Originally Posted by bjohansson
Thanks for doing this. If I ever get back out to Summit County, I'll be sure to stop in and run some business by your shop. I'm a 6 foot nothing, 185 pound middle aged former racer (closer to 50 than 40). I used to ski only racing skis, tried the all-mountain route (Atomic R11's) and have come home to Race Carver skis (Fischer RC4). I ski fast on steep groomers, will do moguls just for the workout, and will ski anything lift-served out west. I typically ski 20-30 days per season. I have very flat feet (pretty severe pronation) that are wide in the forefoot, very narrow ankles, low volume overall at least when standing flat. Fortunately I don't have any maladies like spurs or old breaks. I live in central New York and don't have access to a professional bootfitter within 3 hours. I'm looking for a boot to start with that I can hopefully take on a trip to Vermont this winter and get professional help in a long weekend. I have a shop locally that has last year's boots for a very good price, but the bootfitting leaves a lot to be desired. I'd rather not try to buy boots at a resort in mid-season...
1. What boots trend toward my foot type. I know Salomons tend to have wide forefoots (forefeet?) but I can't get enough heel hold even with extra padding. I had Salomons that were too small for my feet (toes firmly touching the liner) and my heels still lifted. I'm currently in Tecnica Icon Carbons which are comfortable, but I still have heel lift issues even after using the Tecnica inserts and extra padding. I read another article that mentioned that Lange's were more in line with my foot type. Any opinions?
2. Do I have a prayer of getting a professional fit in a weekend?
3. I'm considering orthotics for running. Can these same orthotics be used in ski boots?
1. Unfortunately, there are few good answers for the wide forefoot/ narrow heel skier. For production boots, you might like the Tecnica Diablo Magnesium, which is wide in the forefoot, medium to lower in the instep, and slightly narrower in the heel. These boots will most likely fit better than your current boot.
For real heel hold, you might consider a true race boot. In my experience, the Atomic Race Tech TI and the Tecnica Diablo Race can accomodate wider forefeet (with some grinding and stretching). The Nordica Doberman Pro 130 can sometimes work, but it does have a higher than average instep.
Another option might be the Atomic Race Tech CS.
2. A weekend is almost always enough time to get the boot set up properly. Still, a week is always better, just in case.
3. Depends on the person and how the orthotics were made. Can also depend on the goals of the skier in question.
Hope you find this helpful,