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Here is my dilema, I am activly looking to purchase new boots, also looking for a good bootfitter, pretty tough here in Michigan at this time of the year, let alone in the middle of the winter. I do not want to make the same mistakes I have in the past regarding buying boots and am dedicated to finding the right boot for my foot.


However, the problem is my damaged leg. I was in a motorcycle accident about 5 years ago now, and basically destroyed my left leg, 3 compound fractures with bones sticking through everywhere. 9 surgeries later, my leg is back, but the damage is done. I never hurt my knee or ankle, but everything in between is pretty nasty, They had to cut my calf muscle out and lay it on top of my leg to get the skin graphs to stick. Now I have this really strange leg that is fatter on the front and skinnier in the back.


I have been skiing on it the last couple years, but can only tolerate the boots for a couple hours because the shin bang is brutal. I would consider myself a level 8 skier, however, I would say I now prefer more of a level 6 enviroment anymore. No bumps, no tough off piste, more of a packed powder, groomed run type guy, because that dosent hurt when I push it. I love the speed and ripping turns though. That being said, i have been trying on numerous boots lately and have found some that feel good on my foot, but not my shin. I have a wider foot, about 103 last, and need the higher volume boots.


I have tried the nordicas, salomons and technicas and while the feel good, the two piece design is what is hurting. I tried on some dalbellos and love the progressive flex, as it dosent give you that hitting the wall feel when you flex them, however, the foot dosent feel as good, a little tighg on top. I realize I am going to have to sacrafice one or the other for the most part, but my thought is I would rather have a little softer boot on the front of my leg than a perfect fit on my foot. Would a good bootfitter be able to work with the dalbellos to get them to fit me good on the foot, or are there other boot options that would work with me offering this smooth flex feel.


What I am findind is that most of the high end Cabrio 3 piece design boots are only offered in the 98mm last. I checked the Dalbello and full tilt, and had little luck. I do see that Dalbello offers the Axion version in the 103 last, but no shop around me has any to try on. Is this a good performance boot? I see the flex is 90-100 which may be fine for me anymore as I am not looking for a super ridgid boot anyway.


Just looking for thoughts on what my options are here. I feel like I am narrowing myslf down to a handful of boot options, but I am also not sure I have a choice at this point. I dont want to ski in pain anymore.


Appreciate any feedback.



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A good boot fitter should be able solve your problem.


First of all if the Dalbello is the direction you want to go, the 98mm forefoot is in a size 26 shell. The width grows by a few millimeters by each size up from the 26. Buying the Dalbello with the heat moldable liner, could be enough to get your fit reservations overcome.


On the other hand, there are unlimited methods to solve your shin issues in any boot. Custom molded liners, custom injected tongues, custom tongue surgery, modifications of the shell to span or redistribute pressure on the front of your leg, use of neoprene padding to redistribute pressure, changes of forward lean and ramp angle to allow more pressure to the front of the ski with less effort, etc, etc, etc.


The key is a good boot fitter, not just product design. The shin is one of the most difficult problem areas to solve in any boot regardless of brand or design. Sometimes it takes some franken-boot modifying especially when your lower leg has gone through major trauma.


Good Luck,



post #3 of 5

I am in the Chicago area and I am happy to help if you can find the time to get down here. I will say this, your situation is outside the norm, that means it might take some trial and error to get boots dialed in for you, as long as you are willing to accept this I am happy to do what I can for you. My rates on a situation like this are time and materials. Some custom work is included with the purchase of the boot, but a situation such as yours might go well beyond what I can include. Let me know if you decide to come down.

post #4 of 5

as the guys have said, it is about the fitter and their skills to adjust something, there are loads of options out there but they will require skilled hands to make them work


good luck getting sorted and back on the hill in comfort

post #5 of 5
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Guys, I appreciate all your input. And JDoyal, I just may take you up on that offer. Could always use a good excuse to spend the weekend in Chicago anyway.

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