongly second the bootfitter recommendation. Even if you get the widest boot, if your feet are atypical, your feet will hurt.

I have very wide feet as well (especially at my ankles) -- I got the Nordica W8 which felt the most comfortable straight out of the box. But after a while my feet started hurting. It got so bad that they would hurt just walking from the car to the lift.

Visited a local bootfitter (Jeff Bergeron, an EpicSki poster) and the difference has been just mindblowing -- I can ski and walk around all day without a single twinge.
post #5 of 58
I have wide feet in the forefoot and went with the Head S12, out of the box it fits well, although I ended up having to unbuckle on the lift, going to get some work done before next season.
post #6 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider
cheers for that
i my forefoot is wide, i have a high instep an a low calf. my heel isnt that wide, but my calf can be a problem
Hey, that sounds just like my foot! If you search there was a similar thread earlier this year.

My experience is: Tecnica fits well. I wear a 2 year old Race:9 Atomic that fits well but they may have changed the last. Dolomites are wide enough, but the heel is too wide. Some bootfitters will try and force a Salomon on your foot but the instep won't be high enough.
post #7 of 58
Husband skis atomic boots that come in an extra-wide last version.
post #8 of 58
I wish I would have pursued the bootfitter option, but on my own I found the head 10.5 ez's worked best of anything I tried out of the box. My feet are flat and wide paddles.
post #9 of 58
I also have low, muscular calves. So much so in fact that after fitting my foot corrrectly in the boot, my bootfitter actually flaired the cuffs of my boot to accommodate the size of my calves. I have several foot problems and spent prob. 12-16 hrs with my bootfitter over the course of the season, but my boots fit all day. I never take them off at lunch or wish I could take them off on the chair. Do yourself a favor and don't try to pick up boots off the rack or off the net. Find a great fitter where you live (or I supoose where you ski) and spend the time it takes to get it right.
post #10 of 58
How about this: Width (size) does not matter!

Any boot can be ground, stretched or punched by a good bootfitter to accomodate just about any width foot.

I am very much like you, very wide forefoot + big "6th toes", high instep & very skinny calf & and normal heel.

Before my boots were customized I touched the shell in barefeet w/no liner just about everywhere!

Now the most comfortable, best fitting, non packing out boot iIhave ever owned in 42 seasons!

I am skiing very successfully in a "Plug" race boot. Very low volume.
post #11 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider
what is the widest ski boot on the market? thanks
If the boot should go into the Guiness Book of Records or into some sort of Top Ten list the answer would have to be Strolz.
From their website:


"M o d e lF A V O R I T .

Especially for skiers with very small or very large feet. With hard shell for precise power transmission, maximum comfort and perfect fit.

Facts:

[Colour]: black
[Sizes]: 1 (33) to 15 (50);
Advance orders up to size 58


Strolz is today the only manufacturer that offers you handcrafted ski boots in half sizes.


O u ro r t h o p a e d i cp r o g r a m m e c o m p r i s e s :
  • Correction of leg length differences
  • Oversize
  • Care for various foot deformities (hallux, hammer-toes, Haglund's Heel,...)
  • Special fabrications after sickness, e.g. elephantiasis
  • Special fabrications after injuries, e.g. various fractures
  • Correction and support for foot and leg disorders (flat foot, splayfoot, knock-knees, bow legs)
  • Care after amputations"
http://www.strolz.at/english/gesamt.htm
post #12 of 58
Such feet and calves are definitely not funny but for some potential jokers:

they are NOT mine...
post #13 of 58
I've tried on all the wide boots over the years, and the widest by far is my current ones, Atomic B9 Widebody. they have small heels, and massive forefoot, with a square toebox.
post #14 of 58
Thread Starter 
hey thanks for that guys

im asking because certain shops stock different brands of boots, and if i go to one very good bootfitter, but they dont have a particular line of boot, then i might be wasting my time?
i had work done on this boot of mine, but even when it is blown heaps, like running out of plastic to be blown out heaps, it just doesnt feel right....like suddenly the boot is very out of shape and yeah...
plus i want a better performaning boot then my current one :P

