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It's time for new boots and I'd like some suggestions as to where to start my search. I have a thick ankle, average heel and about a EE forefoot. Also, at my size (6'4"/260) I need a relatively stiff boot.

 

I currently ski an X-Wave 10 boot, but they're about done. Any suggestions are appreciated.

post #2 of 15

any good bootfitters close to you?  I started by going to a bootfitter and tried a few different models and it paid off. I dont have much experience but I would start there. 

post #3 of 15
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Yes--I've talked with the guys I usually use locally. It's a great shop, but they don't carry a boot with the combination of volume and stiffness that I need.  

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post #5 of 15

I'm not sure where you live, but have you tried a specialty shop at a resort or in a mountain town?

 

 

post #6 of 15

salomon impact = X wave front and a bit tighter heel, and avail in a 120 flex.   If that is too tight then the mission 10 = bigger volume still and 100 flex

 

lange fluid 120 = similar flex / fit

 

nordica speed machine.

 

what brands does the store deal with?  you are really best finding a good bootfitter and seeing what they have do for you,  it is not that hard to make a boot wider as needed.  

post #7 of 15

If my guesses are correct, the shop Coach is dealing with carries Dalbello/ Salomon/  Lange/ Roxy, and  he  is looking for 130+ flex in about a 102 last. 

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

 

If my guesses are correct, the shop Coach is dealing with carries Dalbello/ Salomon/  Lange/ Roxy, and  he  is looking for 130+ flex in about a 102 last. 

 

That's a pretty accurate guess.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

 

salomon impact = X wave front and a bit tighter heel, and avail in a 120 flex.   If that is too tight then the mission 10 = bigger volume still and 100 flex

 

lange fluid 120 = similar flex / fit

 

nordica speed machine.

 

what brands does the store deal with?  you are really best finding a good bootfitter and seeing what they have do for you,  it is not that hard to make a boot wider as needed.  

 

Thanks for taking the time to respond. The shop I frequest carries Dalbello/ Salomon/ Lange/ Nordica and Head. The problem is the higher end, stiffer boots they carry are all low volume. Everything they carry with sufficient volume through the ankle area is not close to stiff enough for me.

 

I did try on the Impact 10 there and that's a pretty good fit, although not stiff enough. They've recommended I try on an Impact Pro but they don't carry that boot and I've yet to find a local shop that carries that boot.

 

One of my kids just picked up a Tecnica Dragon 100 and although I'd have to have it in 1 smaller size than he, I think fit wise it would be okay. Again though, not stiff enough.

 

So far, I have the Impact Pro and maybe the Dragon 120 on my try list. Based on your recommendation I'll try the Lange Fluid 120 too.

 

Thanks again. 

post #10 of 15

There isn't much difference in fit between the Impact 10 and Pro, if any.  The liner is a bit better in the pro, and of course it's stiffer overall.  But the fit between the two is almost identical from what I could tell (actually, the Impact 9, 10, and Pro all felt about the same fit to me).  So if you liked the fit of the 10 but wanted more stiffness, you could probably order a Pro with no worries.

post #11 of 15

ya, just order the pro in ,  bit stiffer, nicer liner, etc

 

Also just make sure that the shell fit is right,  most people are (or can anyways) dropping a shell size when going from the wave to impact.

 

I'm 8.5 street shoe, 25 wave, 25 falcon, 24 impact.   YMMV

post #12 of 15

I tried dropping a size with the Impacts, since they were a bit roomier than my Xwaves.  One size down was a true performance fit, but workable.  The problem I had was the cuff height -- it just felt way too low for my comfort.  If I could have put a 28.5 cuff on a 27.5 lower shell (if it even works), that would have been perfect probably.

post #13 of 15
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I shell fit the Impact 10 in a 28.5. I have a snug 1 finger of room behind the heel which I think is a good start. I also tried the 29.5 but it was too big.

 

Any comments on how much the liners pack out on the Impact Pros?

 

post #14 of 15

How about the Dalbello Proton  12 . Wide in the forefoot, good ankle and heel retention.

 

I always thought with Dalbello you can get a lot of performance at a very good price, and they last with fit a wider foot. Just my $.02.

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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

 

How about the Dalbello Proton  12 . Wide in the forefoot, good ankle and heel retention.

 

 

Thanks for the reply. I'll take a look at those too.

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