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post #121 of 126
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OLD thread... 5 years old....


Yes, the funky search function here leads me to some interesting oldies.  Is it bad form to resurrect old threads?

 

post #122 of 126

Could we elevate the revews of boots in this site to break down searches by narrow/normal/wide? Not all here are so aware that duh, of course Lange boots are narrow..  Thanks

post #123 of 126
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Originally Posted by campirider View Post

Could we elevate the revews of boots in this site to break down searches by narrow/normal/wide? Not all here are so aware that duh, of course Lange boots are narrow..  Thanks



Hmmmm, Lange has a variety of last widths and volume to fit many different foot shapes and sizes.  The days of saying, "Lange is narrow and Tecnica is wide, and Dalbello is............(fill in the blank)" are gone. 

 

 

post #124 of 126

I always questioned the value of boot reviews because boots are so darn foot-specific.  Good bootfitters have their own way to classify boots according to, what, a zillion different 3D measurements.  If someone wants to do a serious research on what measurements matter (I am sure boot companies have done that already), then we can try to classify boots based on that.  So how do you make a distinction between a narrow boot with a tall roof and a medium-wide boot with a low roof?  Add to that an easier possibility of making the boot wider than taller and you got a totally messed up situation.  The bottom line is that no reviews can substitute a professional eye at this point in time.  Maybe with more custom shells (a-la-Vacuum) entering the market the situation could change. 

post #125 of 126

When I bought my last pair of boots, I was fairly clueless when it came to how to fit a boot properly. I wear a size 12-13 shoe, and ski in a size 28.5 boot. The boot fitter did a shell fit on them, went for a performance fit (I ski a lot of park, I need comfy boots, not race boots). I ended up in an Atomic M-Tech. However, I distinctly remember, as the boot fitter was measuring my foot, the width was in the 'Race boot' width range. However, the fitter didn't make any mention of width when I was buying the boots. He also didn't mention that the liners would pack with wear, and that I should go for a tighter fit (I now find this strange, as I am a hockey player, and I'm used to dealing with uncomfortable skates). Over the past season (40 + days), I have noticed more and more foot pain. After testing a couple things, I realized that, although the length of the boot was correct, the last width was too large for my fairly narrow feet. As well, the overall volume of the boot was too large (every buckle at tightest setting). This time, when I went to go buy boots, I knew what I wanted. I had skied in a friend's Dalbello Kryptons, and loved the fit, except for a little bit too much volume above my arch. I then went to a different local shop, tried on a pair of Full Tilt Hot Doggers, and ended up doing the fitting myself (Went down to a 28.). They should alleviate a lot of the problems that I have had with too much volume, as well as keep my foot in place better with a narrower last. That, and the Intuition liners will last forever. Hopefully season won't be over by the time I finally pay them off (They are on layaway, us ski instructors are poor) and I will be able to spend some time in them this season.

post #126 of 126

My wife had comfortable boots for several years, but the liners were packing out.  Our footbed wizard added a thin layer of peel and stick padding on the outside of the liner in key areas--- problem solved.

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