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Hi, I'm stingy, but just looking for some advice to determine if a fitter is truly needed

post #1 of 6
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Michigander here.  Read just about everything I can on boots over the past few weeks.  I raced on the cheapest stuff when I was in high school 10 years ago because it was all my parents could afford.  I'd consider myself an expert on MI runs, but I've never been out west.  While I could drop $400 on a pair of boots today, I have only went once a year over the past four and rented. I just don't feel I can use an expensive boot enough to make it worth my while, so I'm stingy. 

 

I recently purchased a pair of 27-27.5 Atomic Beta Ride 9.5s that have been used once for $55.  Even with long toenails (gross right?), the liners seemed to fit really well.  Didn't perform a shell test w/o the liner, but will do that tonight.  I don't have ski socks yet (I won't be stingy here I promise), so I just wore a your average thickness cotton sock.  After about 15 minutes in the boot, my feet were pretty numb and tingled for 5-10 after I took them out of the boot. I did this twice. The footboard is hard plastic with a rubber ramp stamped "medium".  Looks to be factory original (bottom of footbard has size stamp that is used elsewhere on the boot)  Cuff felt a little too far forward than I'm used to, but that could be because of the ramp. 

 

I was amazed just standing in them how much they differed from my 28.5, 10-year old, rear entry, one-piece mold, Nordica boots; which I tried on yesterday as well (they are very roomy).  The Atomics felt like they could deliver some serious power to the skis (something I don't think I've ever felt).  They almost seemed molded to my feet. 

 

Because I'm a cheapo, what suggestions do you have other than going to see a bootfitter to get rid of the numbness or will it be fine after the liners pack out?   

 

Thanks guys.

post #2 of 6

Without doing a shell fit it is impossible to give any good information.

 

Lou

post #3 of 6
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Lou--Thanks for the response, 

 

Shell fit left around 1/2-3/4. No numbness during the first 20 min fitting last night (mostly standing, feet together).  I did have some numbness during the second fitting (but I had sat down some too).  

 

Assuming these boots are a fairly close fit in size, my knees felt as though they were just a little bow-legged.  Any suggestions as to what might cause this?    I'm sure I'll be reading all I can in the meantime to figure out the cause. 

 

I greatly appreciate your help and knowledge. Thanks.

post #4 of 6

thinner socks and see if you get the same feelings on snow.

 

does it happen with the buckles looser?

post #5 of 6

1/2-3/4" is reasonable.   Beyond 3/4 starts to be large.  Need to know where the numbness starts if possible and is it the entire foot for certain or just parts of it?  Are you buckling instep buckles?

 

Lou

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

Lou,

 

I'd say more like 1/2 than 3/4.  Buckled up just enough to hold the buckle in place. (buckle order 3,4, velcro, 2, 1).  I was able to pinpoint the numbless in the bottom ball of my foot.  The footbed is factory hard plastic with a rubber heel wedge (wedge could be original owner addition).  Removed the 1/2inch wedge and plastic bed and put in my 10yr old factory beds (soft material with a less elevated heel), which have probably have had 40days on them.  Seemed to make a noticeable difference in comfort the next time I wore the boots around and no ball pressure.  I didn't feel as bow legged either.  Numbness at around 2-3 of 10. (I'd say 7 of 10 when I first tried them on w/ the hard plastic + rubber wedge).  still had some tingling after boot was removed, but not nearly as strong as before.  Would definitely be interested in getting custom footbeds if you think it is a good idea.  Thanks again for the help.

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