Originally Posted by skitoolong
Great name, simple to remember - I have a couple of questions:
Foot size/width: 9.5 EEE
Years Skied: 39
Ability: Past instructor/coach. Technically proficient, ski most any terrain that will hold snow, but more slowly now that I'm "old".
I recently had a left hip replacement & will no longer be seeking out moguls (as if I ever did) nor will I be dropping off any more large rocks. Suffice to say that I will strive to keep the bases on the snow for the rest of my skiing days. My hip replacement left me with a difference in leg lengths. My left leg is now about 7/16" longer than my right. Needless to say, for skiing this presents it's challenges.
I decided against shimming skis b/c of the difference in turn geometry w/ 1 boot higher than the other, and I really don't want to shim multiple skis, or demos.
So, I'm left with trying to modify my Atomic T-11's to accomodate my width & stick a lift inside the heel to compensate for the leg length issue. I seem to be having a tough time of it b/c it seems that this boot isn't that wide, nor does it have much instep room. I've had the width pushed out, and the instep ground to try & make room for the shim, but I can't make it through a day of skiing.
Am I going about this the right way? Perhaps you have another suggestion, or if all else fails with this boot, a suggestion for another more appropriate boot. Note that I don't need a race boot (too stiff).
Wow, a hip replacement at age 44? Seems young; hope it is working well for you.
You bring a good point. It has become very difficult to find wide boots that can be lifter for leg length differences. The key issue is how do you lift the boot (on the shorter leg side). It used to be easy with Atomics, you simply bought an extra set of the 55mm heel and toes, and added them only to the shorter leg side. If that was not enough, you could add sole plates (for racing) and then grind the tops of the toe and heel lugs. Unfortunately, Atomic no longer makes these lifted soles.
Since the boots do not seem to fit you very well, you may be better off getting a different boot. What you need is a wide boot with a solid toe lug- as in does NOT have replaceable toe lugs. IMO, you may want to try the Nordica Beast 10, 12 or 14. They are quite roomy in the foot, and have the solid toe.
Assuming this works, you can then add lift to the boot of your shorter leg. Most shops that handle racers now carry these, and they are usually available in 3, 5 and 8mm heights. Depending on the boot, you can sometimes even stack either two 5's for 10mm or a 3 with an 8 for 11mm. Either way, this should help.
The other question is how much lift do you want. Most people do better with less than a full correction (as in the 7/16ths you mentioned); typically anywhere from a half to 80% correction is more common. Do not rely on the ski shop for this- talk to your doctor. With this information (preferably converted to mm), you should be able to achieve a far more comfortable setup.