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Small feet but muscular calves

post #1 of 7
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Let me start by congratulating you guys for the great advice I've found in these posts.
Last season I bought a pair of Salomon Falcon 9 ski boots. I was very pleased with the support and the skiing I was doing in them but the liner had some protruding seams very high on the back that dug right into the back of my calves causing serious blisters- even after taping these off. I tried again this season and finally gave up on these boots and got rid of them.

Since then, I have tried on other boots, but the ones that fit bigger in the calf area also seem to feel too loose around my feet. The Salomon Falcon 9 felt right around my foot. I am looking for something similar that does not destroy my calves. Perhaps the stance was a bit too forward on the Falcons as well.

I am a 36 year old male skier, 5-7" and 165 lbs. I've been skiing for almost 15 years so I am a high level skier doing lots of black runs. My foot is a 26 Mondo, medium width in shoes (C, around 100mm), medium arch. My calves are 16 inches in circumferance so not huge compared to some others in these posts but with low reaching muscles that the previous boots chewed into. Around the ankle they are 9.25".

I tried on Nordica's Speedmachine 12 in the shop and they seemed to feel good. My only concern is that after this previous experience, I was told that part of the problem was that the cuff on the boot might be too high. The speedmachine's cuff looks just as high. Should I be looking for a lower cuff boot, or will a lower cuff provide less support for aggressive skiing?

Could you indicate if you consider this to be an adequate alternative and suggest some other models that are looser aroung the calves but can tighten up around my feet (tecnica diablo?, others?) so I can shop around and try them on? Thanks!
post #2 of 7
I would choose fit based on the foot and then modify the calf area accordingly.

Options include cutting or bending the cuff and/or pulling material out of the liner and re-glueing/sewing it.

You probably have (based on the height) a relatively long foot for your tibial length, hence most cuffs will be a little high in terms of both calf fit and leverage. So - don't be afraid to cut them down a bit .
post #3 of 7
The Salomon Falcon cuff has no curved relief at the top. As Matt suggested, you could have a qualified bootfitter, heat and curve the top of the spoiler away from the calf. It could also be lowered by cutting or grinding.

The liner also has a tight rolled finishing "band" for lack of a better word, which can be gently heated up and manipulated to allow more room for the calf muscle.

post #4 of 7

also you could look at the Atomic CSL 110 ladies soft race boot , it has a lower cuff than many similar level boots...if you still have the falcons i would start by putting them into the cuff jig and bending the plastic backwards to give another 1/2" or so space then some careful liner sugery should solve the problem

good luck
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

other options

Thanks guys. I was actually able to return the boots because of the exaggerated protrusions of the stitches on the high end of the inner cuff.
Any other ideas as to alternatives and regarding the high cuff of the speedmachines?
post #6 of 7
buy what fits your foot, and grind, bend, re-shape the cuff to fit. Not that big of a deal.

Also a smaller sized boot will fit lower on the leg. heel lift will get less leg into the boot (balance will feel different, maybe better, maybe not)

Some ladies boots are lower, but most high end boots are not sexed.
post #7 of 7

Buy what fits, tear it apart/bend it/cut it as needed to make it work. As Bud is fond of saying, boots are "tools, not jewels".
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