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Using footbed to fit liner

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I recently bought Tecnica Agent 120's online in a 28.5. My previous boots were Dalbello FX 5.3 in a 28 (mind you I was 13 years old when I bought the boots, I am now 21). I read all over the place that the Agents typically fit a narrow foot and that Tecnicas run smaller in general....After skiing a few times, the boot does perform very well, but there is just a very slight amount of wiggle in both boots that I feel could hinder my performance in the future....

With this said, the liner does fit my foot almost identical to my old Dalbello's. However, I asked a bootfitter and he recommended adding footbeds from the shop I was in. I took a run with these in and the boots felt better and more snug but I still found myself tightening my buckles to almost as far as they could tighten.

Though the liner does fit better to my feet now, is the extensive tightening of the buckles due to a smaller, more narrow foot and skinny calves (which I do have), or is it because I should be skiing in a size 28 liner?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Heading out to Alta in a week or so...
post #2 of 11
what is the shell fit like?   28 boot usually fits a 11-13 shoe.

if you are maxing out the buckles on a new boot odds are it is too big or at least too wide...

hope you got a good deal on them.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah I got a great deal on them actually...I wear an 11.5 shoe comfortably and when I took out the liner and put my foot in with my toes touching the front end of the boot, the space between my heel and the end of the boot was about 1.5 finger widths.

 

Would it be smart to return these and get a 27.5 for the same price? I already called the retailer and they said I would be able to pay the same price that I paid before.

post #4 of 11
find out about shell fit under "which boot will work for me" at the top of "Ask the boot guy's"---Get the right size, you won't believe the difference, and yes they will seem to tight  initially but will break in with just a little skiing.
post #5 of 11
An 11.5 typically would wear a 28.  But you say you wear an 11.5 comfortably, you don't say what size your foot actually measures.  I wear an 11.5 comfortably also, but am a 10.5.  So it is a little loose!  Sounds to me as if you 28s are a little loose.

Lou
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hmm, well after going to a bootfitter my left foot is a size 28 on the Rossignol measure they had and my right foot is a 27.5.

So I guess my final question, since I am on a tight budget and would greatly prefer to buy online, is....should I return these boots for a full refund and go with the size 27.5 Agent 120's? Would they be big enough that they won't absolutely crunch my foot and will the liner stretch enough so it will conform to my size 28 left foot?
post #7 of 11
sounds like you will need a bit of work done to either size, but in general it is better to make a small boot bigger then a big boot smaller.

FYI:   you might not be saving much by the time to ship back the big boots, get the smaller ones, and then get some boot work done.   Might be worth a trip to a local boot fitter and see if they have something from last year that fits you well,  (no shipping, and prices usually include all the fitting work)
post #8 of 11
Wait... you are going to return a used ski boot (bought new online but used) for a full refund???

The freakin' ski industry really needs to wake the F**k up.


... oh yeah, your boots don't fit you. Might not be size, it is probably just the wrong fit. A footbed is stabilizing your foot, preventing it from spreading out and elongating, causing your foot to occupy less space, causing you to buckle down tighter...
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

Wait... you are going to return a used ski boot (bought new online but used) for a full refund???

The freakin' ski industry really needs to wake the F**k up.


... oh yeah, your boots don't fit you. Might not be size, it is probably just the wrong fit. A footbed is stabilizing your foot, preventing it from spreading out and elongating, causing your foot to occupy less space, causing you to buckle down tighter...

 

Backcountry.com has an awesome return policy, thankfully.

As for the boots, I went to a fitter and tried on a pair of Lange Comp Pros and WC 130s, both of which were the same fit in terms of width as my Agents (which are based on the Tecnica Race Pro 130s). I did try on a 27.5 and it crunched my toes pretty well, so I do think I am gonna stick with the Agent 120's and modify them as best I can. I know Langes aren't Tecnicas so this comparison is not full proof, but it was enough to make me keep the Agents for now. The boots really are sick and have performed great so far, I just want to make sure I can absolutely have the right fit for my foot in the future. Thanks for the input guys!
post #10 of 11
You should fit into a shell with 315mm boot sole(27.0/27.5). who cares what size it is called.  As it is you are in a 325mm shell, just 10 extra mm but oh the price you will pay, in extra movement in the shell and exertion in the torso to try to make up for the balance issues this 10mm creates.  To bad you couldn't read between the lines on this forum.

Happy Skiing
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Actually, my shell is 319 mm. Compared to my old and painful Dalbellos (314 mm), they are much more comfortable and a better fit lengthwise.

Length of the boot sole is really not the main issue, it is mostly the width. My feet are very very narrow and weren't even that snug in the Lange Comp Pros I tried on. Hopefully when I get a little more $$ I can either try out the Super Comp Pros...or even heat a plastic shell to make it smaller? (If that's at all possible)
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