EDIT: No need to respond to my request below Jeff... I took back the Rossis and got Nordica Speedmachine 10s in 26.5. Skied on them today. Not only is the fit perfect, but these boots are soooooo comfortable!
I have a question regarding Rossignol Bandit B1 Boots...
Background: Intermediate skier looking to go to advanced. Live in Cgy, AB. 5'-10", 185lbs. Skis I just bought are B2's (166cm). I also just bought a pair of 27.0 Rossi Bandit B1 Boots. I bought the boots at a reputable ski shop and have foot beds (not custom though). I tried on a ton of boots and the Rossi's and Nordicas were the only things that didn't put excess pressure on the soft tissue of my ankle when I flexed forward. I measured my feet and from heel to toe I measure 27.15 cm (left foot) and 26.83cm (right foot) with ski socks on. Barefoot I measure about 0.5cm shorter. My forefoot is about 10cm wide and about 6.5-7.0cm at the heel. Foot widens gradually but is sharpest about 10cm from the heel. I have a high arch (about 2cm) and my instep is at about 7.5cm from the floor. By the way, if it helps, the foot scales say about 27.3 on the Dalbello scale and 26.6 or so on the Nordica one. My foot measures exactly 9.5 on the standard foot scale. I have a high arch and high instep as well (the footbeds made a big positive difference in thsi regard). By the way, I normally wear a US9.5-10.0 size shoe (mostly 10 though as 9.5's tend to be a little tight on me). I should also add that I am just getting back into skiing as my old Rachlies made skiing so unpleasurable that I decided to quit for a while. So, I am definitely looking for comfort as well as performance. Pics:
So far, I have tried on two boots which seem to work for me. The Rossi Bandit B1 in 27.0 and the Nordica Speedmachine 10 in 26.5. The 26 Rossi's had my toes bunched up at the front. Plus, the boot was putting significant pressure on the outside top of the foot, particularly at the buckle mounting points and this is without these buckles hardly even done up. When standing straight, my toes were jammed into the front of the boot pretty bad and I could feel the shell a bit. When I stand 'straight' on the 27s, I can definitely feel the liner pushing on my toes (but not the shell). When I flex, it moves back a bit so I am just brushing the liner (not the shell).
The 26.5 Nordicas (also with the footbeds), on the other hand, felt really really snug but not so much so that I don't think I could have gotten by for a few days on them until the liner packed out. In fact, I probably just would have used a thinner sock my first few days instead of my ski sock. In the shop, there was firm pressure all around and after 10 mins in the boot, my toes fell asleep. I do feel that this wouldn't be an issue though with thinner socks and the liner packing out. There were no real major pressure points either... well, there was a slight one top of the big toe but they told me that could be pushed up a bit, which I agree. In these boots, when I stand straight, I can feel the shell through the liner and my toes are bunched a little. When I flex, I can still feel some pressure fromt he liner but not the shell anymore. And, this is flexing while strappped to a pair of skis.
1. Which boot, the Rossi 27.0 or the Nordica 26.5, is the right boot for me?
2. Do Rossignol's fit small or do Nordicas fit large (I measured 27.3 on the Dalbello scale, which seems to match with the Rossi sizes and 26.5 on the Nordica one)?
3. Is there another brand/model I should be considering based on my foot measurements and ability level?
Thanks in advance if you can help me out!