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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I would like boot advice/help. I am in the market for Nordica Speedmachine 12s or 14s, particularly b/c they fit my narrow feet very well. I am an advanced/expert skier, on Nord. Top Fuels and am 210, 6'-4.5". I was wondering if there are other boots that are less expensive out there, that have similar shell shape? Any Langes, Technicas, etc? Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
lange 120 or 130 LF or MF in last years should be cheap
post #3 of 13
Jef, go for fit, not brand/price.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
I would love to just drop as much as possible to get a perfect fit, but cannot afford it. I will look at those Langes....any other suggestions?

Thanks
post #5 of 13
DefJef...It'll cost you more in the end run if you get boots that don't fit. I'm not saying "sale" boots won't fit, just spend enough time and money to do it right the first time.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cantman View Post
DefJef...It'll cost you more in the end run if you get boots that don't fit. I'm not saying "sale" boots won't fit, just spend enough time and money to do it right the first time.

very good point.

Another question for y'all. I have major shin soreness, mainly b/c the boots I have were too big to start with, and have since packed out. I'm assuming no matter what I do, if I get a boot that fits right, this should go away. BUT...if I get a boot with a flex of 110-130 would this reaggrevate it most likely?
post #7 of 13
sitff does not = shin bang.

boots that don't fit = problems.

you want nice even pressure from along the whole front of the shin when you flex a boot, not just centered on one place.

listen to cantman
post #8 of 13
Recently I was told by the bootfitter, that the Nordicas and Technicas are geared toward a larger/wider foot, however that may not have been the case a few years ago. I have also found out that different models from the same manufacture may not fit the same foot. Some models will pack out more than others, the bootfitters will know which ones, the guy at the chain store trying to clear out last years models won't.

***GET FIT, GET FIT, GET FIT***

Go get fit, have the bootfitter find the boots that fit your feet the best - let them know up front that you are just beginning to look, that way they are not expecting a sale that day. Once you find the boot that fits, then you can look for deals.

Lately, as I learn more about this stuff, and talk to more and more people, I am convinced that very, very few people can wear a boot directly out of the box, without pain. The $150 I paid for my custom footbeds was the best money I ever spent. However, it did require return visits and about 2 hours of tweaking by a very knowledgable person grinding them in the proper areas.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
Jef, go for fit, not brand/price.
This is easy to say if you can spend your money without worrying about price. However, not everyone can do that.
post #10 of 13
Harry, that's true, but is it better to have badly fitting boots that cost less, and then hold your skiing back, or wait, save some more, and get the right ones (which might not be more expensive)

Before I bought my last pair, I phoned the shop and asked them what was the most expensive pair of non-race boots that they had, and the most expensive liners. After they gave me the list price of both those, then I knew what I needed to allow as my maximum budget, and that I'd most likely have some money left over. In the end, I paid around 2/3 of that maxiumum.

So, budget. Work out your finances first, and if you can't afford the ones that fit the best, then wait until you can. No point in wasting money on the wrong boots.
post #11 of 13
All the advice about proper fit here is right on. However, the point from your original post I do not understand is why you would want to move from Top Fuels to Speedmachines? The SM is a much higher volume boot than the Top Fuel (103mm toe box vs 98mm). So, if you have "narrow feet" you would not want to move out of the Top Fuels to the Speedmachines. Langes are know to fit a narrow foot well but have actually gotten a bit wider over the past few seasons.

Head has some pretty narrow race boots which are 96mm wide.

How do the Top Fuels fit?
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
no, I have Top Fuel Skis, not boots....

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Originally Posted by hep4186 View Post
All the advice about proper fit here is right on. However, the point from your original post I do not understand is why you would want to move from Top Fuels to Speedmachines? The SM is a much higher volume boot than the Top Fuel (103mm toe box vs 98mm). So, if you have "narrow feet" you would not want to move out of the Top Fuels to the Speedmachines. Langes are know to fit a narrow foot well but have actually gotten a bit wider over the past few seasons.

Head has some pretty narrow race boots which are 96mm wide.

How do the Top Fuels fit?
post #13 of 13
The SM boots are fairly wide and med - high volume in general. It is good for what we call a "medium" fit, and the liner can make it feel snug on a narrower foot (for a while). The other suggestions that you have gotten are more apprpriate for a narrower foot.

SJ
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