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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum. I have not skied for about 10 years but have now decided to take it up again. I would guess I am an advanced beginner. I can parallel turn and do short swings etc. Can't recall how comfortable on black runs I was and have only been off piste once!

Anyway I am a UK size 11 I think that equates to a US 12. I do not have access to a boot fitter which seems to be the most appropriate course of action. I need to buy a pair off the shelf really. I have been on a couple of dry slopes with exactly the same problem I had when I first skied. I have very wide feet! I measured them and across the widest part of the forefoot they are 125mm.

Can anyone recommend a boot which is either this wide or the widest boot on the market so that it requires the least expanding to make it fit. To give you some measure have used the widest pair of hire boots I could only keep them on for about 5 mins before the pain became too much.

Any recommendations regarding off the shelf models would be appreciated. I have tried looking on several manufactures websites but they do not always have such info and they all seem to be about 105mm.

Regards

Nick Jones
post #2 of 17
Nick, welcome to epic. There are so many variables that everyone here is going to agree that you need to find a bootfitter. That said, I sympathize with you as I also have a 125mm forefoot. As a general rule, the widest, generaklly available stock boots would be the Atomic "B-series" (they call these "widebody" and have a relatively wide forefoot. The other most common choice would be the Technica Vento series. The technica is prob a bit higher volume overall, the Atomic prob wider forefoot but more fitting a flatter, lower instep.

Another consideration is that an orthotic footbed can sometimes reposition a pronating foot such that less width is required.

You really need to see a good boot-fitter, but should be a good starting point.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks,

I was starting to think no one else had this problem. I do appreciate the idea of needing a bootfitter but at present in part due to time commitments and geograhpy that is not going to be possible. I will have a look at the 2 boots you suggested.

Thanks

Nick
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Sorry I forgot to ask do you know the forefoot width of the Atomic and the Technica?

Regards

Nick
post #5 of 17
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Sorry I forgot to ask do you know the forefoot width of the Atomic and the Technica?

Regards

Nick
Can't answer this question, but will second the opinion on the Atomic B series. However, don't dismiss the need for a good bootfitter and being shell sized for the best fit. I've just gone from an Atomic B7/shell size 28 to a Lange Comp 100/shell size 27. The Atomics are comfortable, have great heel hold, but after two season skiing them, i utlimately found them too wide (too much foot movement when applying inside edge pressure). The Langes will probably need the toe box blown out a fraction, but the difference in control was immediately noticable.
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Edited by RUIDI WIRSCH - 1/20/11 at 4:00pm
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

Manufacturers Specs

Does anyone know if there is a website which provides the actual dimensions of individual boots. I have looked at both the Atomic B series and the Technica Vento but cannot find any measurements.

Thanks in advance

Regards

Nick
post #8 of 17
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Does anyone know if there is a website which provides the actual dimensions of individual boots. I have looked at both the Atomic B series and the Technica Vento but cannot find any measurements.

Thanks in advance

Regards

Nick
This is really not the right approach. I know it is tempting to think you can just check the measurements and find the best fit, but it really doesn'r work that way. Differences in liner, footbed and shape make this almost worthless. You have to try them on and see.
post #9 of 17
Salomon Falcon and the x-wave 10 are also wider forefront boots. The x/10 more so.
post #10 of 17
The Widebody Atomics are wider than the X-Wave series (I know! My feet know, too). The Salomons are wider all along their length, so if you have big fat heels, they might be better. the Atomic Widebodies are nipped in at the heels. You might have to find boots big enough to start with though, and then go the stretching route for the width thing.

I vaguely remember that Nordica catered to people with very large feet. Although 12/13 isn't that large for a bloke, is it?

I have a Triple E width foot (or wider) and the Widebodies fit me wonderfully. However since in teaching you stand around a lot, I had mine blown out at the buniony bits of my feet and my big toes. If I was using them for just skiing, I wouldn't have needed to blow them out.
post #11 of 17
As a female with hideously wide feet, I have always had issues finding any kind of shoes to fit properly since shoes/boots made for women are often made far too narrow. That is, until I found Salomon. I wear Salomon ski boots, inline skates, and even the Salomon trail runners for in gym use. They are the only brand that consistently fits my freakish, Peggy Hill-like feet. Until Birkenstock starts making ski boots, Salomon works best for me.
post #12 of 17
Wide ball, narrow heel. I have Salomon, but had to stretch the little-toe side quite a bit.
post #13 of 17

is there a particular style that you have found good for very wide feet (but narrow heels).  i have a size 9.5 with a c/d wide in street shoes.

post #14 of 17

Tecnica HVL

post #15 of 17

Nick- I've had this problem forever I have an EEE width foot.   I figured I had three options (though the first two are awful). 

 

1.  Buy big and have your feet swim- it's comfy but you lose so much control.

2.  ski barefoot and deal (I used to do this when I was on the team.  It *sucks*.)

3.  strolz or surefoot or the like. 

 

I have tried atomics, technicas, and even a pair of dolomites over the past 23 years, all with very mixed success.  Good luck.  I was typically in searing pain by my 5th run every day I skied.  I'm finally in extra wide strolz that have been stretched post-fitting twice, and I think I'll stay in these forever.  Took a while to save up for them though.  

 

p.s. I knew a guy who skied barefoot who once sprayed WD-40 on his feet to get them into his boots.   Not the sharpest knife in the knife bag, that guy.

 

 

 

 

post #16 of 17

I second the HVL's. I have a wide foot with deep arches, and they still had to "work" the liners and notch the shells. Get custom footbeds, too. Buy the boots at a good shop, they'll make them fit. You will probably go back a few times for adjustments too, which you can't do if you buy them at a discount-price on the 'net...

post #17 of 17

Tecnicas hvl lasts are 106mm at size 26. Atomic b series boots are 104mm at size 26. Atomic b series has an asymmetrical toe box which also helps with wide fore foots. Atomic does narrow in the arch to heel area. Bony naviculars will need attention. Head edge series boots are also wide and comfy.

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