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"Lateral" boots for big, skinny feet

post #1 of 14
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I'm about to put my Lange X09's out to pasture, and I'm looking for recommendations on boots that:

- run to 31.5 (13.5) or larger
- fit moderately narrow feet, and
- are "lateral" in design.

Lateral boots:

- are relatively upright forward lean
- do not have much ramp angle, and
- are pretty stiff.

Right now I'm considering

- Dalbello V-Pro or Diablo Custom (too soft?)
- Lange 130 World Cup (lateral?)
- Rossignol Race 9.1 Pro or 9.1 Pro (lateral?)
- Salomon Crossmax 10.0 (fit a narrow foot?).

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Rick
post #2 of 14
You might like to consider Salomon Course as well. They are pretty stiff and have narrower fit than Crossmax 10. I do not know if they are available in your size though.

[ November 20, 2002, 09:28 AM: Message edited by: Mirek ]
post #3 of 14
I have a pair of the Salomon X Wave 10's that I'm in the proccess of having footbeds made and breaking them in. I'm told that the Wave 10 and the Crossmax are identical except for the paint job. They are all the things that you are looking for, upright stance and fairly stiff, which is just what I wanted. I have a medium width foot, and they are fairly snug on me, with a lot of play left in the buckles. I did try on the Course Pro, thought it was a tiny bit softer and definately for a narrower foot, so if you have a skinner foot, that would be the way to go. The best way is to find a shop that carries both so you can try them side by side. I'm very happy with my pair, a simple straightfoward design, easy to get on and off, and I love the way they ski. I was most impressed that on the first day out on snow with new boots and new footbeds that at the end of the day I had no ill effects or pressure points at all.
Good Luck
post #4 of 14
rstraker, if you are already an expert skier ignore the following consideration:

Try on a pair of Nordica Smartech 12's
post #5 of 14
Quote:
Originally posted by rstraker:
I'm about to put my Lange X09's out to pasture, and I'm looking for recommendations on boots that:

- run to 31.5 (13.5) or larger
- fit moderately narrow feet, and
- are "lateral" in design.

Lateral boots:

- are relatively upright forward lean
- do not have much ramp angle, and
- are pretty stiff.

Right now I'm considering

- Dalbello V-Pro or Diablo Custom (too soft?)
- Lange 130 World Cup (lateral?)
- Rossignol Race 9.1 Pro or 9.1 Pro (lateral?)
- Salomon Crossmax 10.0 (fit a narrow foot?).

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Rick
post #6 of 14
Sorry about that reply;
I have narrow feet and just started skiing on Technica XT17’s this year. I have 12 days on them already and have skied everything on the mountain: powder, crud, bumps and groomed. They are responsive and for me ski better than anything I’ve ever had (Technica Icons, Rossi Race 1's,Salomon Equipe). They are not as stiff as the Rossi Race 1’s, but they are stiffer than most.
post #7 of 14
Nothing out there narrower,stiffer than Nordica Doberman. Don't know about the large size though.
post #8 of 14
for boots that are narrow throughout the foot, try the Head (San Marco) boots, which are a true narrow "C" throughout.

for boots that are narrow in the midfoot and heel, but more generous at the forefoot, try the Salomon Course/Course Pro and the Dolomite Sintesi.

The Nordica Doberman indeed is narrow, but it's very stiff. Unless you are used to such stiffness, it's probably not a good choice.

Dalbello boots are NOT narrow. They are just about the biggest volume in the leg shaft, too. Skinny legs need not apply.

[ November 21, 2002, 09:16 AM: Message edited by: gonzostrike ]
post #9 of 14
What's the difference between Salomon Course and Salomon Course Pro?
post #10 of 14
I don't claim to be an expert on the subject, but it's my understanding that the Course is their race boot, more narrow in width than the Wave models, and also probably too stiff to be a good all mountain boot for most of us. The Course Pro is more of a freestyle boot, softer in flex than the Course or Crossmax models, and I think it has a more flexible footboard for softer landings. I think the Course Pro runs closer in fit (more narrow) to the Course than the Crossmax, which seemed to me to be a little more roomy.
post #11 of 14
I thought "pretty stiff" was one of the criteria?
post #12 of 14
I am just curious because Salomon web site does not mention Course Pro boot at all (or I could not find it). Anyway, I do not want to hijack this thread so I will make a new one and see if anyone has more info.
post #13 of 14
SLATZ,

the thread's author went overboard in saying "lateral boots are stiff."

the truth is that "lateral boots" are stiff LATERALLY but not n fore/aft flexion.

fore/aft stiffness is not such a great thing for anyone who isn't a current or former racer.
post #14 of 14
The obvious choice, if you liked your X9's, is to try the Lange first. Everything about the new Lange boots is better. If that doesn't work for fit than a straighter lasted boot like Rossignol, Head or Nordica would be good follow up choices. Best of luck.
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