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What would be the right boot for me? Looking at something freeride like but need width...

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I have Lange Comp 120 boots right now and have not been able to get them dialed in right. Initially I was getting rocked into the backseat constantly when in bumps and glades and unable to maintain forward balance. I asked my local bootfitter to soften the boot to which he removed one bolt and cut away some material from the outside bottom of the lower cuff buckle strap and cut a v in the back inside shell where the top bolt existed for flex control. This definitely made the boot easier to flex but still I could not get into a fully flexed position without falling backwards. I concluded that I needed some heel lift to bring my hips more forward. This seemed to work but it took two blue foam heel lifts to finally get my hips into the correct position. Now I found that I had too much range of motion and so I added in some padding behind the cuff. Presto I was setup and able to maintain a balanced position in all conditions. The problem now is I feel like I am overly flexed instead of neutral when at rest and the boots have been softened up a lot so much I think I lost some lateral stiffness and control. Ultimately I am not happy with this experiment and think my best bet is to move on. So, what would be the best ski boot for me? I am 6 foot, 190 pounds. I ski moderately aggressive and moderately fast where possible -- a 7/8 rating. I ski only black diamond runs, 80% of time the conditions are powder or crud and 80% of time I am in the glades and bumps. My foot is a 27.5 mondo, 108mm wide at the forefoot, 68mm wide at the heel, 240mm around my ankle at just above the ankle, 275mm around my arch. So I am wide at the forefoot with a slightly high arch but normal otherwise. I have 20 degrees of dorsiflexion in my right ankle but only 14 degrees of dorsiflexion in my left due to a three year old ankle sprain. My arches both collapse with the left collapsing much more than the right. My knees are ever so slightly bowlegged but track inward when in fully flexed position. I want a ski boot that will be easy to get and stay balanced. I want something playful with a bootboard that is shock absorbing for drops and jumps. Lastly I want something that is responsive and suitable for the type of terrain and skiing that I do. I have thought of boots like the Rossignol Bandit 90, the Head Mojo, Salomon Kaos and Atomic Rolla 90. All of these boots however are likely more narrow than I should be in so are there better choices?
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the boots youve shortlisted are a a fairly wide selection...not sure how any one foot would fit in all those boots happily..


if you are a hard charger in the trees and bumps you probably will want to forget about the kaos, or any other spk boot. they are designed with a huge last and roomy toe box thats great for park/pipe stuff, but isnt ideal for aggressive skiing where responsiveness is key. the rolla is basically a FR version of the m90, so its a 102 last and if you can find an m90 to try on youll know what the rolla feels like. the mojo is a 98mm race last, so youll most likely need a good bit of work to accomodate your foot in it...the bsquad

90 is a 102mm last as well.



your best bet is to get to a good fitter..although i guess from what im reading, ottawa is down 1 ski shop today.. :(


one last thing, if you gun it pretty hard 90 flex might not cut it for a 190 pound guy 

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Thank you for your valuable feedback. I do have a couple of bootfitters I have used outside of Ottawa. I have used Northern Ski Works in Killington and all the way down to GMOL in Stratton. Great guys that have done some good work on my Krypton Pro boot given it was absolutely way too small of a last for my foot. I forgot to mention that I also have two footbeds, one made at each of the two mentioned bootfitters. On your comments, while the SPK is wide as mentioned would it be too wide for my foot if my foot is 108mm? The more important question with the SPK is will it match the skiing terrain I do? As for the Mojo my understanding is that the 98 last is the XP version but the other versiion is a 103 last. My goal right now is to determine if I am right by wanting to ditch this Lange Comp 120 boot and then determine what boot or boots I should be trying on. With respect to the flex of the boot being too soft I am reserved on that right now because I have found my other boots to be so stiff I could not get forward when needed but this may have had more to do with my ankle flexibility than the boot stiffness. That brings me to many other questions for example with limited ankle flexion should I have more or less boot flex, a tall or shorter boot, more or less forward lean and more or less boot ramp angle? What else should I look at? Is there somehwere that compares this data for boots? I have had such a hard time with my previous two boots that I really do not feel like wasting a lot of time fixated on just the right boot width.

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