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Boot Sizes?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I have been trying new boots in a number of shops and have been told different information about sizes. Could someone please confirm or not that ,for example , a size 26 and 26.5 are exactly the same size shell but with different ( length ) liners ??
Do these sizes indicate the actual boot length ?
If anyone could give me an indication of the relative fit characteristics especially forefoot width across ball of feet/toes of X Waves versus Speedmachines that would be great. Thanks
post #2 of 9
Nearly all manufacturers use the same shell for half sizes. Most use a thinner insole in the half size. A few "short last" the liner in the even size.

In my experience, the width of the forefoot was similar between the XWave and Speedmachine, but the Xwave had more volume overall, especially across the instep.

post #3 of 9
There is no such thing as 1/2 sizes in ski boots. It is ALWAYS the same shell and liner, the stock (crap) footbed is all that gets changed, and that should be disposed of and replaced immediately anyway.

Manufacturers make 1/2 size stickers to put on boots, not 1/2 size boots.
post #4 of 9

Just to throw you...

Atomic makes their B-Series boots sharing shells with odd sizes- i.e. 26.5 and 27.0 share a shell, rather than 27.0 and 27.5 like on the M series. This makes shopping by shell size number a bit hard- not that you should anyway cause if the shell fits correctly it doesn't matter what's stamped on it...

Who knows why... but fortunately I don't know of anyone else that does this.
post #5 of 9
The Speedmachines and X-Waves were my final two choices in buying boots recently so I got to know them fairly well. The fit between the two is VERY similar in the forefoot/ instep. The only difference I could detect was a tiny bit more volume in the heel on the X-waves. I wear a 10.5 street shoe and went with the 26.5 X-wave. Very snug fit but they should pack out a bit. Good luck.
post #6 of 9
Mondo sizes do not indicate boot length, only size manufacturer thinks is appropriate. Boot sole length is stamped on the heel and will vary between manufacturers and models.

Mondo size is the lenght of your foot in cm and typically the inside shell length will be one cm longer than the listed size. ie 26 mondo shell is 27cm inside.

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your replies. Its great to have a place to ask questions and get independent , knowledgeable answers. Mike A
post #8 of 9
Contrary to what some people tell you, it varies by the manufacturer and boot. I closely examined Salomon Xwave 9 boots last year in a 28.0 and 28.5. Shell and board were the same on both. Footbed was exactly the same on both. Liners were different -- the 28.0 had more padding over the forefoot and less volume. Prior to this, I assumed that the half-size difference was in the footbed, but that's not the case for the Salomon Xwave 9 -- it was in the liner instead.
post #9 of 9

There may have been differences in the liners of the two boots you inspected, but it wasn't by design. There is no such thing* as a half size in ski boots. There really isn't, customers demand half sizes so companys make 27/ 27.5 STICKERS. That is the difference. There is a reason high end boot shops don't stock full/half sizes, they are the same, no reason for both.

*Strolz and Daleboot might be an exception (maybe).
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