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Boot manufacturers/models that run a little wide?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am currently looking to replace my Head Edge 10.7s with molded soles. I love them, but they are beat to hell.

Last time around it took me a while to find the Heads, I kept trying on boots that were too narrow at the toe or hea (size 12/13)l. I am an aggressive skier that tends to play a lot in the trees and side country. I would like to find some heat formed boots that run a little wide. I like the feel of a stiff boot, but am not sure that is the best choice.

Any recommendations out there?
post #2 of 12
Head Vectors might be perfect for you, it's a new boot line that replaces the 'S' line of boots.
post #3 of 12

Both Tecnica and Dalbello have model lines with different widths.   The best thing to do is to go to a shop and try them on....but assuming you are a "d" width or wider, I would start with the following lines...

Tecnica Dragon (100mm) or Phoenix (102mm) or Phoenix HVL (106mm)

Dalbello Proton (101mm)

I am sure the other mfg's have wider lasted boots as well, but those are the two brands I work with most.   And that said, I would replace the stock liners with and Intuition off the bat, Dalbello may allow you to special order the Proton with their Intuition ID liner which would save you a little money.

post #4 of 12
plus any boot can be heated and made 5-10mm per side wider.....

no good boot fitters in your area?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I usually go to Mountainside at Sugarbush for boot fitting, but as good as they have been at fitting I am not sure that they have the widest selection available for me to try. I live in NYC and haven't found a boot fitter I trust.

Thank you for the advice!
post #6 of 12
post #7 of 12
1 see a good fitter
2 to answer the original question

Head vector ltd 103mm 120 flex
Atomic B 120 104mm 120 flex although a soft 120
Atomic M100 102mm 110 flex

and as said above any boot can be made wider if the rest of the fit is good

good luck
post #8 of 12
Hi, Dalbelo seems to be good.  I got some dalbelo mx's for $69.  Incredibly more comfortable than what I had been wearing.  http://galacticsnowsports.com/used-dalbello-mx-super-ski-boots.html
has level 11, 11.5 and 13.
I have had great success at GS and also level 9
post #9 of 12
Quote:
Hi, Dalbelo seems to be good.  I got some dalbelo mx's for $69.  Incredibly more comfortable than what I had been wearing.  http://galacticsnowsports.com/used-dalbello-mx-super-ski-boots.html
has level 11, 11.5 and 13.
I have had great success at GS and also level 9

 
Yes Dalbelo make some great boots. If you had success with the MX(a rental boot  in all rights), then ski a Performance boot.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
 I went back to Mountainside in VT and bought Head Vector LTDs.

I am noticing a large performance difference so far after 4 days of skiing.

The canting heavily favored the outside edges at first which caused some pain and cramping, but we adjusted that.The heal cup was also pinching my right angle, but Dave fixed that too. 

The forward angle seems much more severe then in my old Head 10.5s. These seem to be forcing me into the more aggressive forward stance I have been working on. Carving on groomers witnessed a massive improvement immediately. 

In the trees has been a different story and I can't tell yet it if it is the gear or psychological. I seem to be having difficulty bringing my tips around in tight steep trees. At first I really thought it was mental, but over 3 days of skiing I had more contact with birch trees then I have had in the past two years.

Its not the skis, I was using my old B2s due to the somewhat "variable" conditions and I know those well. The terrain was also very familiar. So it's either in my head or the boots.

Should I start messing with the canting or the fore/aft weighting? These new boots have more adjustment possibilities then I honestly know what to do with....
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by prosen View Post

 I went back to Mountainside in VT and bought Head Vector LTDs.

I am noticing a large performance difference so far after 4 days of skiing.

The canting heavily favored the outside edges at first which caused some pain and cramping, but we adjusted that.The heal cup was also pinching my right angle, but Dave fixed that too. 

The forward angle seems much more severe then in my old Head 10.5s. These seem to be forcing me into the more aggressive forward stance I have been working on. Carving on groomers witnessed a massive improvement immediately. 

In the trees has been a different story and I can't tell yet it if it is the gear or psychological. I seem to be having difficulty bringing my tips around in tight steep trees. At first I really thought it was mental, but over 3 days of skiing I had more contact with birch trees then I have had in the past two years.

Its not the skis, I was using my old B2s due to the somewhat "variable" conditions and I know those well. The terrain was also very familiar. So it's either in my head or the boots.

Should I start messing with the canting or the fore/aft weighting? These new boots have more adjustment possibilities then I honestly know what to do with....



 

skis/boots that hold a more aggresive edge are undesirable for tree skiing...

I cant myself so I am just slightly on my inside edge all the time, this makes it super easy to ski quickly though trees and other tight places. It its proper or right? nope but its faster and easier. a very high end racer on this board recommended a more bow legged cant so I could be more powerful on my outside ski in carveed turns, quite frankly this felt like shit in tight places so I stopped using it after a couple days.

edit

let me explain the first statement

noone skis a super hard edged ski in trees, a ski that allows some lateral breakaway whenever you want it is desirable. 
Edited by BushwackerinPA - 2/16/10 at 3:51am
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
So I should try canting to favor the inside a little then?
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