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So I know this is a realllly old post and everything, but I looked it up because it's still really relevant to those of us with "wide calf syndrome". 

 

I have been going to Bretton Woods because they rent Dalbellos, and my boots after boots never fit, and once I found Dalbellos, the search was over... but I couldn't afford the boots if I wanted to take my kids skiing, and get them lessons and their own rentals and yada yada yada.

 

So I'm buying my first set this year. True, because they are made for us folks who tend not to be in the best shape, they are a little soft, but on the other hand, they don't kill my calves, and they are the first boot not to do that. I've tried the heel lifters, but they (of course) pull my heel out of the pocket and decrease my control, and actually don't do that much to help out with the calf problem. I read that Tecnicas have a strong product, which may be a response to their 1990's reputation for being mostly a racing boot... frankly, I've never tried them because I can't get the psychology of "they'll be too tight" out of my head.

 

I've also heard that Dolomite has a good line, but I can't verify that from personal experience.

 

Good luck, if you're still out there and reading!

post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by JulieSki View Post

I have been going to Bretton Woods because they rent Dalbellos, and my boots after boots never fit, and once I found Dalbellos, the search was over... but I couldn't afford the boots if I wanted to take my kids skiing, and get them lessons and their own rentals and yada yada yada.

 

So I'm buying my first set this year. True, because they are made for us folks who tend not to be in the best shape, they are a little soft, but on the other hand, they don't kill my calves, and they are the first boot not to do that. I've tried the heel lifters, but they (of course) pull my heel out of the pocket and decrease my control, and actually don't do that much to help out with the calf problem. I read that Tecnicas have a strong product, which may be a response to their 1990's reputation for being mostly a racing boot... frankly, I've never tried them because I can't get the psychology of "they'll be too tight" out of my head.

 

I've also heard that Dolomite has a good line, but I can't verify that from personal experience.

I got Technicas this year, and for the first time I have a boot that is both stiff enough for me and uprighht enough.  I got them at Green Mountain Orthotics Lab, at  Stratton.  I Drove up early to SnoProJam (a PSIA event) which was at Killington, so I could get new boots and a whole new fit, including new footbeds (my old ones had passed the ten year mark).  It was interesting getting to ski in what was a new upright position.  The first day of ProJam, I skied like a cow on ice.  Once I got the feeling dialed in my form came back, and then some.  The key here is to go to  a very good bootfitter.  Every time I have tried to short cut the process it has not worked out well for me.  

post #34 of 43

All, I'm new to this site and just found this thread which is a very current issue I am dealing with.  I see this is an older thread and I was wondering if anyone knew of anything of a more recent model that could work?

 

I'm currently looking for a pair of boots to fit my feet which are both very wide and also have a very high instep.  Oh, I also have very large calves.

 

I've been to a couple of shops in my area, but they seem to think they'll need to customize anything that can get close to fitting.  It's getting frustrating.

 

I came somewhat close with a pair of Jakk boots by Dalbello, but they were still too tight on my instep and crushing my pinky toes...

 

Any input would be great!

post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hammerojustice View Post

All, I'm new to this site and just found this thread which is a very current issue I am dealing with.  I see this is an older thread and I was wondering if anyone knew of anything of a more recent model that could work?

I'm currently looking for a pair of boots to fit my feet which are both very wide and also have a very high instep.  Oh, I also have very large calves.

I've been to a couple of shops in my area, but they seem to think they'll need to customize anything that can get close to fitting.  It's getting frustrating.

I came somewhat close with a pair of Jakk boots by Dalbello, but they were still too tight on my instep and crushing my pinky toes...

Any input would be great!

I have the same issue, played soccer from the age of 4 all the way through Div I college. Got the big soccer calves along with the world's most flattest feet. A podiatrist even took an impression of my feet for custom orthotics, and he keeps the impression on display in his office because they are so flat.

After about 5 yrs of various boots I have had pretty good success with the Salomon X-Pro 120. Heat moldable shell so it will expand the foot area, and the area around the calf while still keeping a nice heel pocket and the overall feel of a nice race boot.

Also, fit wise I had some good experience with head boots in general the shape of the forefoot worked with my foot. When I would find myself in a bind with rental shops before I bought boots, the head boots seemed to be the only ones that worked.

Make sure to go to a quality bootmaker, alot of shops around the country just stock the dalbello boss, and though it may work for some people, I find the shops I went to would just stick me into that and it would be way too big and I would slide all over the place.

The Salomon xpro120 gave me the space and fit I needed with the performance of a race boot. Good luck, I understand the frustration of going through the process of finding a new shell
post #36 of 43
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I have the same issue, played soccer from the age of 4 all the way through Div I college. Got the big soccer calves along with the world's most flattest feet. A podiatrist even took an impression of my feet for custom orthotics, and he keeps the impression on display in his office because they are so flat.

