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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I need some advice. I posted under the boot fitter section and did not get that much help.

Im in the market for new boots. Currently I am sking on a Dolomite Sintesi 6.5S, which has only an 80 flex on either my Solomon 1080 Guns for the POW and out west and My Atomic SX11 for here in the east when there is no POW. I love sking in the trees and hitting moguls while carving at high speed on the steeper stuff when tired.

Do you have a suggestion for a boot, I found that a 26.5 seems to fit best. I believe that I tend to like a 100mm wide boot. At first I tried the Solomon Impact 10 but found them to be a little less comfortable then the Atomic Hawk 100 which I found much more compfy. I tend to have a wider foot. I wear a size 10 shoe but measure an 8.5 wide which I find a bit tight. Ive been sking at least 20 years and tend to spend about 10 days out west and 15-20 days in the East. Lots of tree skiing and some hiking. Any thoughts or advise.

Here is a little more information to help with my question:

To start, Im a 33 y.o. man. I have been sking around 20days a year for the last 20 years with a few years in there I did not get out as much due to being a poor college student.

My foot measures about an 8.5ee and I find I am most comfortable in a 10 sneaker because I have a wide foot. My foot measures a 26.5 for a ski boot. I have a normal insteap. I have a normal ankle. I am currently using a Dolomite 6.5 Sinusi boot in a size 27, which is way too big. I have tried on the 26.5 and have a little room and a 26 just seems too small for along day skiing with some off piste hiking.

I don't want a boot that is too big but nothing is gained by going too small either. My current boot

I m a pretty aggressive skier, I m very good on any black diamond, and pretty good on any double black. I can ski with anyone and like the trees and Moguls best. I love the POW. Ski at JayPeak and Sugarbush with 6-12 dats out west in either Utah or B.C. whistler and interior.

The thre boots that I am most interest in are the:

Solomon impact 10. Great boot, just find that the design tends to be very straight throughout the foot. It is 100mm widewhichI think I need.

Atomic Hawk 100 Seem to be the most comfortable, but I am concernedabout this boot being a novelty boot. I am also afraid that it may be a wierd boot which may not serveme best.

Diabello krypton Love the concept of this boot just worried about the 98 mm width and afraid it maybe too flexable?

Any other info needed: Any advise is welcome
post #2 of 12
Lange Fluid 100 - it's wide enough in the forefoot though the heel is a bit narrow

Nordica Speedmachine 12 - wider fit decent flex great boot

Tecnica Dragon 100 - only skied it one day but was fairly impressed, too wide for me but a good fit
post #3 of 12
You actually did get pretty good advice on the bootfitters forum. They (and I) generally won't recommend a boot over the 'net.

Skis?...sure, they don't really matter all that much.

Boots?.....different deal.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

More info on my quest.

O.k so I tried on the Dabello Axion 7 today. It was to tight in the toe box. I also tried the Nortica Supercharger Flash and felt that they were quite comfortable, fit well, but I am concerned that they may not be enough boot for me. I am an advanced skier. Anyone know anything about the Flash? Im still leaning towards the Solomon Impact 10 I found the Atomic Hawk 100 most comfortable but I am afraid of the fact that it isa new boot?

Any advice?
post #5 of 12
Get a boot that is the right length and fits your heel and ankle, then get the toe box punched out and a custom foot bed made, both done by a competent boot fitter.
post #6 of 12
Yes, you did get good advice from the Boot Specialists!

I would think it will be very common for boots to be "tight" out of the box, given your EE width. As Ghost says above, get too a competent boot fitter to find the closest shell to your foot/leg structure - in the proper length. Then let them fit it to your foot ...they're good at it, it's what they do!
post #7 of 12
Bottom line is that it's pretty uncommon to have a foot with your length and width. That means that the quality of the bootfitter will be critical in getting you into the right boot for what you want. It will be the most time consuming decision/process involved in your skiing. The advice you have been receiving is bang-on: find a fitter who takes time to listen to you, who will shell fit your foot, who fits the narrowest part of your foot and then determines how to get the boot to work with the wider and higher volume parts of your foot. You can always make a narrower boot wider, but you cannot make a wider boot narrower (effectively). Then work with that bootfitter to customize the boot as it needs work. You will pay more up front for this, but it is worth it.

Given what you describe as your preferred type of skiing, a boot with greater flex seems appropriate.
post #8 of 12
if you dont like the first answer just ask again.......

you can get boots made wider for your foot, just not shorter
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Alberto View Post

Given what you describe as your preferred type of skiing, a boot with greater flex seems appropriate.
When you say greater flex to you mean a lower flex rating (like 70-90) thus more movement in opposed to a higher flex rating Like 100+) which would provide less movement?
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

suggestion for a greatboot fitter?

Anyone have a suggestion for a great bootfitter in Massachusetts in the boston area?
post #11 of 12
I guess that it comes down to a matter of personal preference. I like a boot with stiff lateral hold and fairly smooth, softer forward flex to account for off piste variability. As with other aspects of boot fitting, it's unique to you - how the boot fits you accounts for how easily you can flex the boot. My experience was that I didn't feel that I needed a super stiff boot for the terrain I wanted to ski. Btw, flex ratings are not consistent among manufacturers. I ski in a boot with a 120 flex (Lange Fluid 120) - I would not characterize it as a stiff boot compared to other boots with a similar numerical rating. I'm in that boot because it fits my foot and it offers me performance that I'm happy with. It took numerous trips to get the boot fitting the way that I wanted; that's what you need to expect - patience, good communication and the skill of the bootfitter all make for a happy customer.

I'll leave it to others to recommend a fitter in your area. Once you have found a good one, work with them and listen to what they have to say about options.
post #12 of 12
Twenty days a year on snow is pretty good. That said, try a trip over to Stratton and hit GMO.

Over time, that good fit will pay for itself and take all of the guess work out of it.

Since you can hit the lift from the back door of the place, they can do an initial fit and then make adjustments after you take a few runs .... and .... repeat if necessary.

Yeah .... I know ... Stratton .... but it ain't that bad and you are going up for the fit.

Remember, the flex you feel in the shop at 70 degrees ain't the same flex that you will have at 20 degrees. Your sneaker size has nothing to do with it .... the shape of the whole foot, ankle and lower leg do.

Cost out the price of a good boot and a good fit and over the life of the boot it will be about a dollar a day. If that's too much then as the man sez .... step right up, pay yer' money and take yer' chances.
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