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post #1 of 4
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Hello guys.


Currently I own a pair of Salomon Impact 8's which I've had for a few years. This season I'd like a new pair of boots because these are too loose and feel too big for my feet. This weekend I went to the shop where I bought my skis to check out some new boots. This shop is nationally known for it's skilled personnel who know what they're talking about. They measured my feet and we came to the conclusion that my current boots were 2,5 sizes too big (!).
I have pretty wide feet, this is probably the reason I got my current boots some years ago.


Consequently the guys at the shop told me never to overcompensate lack of width with larger sizes which sounded pretty obvious.
We tried on some proper size boots and at some point I tried the Full Tilt High Fives. They were pretty wide and actually were pretty comfortable compared to the others I've tried on.


The flex index is only a 6/10 though. According to the Full Tilt site, the flex depends on the tongue which is interchangable. Does this mean that the flex of the entire boot is depending on what tongue you are using?
So if I put in another tongue, I can change the flex of the boot to a 8/10 or 9/10?

And also, I am a advanced-expert skier which loves freeriding (I own a pair of Armada JJ's) but since I live in Europe I also have to hit the groomers pretty often, sometimes to teach kids and sometimes to compete in a race. Would the High Five be a good choice to be my only pair of boots?

I also tried on the Atomic B120. This boot has a very wide toebox (106mm) but still offers stiffness. What do you guys think about this boot? I am afraid they are too comfy and they will give up on performance.
Yesterday a friend of mine told me about the Salomon SPK Pro. These boots have a 102 (or 106) mm wide last, which is pretty wide too. The flex of the SPK Pro's is 110'ish. I haven't tried these on yet, but I like the specs. Are these comparable to the High Fives when it comes down to groomer skiing? And anyone does anyone with wide feet have experience with these?


Thank you all for reading, hope it wasn't too long redface.gif

post #2 of 4

Really difficult here to advise on specific  boot recommendations without actually seeing your feet but I can answer some of your questions. 


The design of the Full Tilt and Dalbello Krypton allows for stiffness to vary with tongue replacement.  However, you cannot just get any stiffness you want so I would check with the shop to determine stiffnesses available.  So yes what you were told about Full Tilt stiffness is correct.  If your foot is truly wide the Krypton probably will not work for you although with a last width of 102mm the Full Tilt may. 


If a 102mm last width is comfortable I'd say there is no reason to move to a 106.  Also if a 102 is comfortable you could probably buy a 100 or even less and with a little widening in the forefoot wear it comfortably.  You say the shop you went to is nationally known and I agree with their advice but you don't say anything about actual boot fitting work.


Someone who is comfortable in an unmodified 102 can easily be comfortable in a modified 100 or even 98.  The advantage to this approach is that it opens the choice of models available to you. 


Flex is absolutely personal but most high level boots (flex 110 or so, 8 or more) should work fine for all day skiing as well as some racing.  But remember flex numbers are not comparable between brands or even models.  Although there is a scale for comparing the desireability of given models and I believe it is written about in Men's Quarterly.





post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thank you Lou for your reply.


The shop does do boot adjustments. I don't know the correct English term but they can "press out" the boot to create more volume inside.

I got a reply from the shop today that the High 5 already has the stiffest possible tongue for this specific model, so unfortunately we can't change the tongue for a stiffer one. I guess I have to decide for myself if the flex is stiff enough..

post #4 of 4

that highfive is a new boot for FT this year, and the classic one has other tongues avail, but that newer, wider, cheaper one doesn't.


what Lou said,  Get the narrowest boot you can , as boots can be made wider (press out, punch out, stretch etc) but can't be make narrower.

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