im not trying to buy off internet or off rack, im trying to find out which shop i should go to. there's not exactly a "good boot fitter" down here..
post #15 of 58
Sorry, Strider but where is "downhere"?
post #16 of 58
Thread Starter 
is the ATOMIC B5 a good boot? im intermediate looking for a comfortable boot which isnt slack on performance.
post #17 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider
is the ATOMIC B5 a good boot? im intermediate looking for a comfortable boot which isnt slack on performance.
The B5 of the last year was, together with B3 (the same flex officially) the most basic Atomic boot.
Afaik generally, boots from the bottom of the company line donĀ“t have much performance and their forward flex curve often lacks consistency.
post #18 of 58
As I think some others have mentioned, you should get a boot that has enough space for fitting. When I took my Nordicas to Jeff, he noted that the boots had enough "padding"/"space" for him to ground out spaces for my foot-shape. If I had gotten a different (perhaps smaller?) boot, there may not have been enough material for him to make space. That said, you obviously don't want to get too-big boots. If you're concerned, might be best to talk to a boot-fitter about good boots for your feet before you buy.
post #19 of 58

...

Get the right shape to match your feet...
*EDIT: B9! and there is a B10.. Looks like they have a few more differing lasts than in recent/past seasons.......
post #20 of 58
Dolomites fit wide feet well. I was able to go from a size 30.5 Technica to a size 28.5 Dolomite. The Dolomite provided a larger toe box, allowing me to fit well in a smaller & more snug shell size.

Also check: http://www.bootfitters.com/boot_reviews.htm

and: http://www.bootfitters.com/archives/WHO_IT_FITS.htm

This excellent site provides great data on boots.

Best regards,

Barrettscv
post #21 of 58
I have wide EE feet and have had good success with Dalbellos for the last 3 pairs of boots I have used. But like other posters have said that is only a starting point. I have had to make some adjustments by blowing them out in the toe box just a little bit.
post #22 of 58
Thread Starter 
yeah im planning to drop down today to try my feet into some boots.

strolz is avaliable, but WAY too expensive for me...

thing is, in australia, there's no real good boot fitter around.
ive been to 3 differnet boot ppl, all 3 have different ideas.

sigh...
post #23 of 58
Thread Starter 
hmm, from the boot fiiters page, it seems most tecnica makes wide FF boots.
post #24 of 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strider
yeah im planning to drop down today to try my feet into some boots.

strolz is avaliable, but WAY too expensive for me...

thing is, in australia, there's no real good boot fitter around.
ive been to 3 differnet boot ppl, all 3 have different ideas.

sigh...
Good bootfitters often have different approaches. This in and of itself does not make them bad. You have to decide whose approach you like the best!
post #25 of 58
Thread Starter 
i tried on the diablo today, it was a good fit! except the lil toe where it needs to be blown out a lil, or grind, il discuss it with the boot fitter later.
i put a deposit down, but can be refunded if i change my mind.

i tried an atomic on, but the instep wasn't high enough, and the hell was too small. that was the T11, are the b series any different?
post #26 of 58
Thread Starter 
i tried the tecnica magnesium on today
when i flexed it in the shop, i found it ALOT easier to flex than my current nordica easymove 12s.....

tecnica magnesium - flex rating 100, a boot for racers.

nordica easymove 12s - flex rating 55, a boot for beginners.

??????
post #27 of 58

Nordica Beast

I have a very wide foot and I love these boots!
post #28 of 58
Thread Starter 
ski=free, did you have any work done on the boots?
post #29 of 58
Are those Nordica beasts new boots? My fiance has Nordica boots. They are pretty old though. He has been having problems the last season or two. He says his calf is too wide and hurts. He is looking for a more comfortable boot. I agree that getting a fit in a store is a good idea. I will have him read this thread. Thanks for the suggestions.
post #30 of 58
Thread Starter 
lilskeer
im in the process of trying as many boots as possible

i have a VERY wide calf.

i tried a pair of tecnicas today, with the hings moved to the end, i clsoed them and omgos hthey felt GREAT!
im in love with them right now, except my toe hurts. work needs to be done on those boots (come on, who here wear boots with no work done on them?)
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