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post #1 of 26
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My girlfriend is looking for new boots, but we're having alot of trouble finding anything appropriate. She needs a size 23, maybe even a 22.5 and it seems like alot of companies don't make high end boots that small. She wants something fairly stiff (80-100 Nordica, Lange; 8-10 in Atomic, Head etc.) To complicate matters, she has a very narrow heel. Does anyone, especially advanced women skiers, have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help.
post #2 of 26
My wife is in the Nordica Beast 12W. 90 flex.She likes them.
post #3 of 26
My girlfriend skis on the Tecnica diablo flame ladies boot and she has been very happy. I also know that the Race pro comes in some softer flexs and is a very good high performance with a low volume fit.
post #4 of 26

tecnica flame

I have a pair of tecnica flames brand new in box size 23.5 same shell size as a 23,0 send a pm if interested. These boots are awesome, so says my wife. I could let them go at a very reasonable price. Will even include 2 different footbeds.
post #5 of 26
Try Lange and Nordica. Nordica will have a different foot shape than the Lange, which I think will have the shape you are looking for. Langes tend to have a narrow heel, high arch, and a forefoot that won't fit my forefoot - so it must be below average in volume - but it is significantly wider than the heel. The Nordica will be shaped with much less arch and more room in the heel area as a result.

Have her try on the Lange Race 100's or 90's (not sure the full name, but they are blue with a flex of 100 or 90) and the Nordica Dobermann WC100 (if this is too narrow they might make a 100 Pro, which is 3mm wider). Both should run very small (tend toward junior sizes) as well as offering great low volume fits and VERY high performance. Most of the small girls on my ski team use one of those two boots.

Later

GREG
post #6 of 26
The boots Heluva recommended are great choices but i would like to say just one thing: the Lange has more forward lean while the Nordica is more upright. This is extremely important, especially for women skiers (IMO).
post #7 of 26
come see me on sunday

lange team 100, lange W 100 FR, lange 100 W, lange plug RL1 Zb flex.

all in 22 (275mm sole lenght) and some in the 266mm...
post #8 of 26
I've known a few women that dealt with small boot problems (getting a high enough performance) by getting top of the line, high performance, race Junior boots.
post #9 of 26
Last year I was in the same situation as your girlfriend - small foot, narrow heel, looking for a very small but high-end boot - so I have some experience with the boots suggested here. I go along with HeluvaSkier's recommendations and Manus' suggestion to try junior race boots. In the end I bought the Lange team 100 that mntlion suggests. The heel fits perfectly; it was initially too snug in the toebox, but the shop took care of that. I'm delighed with the effect it's had on my skiing.

A bootfitter whose opinion I respect also suggested the Tecnica flame, which is said to have a narrow heel and relatively wide toebox. But I would have had to commit to it without trying it first, so I can't say whether it would have worked or not. I had also expected to like the Nordica Beast 12, but when I tried them, even in a 22, they seemed loose. I think my foot's a bit smaller than hers, though. (I believe the sole length on my Lange boot is 266.)

There *is* a big difference in forward lean between the Langes and my old boot (Salomon xwave) but on the hill I perfer it.

Hope this helps.

Maggy
post #10 of 26
the technica diablo race pro junior could be an option. seems identical to the adult version (except flex of course) and is alot cheaper.
post #11 of 26
You might try the Head S10 Women's in a 23. It comes with two bootboards( the one installed at the factory is narrow with "sidewalls" or you can put in the flat one which makes the boot wider). The Nordica Beast size 22 and 23 use the same shell - a smaller liner is in the 22. I've put many smaller women in a Lange Comp 100 Team.
post #12 of 26
My Wife has Dolomite Rage 8X and really likes them.
Flex index 100.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Try Lange and Nordica. Nordica will have a different foot shape than the Lange, which I think will have the shape you are looking for. Langes tend to have a narrow heel, high arch, and a forefoot that won't fit my forefoot - so it must be below average in volume - but it is significantly wider than the heel. The Nordica will be shaped with much less arch and more room in the heel area as a result.

Have her try on the Lange Race 100's or 90's (not sure the full name, but they are blue with a flex of 100 or 90) and the Nordica Dobermann WC100 (if this is too narrow they might make a 100 Pro, which is 3mm wider). Both should run very small (tend toward junior sizes) as well as offering great low volume fits and VERY high performance. Most of the small girls on my ski team use one of those two boots.

