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Boot confusion

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
This whole ski boot purchase/fitting process is a pain...I figured I'd toss out my situation and see what others think I could/should do:
  • Intermediate skier, around a dozen family day trips a season to small/medium northeast ski areas
  • Street shoe size 9/9.5
  • First pair of boots were Solomon 27.0, kept for 2 seasons but were definitely too big
  • Went to bootfitter, got recommendations to go down a shell size
  • Purchased Tecnica Diablo Spark, 26.5 shell
  • Went back to bootfitter, who checked the shell sizing and saw that I had 2 fingers of space behind the smaller foot, so he recommended I try on 25.5
  • Went back to ski shop, tried on 25.5, quite snug on large foot (toes pressing even when back in heel) and snug but not jammed on smaller foot; salesperson at ski shop thought they would be too tight for recreational skiing and would require a lot of work (and additional $$) from the bootfitter to make right
I've checked around here and I have read about people who have gone down 2 shell sizes, but at the level that I am skiing and will ski in the next 3 - 4 years is it necessary to go down 2 shell sizes to get a "race" fit?

Thanks for any input...
post #2 of 10
If it's snug on your smaller foot, then it is the right size - get the bootfitter to stretch the other one to fit, yes it will cost, but if you go for a fit based on the larger foot, then your smaller one will be in a boot that is too big, and you can't really do much to make a big boot smaller.
post #3 of 10
and the shell fit on the 25 is .....?

1cm is about right for most skiers, 5mm for race.

this is all measured with a footbed too as that can change your foot shape (lenght) a bunch
post #4 of 10
Hows the 26.5 feel on both feet? If the smaller foot is too loose then add a Bonetex insole shim http://www.tognar.com/boot_heater_wa...snowboard.html (basically just a flat insole that comes in different thickness) thats what I do for the smaller foot. Plus I have low volume feet (skinny) was recommended the Salomon Course SC Pro from last years.Its lower volume in the heel so my heels stay put. Pretty sure he went down 2 shell sizes(318 shell to 304mm 26.5 in the Solly) but not sure. Love the boots, had em on last night and the bigger foot did feel tight in the toes but I Know they OK cause I used them last year no problem. Got them in Alta at the Deep Powder House last Jan. My Euro size is 9 but my running shoes are 10-10.5 My foot against the wall measures 28cm or Mondo 28. New boots are $$$ maybe you can find a good bootfitter in MA. Good luck.Ski sock thickness can help or hender the fit a little bit.
post #5 of 10
I'd fit for the smaller foot and make the other one bigger. better to make a small boot bigger, rather then a big boot smaller...
some exceptions for sure, but most of the time that is the best way

9 street in a 25 is about right....
post #6 of 10
In general, the first boots people buy are too big. All too often the sales person will sell the boot the person says "feels good" and that winds up too big. (Unless they have a good bootfitter and they listen to that person)

And in general boots that feel "too small" turn out to be the right size. Boot fitting is both a science and an art with lots of variables. Find and trust a good boot fitter.
post #7 of 10
Hammer, go with the smaller, wear a very thin sock. Also, if yo don't have footbeds, get them when you go to a reputable fitter. I would go to one of the fitters touted here. Take it from someone who has wasted much time and money buying the wrong boots. Whatever money you spend on gettting the boots fit correctly will be cheaper than buying boots that don't fit properly. You spend all that money on lift tickets, gear and such, so why not spend a couple hundred and do it right. Once dialed in, they should last several seasons. Take that $ and look at it as a small investment per season for good memories with the family rather than struggling with poorly fitting boots.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the advice...I'm going to go with the 25s, get some good thin socks, and work with the bootfitter to get the footbeds done and make the fit right.
post #9 of 10
What's all the talk aout bootfitting costing a lot of money, seriously. Any guy that knows his stuff will be ale to stretch or punch a boot quite easily (and with minimal time/money investment). Many people when they are feeling cramped up in front, only require 1-2mm more in order to alleviate the pain... Plus, throw in a so-so footbed (something off the shelf) and maybe sole planing/canting and you're up for, what, 150$ at the very maximum ? Compare that to changing boots every two years because the liners have packed out...

Sure, you gotta have a boot that doesn't require a lot of shellwork, or even liner work, but recreaotional boots are designed to fit from the box or with very little work. Any good bootfiter will steer you in the right direction and then help you with the customization (footbed, canting, alignment), and, unless you really have problematic feet, that should be enough (and is 100x better than what 98% of the skiers out there are rocking and I'm including many racers in there).
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Just as a follow-up...went with the 25s and I am very glad I didn't go any bigger. The first few days were a bit tough, but they now fit nice and snug and I now feel like I have much better control of my skis. I still need to get back to the bootfitter for some fine-tuning but it's been worth it.
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