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Skinny Shins - Boot Help!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have really skinny shins/calves and I am having a hard time getting a boot to fit that doesn't cause real pain. I skied in Rossignol soft boots for the past few years and they were comfortable but my skiing has improved to the point where they don't provide enough support. This fall I bought a pair of Salomon Xwave 9's but I'm having a really hard time getting them customized to a point of comfort (read anything other than acute pain, particularly around my ankles and shins). Can anyone recommend a boot that might be particularly suitable for folks with my profile? I'm an advanced intermediate... ski in the Pacific NW... 170 lbs. and 5' 11".
post #2 of 11
I have a sklnny leg too. Dalbello Kryptons and Nordica Falcons come to mind.
post #3 of 11
I'm in the same boat as you, skinny calfs and hard to find boots that do up tight enough up top.

Try some lange LF boots from a few years past as well as some of the new ones. WC 100 - 130 or Freeride 100 - 120

Lange's (upper end models) have additional spaces on the upper buckle mounts to remove them and move them further back. In fact I made new holes even further back. Now I can pop my head of doing them up.

If for some reason that still does not work look into some "Insta-Print" shin shims.


The bad part about these is they may put you into the back seat so I reccomend going with a new Lange boot that has forward and aft lean adjustment.

I find I use these on Hardpack conditions as it lets me engage the tips of skis much more. I don't use them for off piste as they place me a little back weighted, but if I had forward and rear lean adjustment I could fix that.
post #4 of 11
Booster straps ? Seems like the easier and cheaper way to go.
post #5 of 11
I have the same problem - skinny calves (but wide forefoot and low instep).
I have Salomon XWave 10 (same fit as 9s) – great fit in forefoot but too roomy in calf and ankle area.
ZipFit liners took care of the problem for me.
I got Plug Neoprene model with extra gel added around ankle pockets.
When time comes to look for next ski boots, I will definitely check Dalbello Kryptons out.
post #6 of 11
I have long skinny calves as well and the Dalbello Kryptons did it for me to.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks and more info

Thanks for all the advice. To be clear, the acute points of pain are just above my ankles on the inside fronts of my shins. I have custom footbeds, and I'm in ok shape there.
post #8 of 11
Originally Posted by Woodee View Post
Booster straps ? Seems like the easier and cheaper way to go.

Booster straps do not solve the problem for skinny calves. The booster strap will tighten the top of the boot but this then leave the actual buckles and plastic loose and not tight at all, preventing the heel rentention of any form of snug below the booster strap.

Most with skinny calves also have very tiny ankles as well and need reduction in size from the top of the boot to the lower. IE top two - three buckles.
post #9 of 11
My wife used to have pain around her inside ankles after tightening her ski boots.
When boot fitter aligned her in the shells of the boots (no liner but with foot beds inside) he noticed that her inside ankles are much closer to the shell than outside ankles. They heated the shell in that spot and punched it out (stretched) creating more space in that area. It solved the problem.
Then they put leather ZipFit liners inside and she started painful for her process of adjusting those liners to her feet.
post #10 of 11
If you intend on keeping your current boots the combination of the Eliminator Tongue and Booster Strap will make a big improvement in the fit of your leg and calf in the cuff of your current boot. I've used that combination for a couple of years and it worked well for me. Switched boots this year to a model with a smaller cuff but still using the Booster.
post #11 of 11
Just like there are skinny shins, there are also skinny calves.

Just like their are front entry boots, there are (were) rear entry boots.

Depending on the shape of your lower leg and the type of boot you use, you can end up being condemed to a forward, or backward lean which is different from what the person with the average shaped lower leg experiences.

With a rear entry boot, once the top buckle is done up, someone with a skinny shin is pushed more forward.

With a front entry boot, once the top buckle is done up, someone with a skinny calve is pushed more backward.

I have a skinny calve and a front entry boot and to compensate I occassionally insert foam rubber pads between my calves and the rear of the boots before tighting the top buckle. This pushes me more forward and makes walking around in the boots a bit awkward. But I am no longer placed as far back as before and my center of gravity is more forward over the ski.

If perfect boots existed, whether front or rear entry, they would take into consideration the differing profiles of legs. Sadly, this is not the case and we are left to custom design workarounds to give our bodies an equal opportunity on skis.
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