Originally Posted by TheinBomb
I bought these boots for my wife -http://www.cupolosports.com/nosm12wlaski.html
I know it is too late to do anything about it - but feel free to tell me that I was stupid for doing this.
I did find a good review of the boot here -http://www.bootfitters.com/archives/nt_performance.htm
If I wasn't stupid, do you think these would make good boots for my girls too?
Thanks for all your help!
PS - I missed out on one set of bindings (and that seller on ebay had those same skis (the Saloman Crossmax 10T) for $50.00 cheaper on an auction that ended earlier today - so I'm going to have to play the waiting game). When it comes to bindings for my wife's skis - does it have to "say" that it would work on a rail system?
Concerning the boots, buying boots on line is not a good idea. Boots need to fit perfectly and selecting sight-unseen is almost always a mistake. I would read the FAQ sticky at the very top of this forum;Boots
Boots are the single most important piece of ski equipment you can own, the first equipment you should purchase, and the ones that are most personal for you. The single most important characteristic of a ski boot is how well it fits your physiology; specifically, how well the boot's last and angles (forward lean and boot board ramp--called the zeppa angle
) match you. You need to be in balance and in neutral when you are in cuff neutral with your skis parallel, so the boots need to get you into this position. Find the right specialist to get you into the right boot! This is critical to your skiing success.
The best way to make sure that the boots fits you well is to use one of the EpicSki recommended boot fitters
. These fitters tend to go beyond just stuffing your foot into a boot, but are able to adjust the boot to fit your foot exceedingly well. In addition, many are able to balance the boots to make sure that you are in perfect balance when standing on your skis--both fore/aft and lateral/medial.
This really is the best way to find boots.
Best by a wide margin.
If, however, you insist on doing it on your own or, heaven forbid, you are unable to access one of the accomplished bootfitters mentioned here. Then we have a little more advice...
Know the general performance level of ski boot that you seek. Many Bears will recommend that you purchase the highest-quality ski boot that you can. I recommend that high-level skiers seriously consider consumer or true race "plug boots" (see Jeff Bergeron's current answers thread
for a lot on this)
The closest fit is best accomplished by getting a boot with a shell that most closely resembles the shape of your foot and leg. To discover this, shell fit the boot.
To shell fit a boot, first remove the liner. With the liner out of the shell, place your foot into the shell with your toes ever-so-slightly touching the front of the boot, look at the distance from your heel to the back of the boot.
This distance should be 1-2 finger-widths (approximately 1-2cm). Use the shorter end of the scale for more demanding performance, the longer end for a bit more comfort at the price of a bit lower performance.
Next, look at the shape of the shell. Is it wide where your foot is wide, narrow where your foot is narrow? Does the cuff approximate the shape of your lower leg and calf muscle?
It is often useful to remove the plastic spoiler from the back of the cuff so that the boot is a bit more upright and can accommodate a normal or low calf muscle. Skiers with thin calves may find the spoiler useful in reducing the size of the boot cuff.
After you find a shell that fits your foot pretty well, return the liner to the shell and put your foot in it. Make sure your heel is well-seated in the heel pocket (usually by pressing the heel down and back, flexing the ankle forward, and pulling up on the top of the liner). Then, stand in the boots in positions that approximate your skiing stance.
The liner should wrap your feet much like a pair of hands holding your feet snugly
Take advantage of any balance tests that you can, including standing on a cylinder to see where your balance point is in the boots
The bottom line in ski boots is this: unless you are pursuing FIS points (in which case, you're probably not reading this!), the fit of a ski boot is by far the most important aspect of it. You want it to be snug enough to hold your foot relatively immobile while you careen down a mountainside while also cushioning your feet enough that you can ski for the entire day (not to mention multiple days of a skiing) without pain.
And Mark, the Soft tech 12 was a top-of-the-line "Soft" boot from 5 years ago. These are not ideal for skiers who intend to develop good carving technique.