Originally Posted by mchase83
I am in search of a pair of race boots (Plug or non plug boots) that I can use for everyday freeskiing. I currently own a pair of Head M103R ti boots that fit me well, but I think are too soft. I have a high instep, and a moderatly wide foot. The heads are the first pair of boots that doesn't cause instep pain. I am curently looking at the new Salomon Falcon race/S-lab plug or the Head RS 100/RD 96. Are there any other race boots that would be suitable?
I have the Tecnica Icon Alu Comp shell which is a similar width to your Heads. I have a D width foot (100mm forefoot width. This is medium). I tried on a few plugs and i can tell you that the Lange WC 150 (full plug) is a boot you could try on. I do not know how wide your heel is but the boot should fit the rest of the foot pretty well. The instep is very high (this is good for you), the forefoot is medium (fits my forefoot pretty well out of the box)and the ankle/heel is quite narrow. In this area the boot requires a fair amount of fitting.
Keep in mind that the WC 150's cuff is roomy. It does not work well for a skinny lower leg.
Real9999 is absolutely correct. I tried on the RT plug (this year's Ti) and it has a lower instep. Its forefoot is pretty wide for a plug, but that's the way it was designed to work. The boot is very tight in the ankle/heel and mid foot while the fore foot and especially the toe box are wider. The fit is more accomodating in the forefoot and toe box because the toes need to sit flat in the toe box. This creates a more athletic stance and the skier is better balanced. I found the toe box pretty wide (although from the first met-head it is tight fitting). Because the rest of the foot is held so well, the toes can have more room to articulate and create a more athletic stance. This is how my current boot fits. It is very tight in the ankle/heel/instep/lower leg and comfortable in the forefoot and toe box. Most of the control comes from the ankle/heel/instep/lower leg. Thus the toe box can be comfortable, warm and i will have my toe nails at the end of the day