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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
If I am size 10 on regular shoe.Should I wear size 10 ski boot or 10.5? The last time I went skiing, I use size 10 and felt it was real tight. Do those new boots usually expand after use?
post #2 of 8
Your foot size is only a measure of your foot length.
When your foot is inside the all-enveloping plastic shell of a ski boot, the overall volume of your foot is more important.
The critical thing is finding a boot which has been lasted as closely as possible to your foot shape.
Size is only a guide.
Find a boot fitter with sufficient experience to look at your foot and recommend boot brands and models that might fit you best.
Try a range of models in alternative half sizes, and don't be too hung up with the size.
post #3 of 8
Need to agree that the Size of the boot is a little irrelevant because from brand to brand pending on the last, a 10 in one boot my fit tighter or looser than a 10 in another brand.

Boots do pack out and you gain some volume as you spend more days on them.

The totally generic method of fitting a boot (this is the total first step dumb dumb stuff for length) is that when you stand straight up in the boots your toes should be grazing/touching the front of the boot. As you flex forward on the boot you will seat into the heel pocket and your toes should no longer be in contact with the end of the boot.

But they key is to try on as many boots as you can, find the one that fit's the best and then work with your fitter to get any remaining hot spots fixed.

One thing too is that between a 10 and a 10.5, the boots use the same shell and the only difference is the footbed is thicker on the smaller size to take up volume. So if you are going to use custom footbed (highly recommened for a truely good fit) go ahead and get the larger of the two sizes since the shell and liner are identical.

I wear a smaller size ski boots than street shoes.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 15, 2002 08:06 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Argus ]</font>
post #4 of 8
A very general rule that in my opinion fits most boot brands is that ski boot size is one size smaller than your street shoe size.
post #5 of 8
That is true, but you also have to take in consideration of the type of skier in question.
A recreational intermediate does not need the same sort of performace fit that an expert would desire. If you truley want the best fit for performance, you shell fit your boots without the liner in them.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
For a boot that fit properly, where does a buckle has to be? The first, second, third..... row? In the middle? when you strap it on
post #7 of 8
Buckles over the foot should be on the first rung or so, and be nice and snug, they really just close the boot. The two upper buckles are a little different. Do the power strap nice and snug under the plastic shell first. Now buckle the second one down. Flip between the two upper buckles, (do a little flexing to help set the heel)until everythin is nice and snug, then buckle over the foot. If you have to buckle the upper buckle all they way, or rebolt to a hole further back, you will probably benefit from tounge padding (check out the Masterfit Eliminator). This can greatly improve ones stance, and ability to flex the boot. If you can barely get the buckles latched, due to a healthy calf, and your lower leg is uncomfortably thrust forward, you should consider having a good bootfitter look at your stance. The fitter might remove padding around your calf, giving you more room, and a more neutral stance. A more commen cure for big calves is to move buckles/ ladders around. This adresses the fit, but not stance. This is all very general, but I hope it helped.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by spinheli:
Buckles over the foot should be on the first rung or so,.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Is that the first row on the right, when wearing right foot boot
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