|Originally posted by Queen B:
How do you KNOW that your boots are fitting you for optimum performance and comfort?
This is an excellent question, Bonni. One way to tell if your size is close is to take the liners out of the shells, put your stocking feet in the shells, assume the skiing position (toes should slide forward to the front of the boot), and have a buddy check the clearance at the heel. If there is less than one inch of clearance, you are in the ball park. If there is more than one inch, you have too big a boot. The boot should also be wide enough to allow your foot to load without crimping on the sides--you want loading of the foot to increase the surface contact of the sole of the foot and the sole of the boot.
You should not be able to buckle the boot to the last setting. That is too big. Further, when you buckle a boot that tight it will cause the shell material to deform, which is not good.
Let's face it, a post on a message board is not going to cover a topic that requires at least 2 hours in a hands-on clinic setting...My personal gauge of whether the boot fits is:
1) After I buckle up for the first run, I don't have to loosen the buckles for chair rides or lunch, etc.
2) My feet are happy all day long and when I remove the boots they are still happy.
3) I am able to connect to the ground like a magnet while riding an edge and able to disconnect and reconnect smoothly in transition.
4) I am able to ski tall and flex into the boot.
5) When I switched from a men's comp boot the difference was immediate and didn't feel right because I wasn't fighting the boot. It took a day or two to learn how subtle my inputs could be.
6) I bought a back-up pair of boots for when my current pair breaks down. They aren't making this model any more and I consider it "my boot."
7) The boot is the Dolomite Sintesi Junior Race model. It has no bells and whistles, but comes out of the box set up just right for me with a short, straight shaft. I removed the rear spoiler to ease off the forward lean. It has a 3 degree ramp angle (by my measurement) which is perfect for me. My old (1987) Peterson footbed seems to work beautifully.
I hope you can find the right boot for you because it's a wonderful feeling and it opens up more wonderful feelings on skis, and you too will be able to say, "I love my boots!"