Originally Posted by jack hallam
I'll try again and number my questions this time, sorry for not being able to read your instructions properly.
By the way a guy in Whistler helped me once with some ski's and I went there deliberately and bought some stuff off him so I will certainly do the same for you next year if you can help me - no bull!
I know this seems like groundhog day but I don't seem to have had a reply from you.
To give you further background info I'm 35, 210lbs, 5' 8" (well built not fat!)been skiing since I was 5 so fairly good.
I posted this ages ago and I know you've tried to reply but I can't seem to pick it up. I also e-mailed you a copy of the outline of my foot as a further aid (over the top I know but I want to get this sorted once and for all!).
Been in hospital to have a disc removed from my spine but back at home now and the drugs are wearing off! Any replies now would be appreciated as I'm bed bound for the next 3 weeks and it will give me something to think about. I'd like to get a snug fit on my foot and leg without all the pain.
I've had a pair of Salomon X-waves for three years now and had them altered (outer) new linings (thermofit) messed around with heel insert, taken footbeds out/in/ new ones and still can't get the right fit. I'm told the Salomon's are still the best for my feet.
My feet are wide as are my calves but my ankles are thin.
The problem I have is heel lift and too much space (hence movement) in the top of the boot, resulting in a lack of control transerring to the ski. Resulting in me being mad and lacking confidence when off piste.
This is illiminated if I wind the boots up. The only problem then is massive pain in the arches of my feet and calves as they are too tight.
I've had them profesionally altered at resorts but the problem still rears it's bloody head!
In a measure of desparation I thought I'd board to avoid the discomfort but it's nowhere near as good and my heels still lift!
I know I'll have to have them altered abit but :-
1 Is a good fit possible or am I asking for too much?
2 Can you recommend a boot that would best suit my needs?
Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reposting with numbered questions and sorry to hear about your back.
As far as the boots go, IMO thermoflex liners are not the best answer for heel lift. The problem is they really do not fill the boots. Basically, if the shells have the right shape, they work well. If the shells are too loose, the thermoflex liner will not make the fit tighter. As always, IMO.
Unfortunately, the Salomon Xwave is a bit voluminous in the heel pocket, so it is not that surprising that you are fighting its fit. But there may be hope....
1. A reasonably good fit may be possible, but is likely to require the stock liners. (By reasonable, I mean able to hold your foot well without excessive buckling.) The key is to get an even fit through the entire boot. It sounds likely that you overbuckle to gain control, which is causing all the cramping.
Still, new boots may be required. Overall, I expect we could come up with a solution you would be happy with.
2. I would be happy to recommend some new boots, but I need a little more information. It sounds like you have athletic calves, wide forefeet and narrow heels. Can you give me a sense of how wide your forefeet are? D? EEEEE? Also, do you have high insteps?
Send this info and I should be able to get you started in the right direction.
Talk to you soon (I am going to try to get back soon, anyway),