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post #1 of 8
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This is how I found perfect size of ski boots for myself :


My everyday walking shoe is size 12.

In the ski store the device for measuring the foot

size shows #11,which corresponds to Mondo #29.

I chose ski boot size 27.5, Yes 27.5!!!! to get the right fit

for advanced level agressive skiing.(I used to ski at professional

level in Poland,and took part in many competitions)

When I stand up straight toe tips slightly touching

the front of the shoe,when I lean forward they are not touching

at all. My foot is narrow,I chose 99mm last (shoe width).

I like the boot to fit snug with 0 play, so I can have 100%

control over my skies.Most people buy ski boots too large.

My advice,when you try new par of ski boots on ,and they feel comfy like

a slipper,DO NOT BUY IT.I use Fischer Soma RC4 Comp 110 and 2010

Fischer Progressor 9+ skis 175cm (I am 6'1" tall),nice set believe me.

Hope it helps because it is not possible  to give a universal advice

for everybody is different.

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post #3 of 8

Here's how I found the right size.

I did some research on what type of boot I needed.

I walked into a few ki specialty stores and asked to see their boot fitter.

I let their boot fitter find me the appropriate boot, taking note of how he went about it, did he do a shell fit, was the boot he was recommending suitable for my purposes (judging from what my research said and what I clearly comunicated to him my goals were. 


As good as service was, I could not afford to give someone 5 times what the same thing at another store costs.


I found the boot way too tight at the sixth toe area.  The bootfitter assured me he could stretch it, and gave me a fit guarantee.  Said I had to ski it a few hours before he made final adjustments.  I skied it for an hour, and had to take it off for fear of loosing my toes.  Skied on sloppy rentals the rest of the day.  Got boots punched out.  Skied again,  got boots punched out and adjustments to liner (removed material from pressure point on top of foot, etc) and footbed, skied again, got boots punched out and removed material from liner spot.  Boots are ok now, in bare feet.  Sixth toe area is ok, I think the problem is  that big bulgy bone that is on the big toe side of foot hitting boot and pushing foot sideways.


Now, in retrospect, I think I should have found a good bootfitter by word of mouth, went in and told him  to make me some custom foamed liners (based on previous experience with custom foamed race boots, that still had problems, but that's another long story).  All that fitting work was free, but it still required a half dozen trips to the shop.


So, my question is how do I tell a bootfitter to make custom foamed liners for me, without getting him upset; after all he is the bootfitter and should be telling me what to do.

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post #5 of 8

got to say this is a bit random.... but




personally i would go for the find a fitter by recommendation but be educated so you know what to expect..... explain you are looking for a performance fit and ask what liners they can offer etc etc 



foam isn't the B all and end all, it works for some people but not for others, it is not a substitute for correct shell selection (which is often why it is used)




post #6 of 8
Originally Posted by CEM View Post


foam isn't the B all and end all, it works for some people but not for others, it is not a substitute for correct shell selection (which is often why it is used)





Custom foam and custom footbeds are a compliment to, not a substitute for, propper shell selection.  E.g. Darren Rahlve's race boots were custom foamed, but not because his team was unable to select the proper shell.

post #7 of 8

not getting where you are coming from....... foam, zip fit or any other liner can be an addition to a boot which can add performance and or comfort depending on the boot and the foot... the vast majority of skiers do not need this as an option, i have no problem if you want a foam liner or any other liner for that matter it is a personal preference and may be or may be not a recommendation form a fitter


no race boot is right for the athlete before it has been worked on, it is seldom any foot which can fit into a plug shell without some assistance...and believe me most of the world cup guys do not use a foam liner, some do but it is the minority, and as for footbeds, many of them just use the stock sock liner  as they either don't have space for a footbed or haven't got on with whatever they have been given in the past.  i had a pair of boots in the office the other day which had been fitted in the race department of a well known ski boot company.... this thing was trashed, but it fitted, there was melt points and bubbles in loads of places and not much plastic left in others... did the owner use a foam liner...nope, he hates them due to the way they hold his foot


post #8 of 8

Everybody has different feet; no two are the same.  Some lucky folk don't need too much work done on liners or footbeds.  I do.


So it would be all right to go to a recommended bootfitter, present him with my mangled deformed from years of martial arts rear paws and tell the bootfitter that I've done this a few times and have a strong preference for custom foamed boots, and I would get what I'm after?.


I have found that custom boots fit without the need to remove material to make room for protuberences, though they might need a few snips here and there.


I fully expect the shells to need work. 

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