Later

GREG
But where does a girl try them on??? I cannot find these boots to try. I did find Lange comps in various numbers, but they were too wide still. I'd love to try Jr. race boots as an option, but again, impossible to find retail. I can buy online, but do not want to without trying on...
post #14 of 26
tecnica flame for 200 includes shipping pm me if interested
post #15 of 26
I had trouble with the forward lean on the Lange 100. The Nordica Doberman 100 fit better actually.(Recommended by Jeff Bergeron when I tried to see if he could do anything with the Langes which were very pretty-blue, nice buckles, down...) Narrow enough with no pain spots. I found a good deal online on the kids Nordica Doberman Team 70 in the same size 22.5.
Mom-If you check with Surefeet they can locate them on their computer and I think they can get them for you.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mom
But where does a girl try them on??? I cannot find these boots to try. I did find Lange comps in various numbers, but they were too wide still. I'd love to try Jr. race boots as an option, but again, impossible to find retail. I can buy online, but do not want to without trying on...

I have the 100 team in 275 and 266mm and the plug boots in 4,5,6 Zb (soft flex) in my store if you want.

plugs $250 , new in box.

PM me for info
post #17 of 26
Well, being from NY I am not that familiar with shops in New Mexico. I frequent a very well known race shop in Rochester NY that does GREAT boot fittings (Snow Country), and they carry all of the models I mentioned. Most of the racers that race on my team go there for fittings, and all of my boots have either come from there, or been fitted there at one time or another. You will most likely find what you are looking for at a race shop (not a shop that carries retail race skis). The kinds of products you will be looking for that they stock are plug boots, race stock skis, suits, guards, etc. Most high end race shops are equiped with a large stock of low volume boots, as well as a very large stock of boots that cator to a younger crowd (whether it be true junior boots, or boots designed for the J3 type racer). You may do very well in the Dobermann WC 100 providing you can find them to try on. The shell is similar to the WC 150, so by trying that boot you can at least see if the volume is what you are looking for.
Later
GREG
post #18 of 26
Just a bump here. My daughter, a J1, is looking for race boots in a 22.5 size. She has some Heads (forget the model) that are way too soft for racing. When she started looking online, it seems many of the boots she likes just aren't made in her size. I question whether Junior race boots will be stiff enough for her. She may be small, but she is all muscle. She's been in I think seven ski shops in the Bozeman and Whitefish, MT, areas and found zip. Naturally we are leery of buying without being able to try them on. One pair she did try on had a hot spot right by a rivet and the shop guy said that he couldn't help her with a problem there. Those were some Heads they had that were a few years old. Anyone have anything in mind to help?
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post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
Those are a full size too big. 22.5, not 23.5
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan View Post
My girlfriend is looking for new boots, but we're having alot of trouble finding anything appropriate. She needs a size 23, maybe even a 22.5 and it seems like alot of companies don't make high end boots that small. She wants something fairly stiff (80-100 Nordica, Lange; 8-10 in Atomic, Head etc.) To complicate matters, she has a very narrow heel. Does anyone, especially advanced women skiers, have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help.
If she's looking for high-end I suggest she visit a professional bootfitter. He'll tell her what kind of boot will be best for her foot.

She's cheating herself (out of money and skiing potential) if she's getting high-end boots but not getting them professionally fitted.

People might say: "Well, I got high-end boots and they're great". Thing is - they'd be so much better if they were fitted.

No one ever had a proper bootfitting and didn't think it was worth it.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by Manus View Post
I've known a few women that dealt with small boot problems (getting a high enough performance) by getting top of the line, high performance, race Junior boots.
I agree. Got a pair for myself.
post #23 of 26
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I agree. Got a pair for myself.
Me too. Just picked up the Lange WC 100 Junior in a 23.5. Off to the boot fitter for stretch & grind in the forefoot and toe area on Sunday! I'm curious to get them on the snow to see how the additional forward lean affects my skiing as well (they're a bit more agressive than my Salomon Equipe 9.0)
post #24 of 26
Purchased Dobermann team 80s. Had to do it in September in order to get to try them on before buying. Otherwise the race kids snap them all up. plan to try 'em out first time this weekend.
post #25 of 26
Just noticed how old this topic is - Dec 05. Still relevant! Mom - glad you found your boot.
Volklgirl - I got the same boot as you in a 22.5. When side by side with my old nordica W8's, the forward lean seemed to be about the same. Punch and grind for my toe also!
post #26 of 26

Thank You Loveland Ski Shop

And Sue Booker. First day on snow yesterday; first day in the new boots. It was GREAT! Needed a little additional tweaking at half day, but I have to say it was the best experience I've had purchasing boots in the over twenty years I've skied. Highly recommend Loveland Ski shop: good deal, nice people, very patient and really listened. Ladies who need boots within driving distance of Loveland - go see Sue.
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