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Foot width and ski width?

post #1 of 8
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Does foot width factor into a skier's perception of ski width performance? This may be a dumb question, but as this will likely be my first winter of real skiing and will be looking to rent/demo some real skis, I thought I would ask, and I never see a foot width included with height and weight and skier type in the amazing reviews that are here. I understand that there are MANY factors that go into a ski's performance. But, for example, would a skier with a narrow foot and a skier with a wide foot have the same perception underfoot of, say, a Kastle MX88? Would it feel, and more importantly would it perform, more like a slightly wider ski for a narrow-footed skier and like a slightly narrower ski for a wide-footed skier? Or are foot width differences negated by the relative constant of the boot sole as the contact point with the ski?

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I'm not really sure how this could ever be tested?  As any one skier can only get a perspective from one foot size...their own.  My instinct says it doesn't matter, because once you are strapped into your boot, it should all move as one big piece anyway.  On the other hand, if you have a smaller foot, you are probably a smaller person, with smaller boots and smaller skis.  Often as you go to shorter skis, in the same line of skis, the dimensions and/or construction change.  So in that sense, a small footed person may have a different opinion of a ski than a giant?

 

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I've been wondering for awhile now when the industry boots and bindings will evolve to match the preferred ski widths.  Outside of racing skis I'd think a boot of a width in the mid 70s and bindings with claws to match would provide more optimum leverage and torque on an 80+ mm width ski underfoot.   Granted it is a terrible idea for racing, bump, and carving skis since they'd just boot out, but for most all mountain and powder skis it seems that wider boots and bindings make a lot of sense.

post #4 of 8

Seems like a wide boot would at a lot of unnecessary weight.

post #5 of 8

I thin k they can make it weight the same if they do away with some extra features they had to add to make it that narrow on the bottom currently.  A wider boot would put the foot closer to the ski surface instead of standing above on a little block that's mounted to the ski. 

post #6 of 8

Of course there will be a period right after wider boots and bindings come out where everyone with old skinny boots and bindings mounted on big fat skis might feel like jongs since they no longer have the latest and greatest.

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I agree, which is kind of why I was asking. Since there are SO many choices out there and regular people can't really demo everything (or afford an all Kastle quiver!) we look to peer and expert reviews to help narrow our choices. I am 6 ft- 210, so while I love Dawg's reviews it is very likely that my experience on a ski would be pretty different than his, and the length of ski that I would need compared to him would provide a very different performance and might require a skill level that I don't possess. I also have a very narrow foot. So, for example, in discussion of the hard-snow/groomer performance of some of the newer skis it would be good to know if I would require more effort to put an 88mm or 94mm ski on edge than someone with a wider foot.
 

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Originally Posted by FujativeOCR View Post

I'm not really sure how this could ever be tested?  As any one skier can only get a perspective from one foot size...their own.  My instinct says it doesn't matter, because once you are strapped into your boot, it should all move as one big piece anyway.  On the other hand, if you have a smaller foot, you are probably a smaller person, with smaller boots and smaller skis.  Often as you go to shorter skis, in the same line of skis, the dimensions and/or construction change.  So in that sense, a small footed person may have a different opinion of a ski than a giant?

 

post #8 of 8

I had a similar question, except i only was considering the heel and toe lugs:

   http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/94412/wider-toe-heel-lugs

 

Quicker  / more powerful transmission of power to the edges of the skis seems like it would help with "quickness"

 

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