After about 5 yrs of various boots I have had pretty good success with the Salomon X-Pro 120. Heat moldable shell so it will expand the foot area, and the area around the calf while still keeping a nice heel pocket and the overall feel of a nice race boot.

Also, fit wise I had some good experience with head boots in general the shape of the forefoot worked with my foot. When I would find myself in a bind with rental shops before I bought boots, the head boots seemed to be the only ones that worked.

Make sure to go to a quality bootmaker, alot of shops around the country just stock the dalbello boss, and though it may work for some people, I find the shops I went to would just stick me into that and it would be way too big and I would slide all over the place.

The Salomon xpro120 gave me the space and fit I needed with the performance of a race boot. Good luck, I understand the frustration of going through the process of finding a new shell
Thanks! I, too, not only have the soccer calves from playing since 4, but also being a catcher in baseball for years...

I can't find anyone around here that has anything other than Atomic, Dalbello, or Tecnica.

I'd hate to order a boot online without trying it on first.

Do I order online???
post #37 of 43
Also, what's the difference between the XPro90, XPro100, & XPro120?
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hammerojustice View Post

Thanks! I, too, not only have the soccer calves from playing since 4, but also being a catcher in baseball for years...

I can't find anyone around here that has anything other than Atomic, Dalbello, or Tecnica.

I'd hate to order a boot online without trying it on first.

Do I order online???

Definitely do not order online. The Salomon has a fit process you go through where they bake the boots and liners together and they place it on your feet to cool, this allows the molding process to take place and the shell will expand in the problem areas. Even after the baking process, later they can even add punches in certain hot spots if you're still experiencing discomfort. It is well worth your time to buy at a reputable boot fitter and get the whole custom job done. Usually they will do the whole thing for free after you buy the boot and even let you come back throughout your trip for fine tuning. If you are only skiing locally and not planning a trip then ask around and see who the best bootfitter within driving distance is a make a weekend out of it. Once you get the boot right everything becomes remarkably more enjoyable
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by Hammerojustice View Post

Also, what's the difference between the XPro90, XPro100, & XPro120?

The numerical in any boot model refers to the overall stiffness of the boot. This is dependant on Ski level, the terrain difficulty you Ski, body weight, etc.

There is no generalization as to which boot stiffness you should choose. You really need to go to a bootfitter who knows what they are doing and give them the most honest answers to their questions. It really makes a difference.
post #40 of 43
Another boot that might work is the Atomic Hawz Magna. Guy I work for says he has Fred Flintstone feet and that's what he uses for his very wide feet and big calves. BUT, as has been stated you need to go see a bootfitter.
post #41 of 43
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The numerical in any boot model refers to the overall stiffness of the boot. This is dependant on Ski level, the terrain difficulty you Ski, body weight, etc.

There is no generalization as to which boot stiffness you should choose. You really need to go to a bootfitter who knows what they are doing and give them the most honest answers to their questions. It really makes a difference.

So, if I'm heavy, I'd want the higher number?

 

How do I find a boot fitter near me?  Is there some kind of list somewhere?

post #42 of 43
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So, if I'm heavy, I'd want the higher number?

 

How do I find a boot fitter near me?  Is there some kind of list somewhere?

 

As i said in my previous post, there is no way to generalize what number flex of a boot you should get. I know that alot of online deals make it tempting to purchase online but if you are posting in this forum about having a hard time finding boots, even if you get a boot at a great price online you will still need to get it customized at a shop somewhere which will cost some money to do. That is of course if you even got the right boot to begin with.

 

Flex Number of a boot has to do with how well you can flex the boot stiffness. So yes in general you can say the heavier you are than it will be easier to flex softer boots and you would need a stiffer boot. But as I said previously, it has to do with your skill level, what terrain and where you are skiing, etc, along with your body weight/type. You really need to find a good bootfitter and get it done properly. Either wait til you go on a trip somewhere or ask around and see who the best bootfitters are within a drivable distance from you. 

 

There is a list of bootfitters under the ask a boot guy subsection of this forum, and I have also had great success with a couple of the guys in Colorado on this website:

 

http://www.bootfitters.com/find-a-fitter

 

Not much more I can help you with. You really need to find a bootfitter

post #43 of 43
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How do I find a boot fitter near me?  Is there some kind of list somewhere?

There is no definitive, all- inclusive list.  The fitters on America's Best Bootfitters pay to be listed.  There is no fitter listed for the Tahoe although there are several excellent fitters there.  You can check the "Who's Who" on the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum here and see if there is someone listed near you or you can tell us where you live and where you ski and odds are someone here can recommend a fitter.

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