I'm an intermediate skier in Boise, Idaho. After skiing the last 10 years in a pair of Dalbello beginner boots I got a pair of Tecnica Attiva M10's last December. I was fit in alot of different boots at the time and they all seemed to have a very similar amount of forward lean. The forward stance felt uncomfortable to me but I figured it was normal for a more advanced boot. I went with the Tecnicas because my sister has them and loves them. The first time I skied them I felt completely off. I have not been able to get comfortable with the stance. I actually ski them in walk mode so that I can tolerate skiing in them. Unfortunately I can't really get them cranked down right in walk mode and my heel is lifting. Even in walk mode they feel too far forward for me. I get really fatigued calves and quads. I'm skiing worse in my new boots than I did in my worn out beginner boots. I do have large calves and I know that is pushing me further forward. I consulted with a boot guy at a local shop. He said it wouldn't ruin the boots to ski them in walk mode. He has offered to flare the liner to give my calves more room but it doesn't really look to me like that will help. I've been told by people that ski alot better than me that this forward stance will improve my skiing and I should try to get used to it. I'd say I have about 30 days in these new boots trying to get used to it. I'm done, I don't want to lean forward. I just want to be comfortable in my boots again. I'm ready to start over with the knowledge that I need a more upright boot. Do I need to go back to entry level boots? I've explained all this to the bootfitter at a local shop. He put me in a Head (I forget the model) boot and a Salomon Divine RS8 with my Tecnica boot on the other foot. These 2 boots felt about the same amount forward as my Tecnica in walk mode. the Salomon felt the best. I plan to go to a couple more shops and try more boots. Can anyone give me recommendations for boots with the most upright stance?
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12/20/09 at 7:48pm