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post #1 of 13
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I am currently looking for ski boots that have a VERY snug fit fit around the heel cup and cuff. I have chicken legs with a narrow heel and average sized forefoot. I am an aggresive skier and prefer stiffer boots (last pair Lange WC 130 with foam injection liners). I am looking for a new boot and the Doberman 150 has been reccomended to me by several friends. Basically I would like to know about the cuff and heel volume on the dobies. Are they as narrow/narrower then the lange fit? Also if anyone has any reccomendations on boots that fit VERY narrow in the cuff and heel box area let me know. Thanks in advance.
Nest
post #2 of 13
I would recommend the Dobermann or the Atomic RT Ti. The Ti has just about the narrowest heel out there. In terms of cuff, those two boots should be fine if you keep the velcro spoiler in. I think the Atomic has slightly more forward lean than the Dobermann.

If you don't want a plug boot, the Salomon Falcon seems to be among the lowest volume consumer boots, definitely snugger than the Lange 120 and 130 and much more anatomical. I'd give those a go. The only concern is the tall cuff, but the new Langes are also quite tall. The Atomic and Nordica plug boots don't come up as high.
post #3 of 13
DEFINITELY GO AND TRY THE ATOMIC RT, TI IN A 130. Please give PJ at http://racestocksports.com/contact.htm His number is 802.578.3585. I had him send a couple of pairs to my fitter and we returned the pair that didn't fit. Pj is a good guy.
post #4 of 13
I agree with Finndog, I have the RT TI 130 and I have a narrow heel and I still had to grind the boot because it was VERY narrow. Great performance boot, just don't expect all day comfort, or plan to use it in soft snow.
post #5 of 13
I have the RT Ti but I got it in a 100, soft flex. Still plenty stiff but has enough flex for soft snow performance. Other than being cold, Billy Kaplan, "cantman" dialed me in so perfectly, its the most comfortable boot I have ever owned. Its a true plug boot so get a good fitter who knows how to properly fit plugs. This boot is lower volume than a dobie and definitely lower than a falcon. The new Head plug boot may also be a possibility.
post #6 of 13
I have the Atomic CS and I think that boot has a narrow heel. I know the TI is even less roomy in the heel. The CS is the first boot that I ever had to get the heel ground.
post #7 of 13
Atomic Ti. Better liners than the past. Don't go to stiff, alotta boot. I agree to get it from a reputable boot guy. Go for it!
post #8 of 13
Fischer Plug should be even narrower.
post #9 of 13
The realskiers website has a review up of the new Head Raptor boot. They describe it as very narrow (95 mm last) and a very low volume boot overall.
post #10 of 13
What size? I have a pair of Rossignol R2004 plugs in size 8.5 (US) fo' sale very cheap. They are very snug all over. These are brand new, never worn, in original box, with tags still attached. Here's the thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=54547
PM me if you want to see pics.
post #11 of 13
I also have a pair of new Atomic RT plugs for sale in a size 26. Flex is "Soft" which means stiff as a brick and significantly stiffer than a Lance WC130. They are comparable in stiffness to a Dobermann 150.

$175 + shipping.
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Originally Posted by nest View Post
I am currently looking for ski boots that have a VERY snug fit fit around the heel cup and cuff. I have chicken legs with a narrow heel and average sized forefoot. I am an aggresive skier and prefer stiffer boots (last pair Lange WC 130 with foam injection liners). I am looking for a new boot and the Doberman 150 has been reccomended to me by several friends. Basically I would like to know about the cuff and heel volume on the dobies. Are they as narrow/narrower then the lange fit? Also if anyone has any reccomendations on boots that fit VERY narrow in the cuff and heel box area let me know. Thanks in advance.
Nest
It sounds like I have the same fit requirments as you, except an almost wide forefoot.

I have been in Langes forever. Currently Lange 150 plugs. I have found that the higher cuff of the Lange accomdates my lower leg better than the lower cuff I found in the Dobermans, although the foot fit was good when I tried them on.

With Langes in the past I have always done some simple modifications. Major grinding in the toe box & forefoot width. This years boot has a bit more length in the toe, so it was only a little grinding to accomodate the 6th toe syndrome. Move the top 2 buckles, tapered tounge wedges that glue to the outside of the tongue & shims on the liner heels to make a tighter heel pocket. Except for them being a little stiff on the coldest days, my present boots along with new footbeds & sole grinding (canting), are the best fit & performance I've ever had!

My advice to you is stick with the higher cuffed boot. Buy them snug & make them bigger where you need it.
JF
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
What size? I have a pair of Rossignol R2004 plugs in size 8.5 (US) fo' sale very cheap. They are very snug all over. These are brand new, never worn, in original box, with tags still attached. Here's the thread: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=54547
PM me if you want to see pics.
OOPS! Just reviewed what I wrote and realized I don't want to do what the guy that sold me these did and misrepresent the size. They're 8, not 8.5. The linked thread has the correct info. I was distracted watching the Red Sox last night when I wrote this.
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