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Taking up boot volume

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Has anyone ever used an aftermarket insole on top of the stock insole (instead of replacing the stock insole) to help fit a narrow foot?

The more common approach, as I understand it, would be to put in a thicker board between boot and liner. But since I've already got the Superfeet and the original insoles, I wonder if stacking them might accomplish the same thing.

I'm testing it right now and really can't tell much difference, neither better nor worse. The buckles are even on the same notches as with just one insole.
post #2 of 20
1) yes it will fill up pmore volume for a tighter fit but if you can;t tell the differnce with a second insole in I think the boots are 1-2 sizes big...

1-2cm shell fit is what you want. I would guess 4+ for that...
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Shell fit is under 1.6 cm (can only fit a 5/8" dowell in if I bunch up my toes). But my feet are so darn narrow! I thought I'd be good with all Langes, but this is their "medium fit" version.

I'm half-tempted to jam the right liner into the left shell, and vice-versa. That should skinny it up!
post #4 of 20
WOW, ya narrow foot for sure (and low instep height too), me wrong ....


pad the sides of the liners to reduce the volume, or try the race or LF.

what size? iI have some old stock cheap if you want to go new/narrow
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
These are a 9.5 CRL90 (mens). I usually wear about a 10.5 street shoe, but that can vary a lot by brand. I have 2 pair that are width-sized (1 New Balance and 1 dress shoe), both are B. I wasn't paying that close attention before, but it could even be that I'm more like A and they didn't have it in stock. I'm just used to lacing 'em up good.
post #6 of 20
I have a 9 banschee pro, in race fit (narrow) from 2002ish, new for $200US shipped ......

but ya a b-a width you need the lange race or LF fit
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
What's the stiffness on that? What is the equivalent current model?
post #8 of 20
100 to 120 FR is the current boot, with the same shape and flex

should eb a bit stiffer then what you have, but you can pull the back rivits to make it softer to try that


FYI: the numbers on the lange boots do not translate model to model. A CRL90 is not 10% softer then a 100 FR. I find them about the same, just marketing numbers, not a "real" measurement of anything
post #9 of 20
also have a lange plug boot in 10, way narrower and stiffer (ZC/ZC) like a narrow, stiff 130LF $250 plus shipping
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
I'll think about those, and maybe try to pad first...

I've read that Dobermanns are good for narrow feet - any opinions on that?
post #11 of 20
the race ones are narrow as are the head RD's etc

problem will be most narrow boots are stiff, If you like the CRL90 flex they other ones might be too stiff and most JR race boots will not go that big.

PM me if you need them
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm thinking stiffer would be good, too. CRL90 is ok when weight is equal, but pretty flexy when I stand on one.

Thanks for the suggestions!
post #13 of 20
Dave:

Weren't you going to trade that boot in for the next size down??

I'm thinking that you don't need a boot that is much stiffer than what you have. Most of the real race models are going to be stiffer than you need for where you are with your skiing for right now.

SJ
post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yep, this is the next size down! Shell fit is something less than 5/8" (my smallest dowel - it only fits in with toes bunched up). But is still pretty darn wide. Tighter buckles &/or 2 insoles seems to press on top of foot more than snug the sides. Was talking to K. about it some at the shop, she was great but suggested getting your input (also, that was before I had actually skied on them - now they have 1 day). Whatcha think?
post #15 of 20
Yow!! How didja ever ski in that other pr. ??

I can narrow up the fit for you and reduce volume from the top (tongue) down, rather than from the bottom up. This isn't the greatest solution, but it would be an improvement in the short term. Realistically, a really low volume fit like the 95mm Lange for next year would come closer to what you need but getting that one in the right flex (ZA/ZA) might be tough.

I'm going to Mammoth next week for the trade fair and will see all my rep friends, so I'll axe around.

SJ
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by SierraJim
I'm going to Mammoth next week for the trade fair and will see all my rep friends, so I'll axe around.

SJ
Jim, would you consider giving us a report on significant news for '07 in the boot world? I'm frustrated with my current boot situation and am debating whether I should go to a plug or wait for '07 retail boots to arrive.
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
That sounds great, Jim - I'll call to see when'd be a good time for you to tweak 'em.

Funny you mention 95mm... I was reading my Nordica brochure - said they had 95 and 98 mm lasts - so I measured and was right on 95. In a Lange, is that a "Low Fit"... or some supersecret mojo they don't advertise?
post #18 of 20
keep in mind I dont think anyone posts what size the XXmm is for. might be differnt brand to brand.

I think the lange is one of the softest/narrowest around.

all plugs are narrow/stiff really
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm definately down with the idea that it's all relative... heck, even my t-shirt collection ranges from small to XL!
post #20 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by uncle crud
Jim, would you consider giving us a report on significant news for '07 in the boot world? I'm frustrated with my current boot situation and am debating whether I should go to a plug or wait for '07 retail boots to arrive.
Unk:

I'd be gald to if I could figure the dang thing out for myself.................:

My problem is that I try to buy for specific fit solutions but the sample sizes (26 shell typically) are seldom useful for my 28.5 (brannock) foot. Plus a significant part of what is shown are not "real" finished products.

I have to rely on what the rep and product managers know about the fits and they often don't know themselves how the liners are going to be when the stuff hits the shores in August.

SJ
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