Originally Posted by sywsyw
I like this post. You are an honest guy.
Unfortunately, it seems i was right.
Let me tell you my point of view which probably makes sense now.
IMO, the problem is the boot itself. You clearly said that you have long, narrow feet. Well, the Mag fit all types of feet but narrow. While it is somewhat narrow in the heel, it is VERY WIDE in the forefoot. I believe you were sized correctly. Ironically, the biggest problem (IMO) is not the forefoot width but the fact that the Mag runs big. Please read the posts from Epic and from the mags. These are the two reasons which made me say all those things.
I also believe that with other companies, your size would probably be 29.5
However, i do not agree with the opinion of the pedorthist you saw regarding the lasts of the Tecnicas. I do not know if they are Heads or not, but their last have gotten anything but narrower in recent years. For example, the Mag is narrower in the heel and wider in the forefoot than the Icon ALu Comp. Another is example is the Diablo Race Pro. It is higher volume than the XT (which was and still is in a class of its own) it replaced.
what you should do? I do not know but i can give you this piece of advice: ask Jeff Bergeron on his thread. He answered some posts today and i expect him to answer the rest tomorrow. This is your chance to get a quick answer. Just make sure you follow his format.
IMO you should change the boot. If they would change it with a 28.5 that would be better but still not ideal IMO. I think you should be looking for another boot which fits your feet better. that's why i recommended Jeff.
All good advice. You know what though, you could probably see 10 bootfitters and get 10 different opinions. Granted I've only been skiing these boots 3 days and I agree that with more days that they will pack out, but right now they feel great on my feet and I don't feel looseness or play. I don't have to overtighten the buckles to get good control. The fit feels snug and in the absence of all other information, you have to have some input on how boots feel on your feet and how they ski, because no one but you knows how they feel. I did try on Nordicas, Lange Comp 120s and both the Diablo Race Pro and Mag in the Tecnicas. I can and will post the question to Jeff, but how much can he do over the net when he can't see my foot or see how a boot actually fits me.
OK, now onto the Pedorthist I saw today. His name is Bill Curley at Inverness Ski in Waitsfield, VT. I'll ask him again but he claimed Tecnica bought some of Head's lasts and is using them. As for the width, I'd have to back and ask him again. Maybe what he said is what you said, narrower in the heel, which actually is good for me, wider in the forefoot.
As for my foot, he said my problem is that the area where my foot is the widest is in a different place than it is for the 'average' foot. Thus, if I bought street shoes in a size that fit the length of my right foot (12.5 US or even 13) I would find the shoes extremely wide and would float around in them. OTOH, if I buy size 11 shoes my toes hit the front.
Bill thought that the Tecnicas could work for me, or the Nordica Doberman, he may have mentioned one other boot, it escapes me now.
What I do know is that I should have listened to a friend of mine who recommended a great bootfitter in northern NJ at Heinos ski shop (Greg) on Rt 23. It is a good 90 min drive from my house, but if I had seen him (or Bill) I might have ended up a different boot and maybe a smaller size.
Bill's philosophy is go with a smaller shell, then do custom fitting (i.e. grinding, stretching etc) to get the fit as precise as possible. This is especially true for my feet, which are long and relatively narrow.
BTW, you never answered my question on shell fit. When you put your bare foot into the shell and your toes touch the front, how much space should there be behind your heel?