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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I don't want to really go into the store only looking for 1 brand/model of boot.

 

I can get dalbello's at a fair price here and fitted. (hopefully well, but I'm armed with extra knowledge!)

 

The problem is, I don't even know if those will work. I have a wide foot, but it't not very tall. I read the correct term for that here a few days ago, but do not recall it.

 

Current boots, using the shell fit method, (which are handmedownboots anyways) are 2 sizes to big. I can pull my foot up in the back while wearing them with heavy socks on. I mostly attributed it to having the not so tall foot before, seeing as the person I got these boots from has smaller feet than I do. 

Anyways.
What other kind of boots can I look at that will fit me tight on the top of the foot and help keep me snug?

It seems like most boots are not quite as wide as others. Even the current ones I'm wearing I don't feel that they are wide enough in the toe area, my pinky toe is crammed up against the front, but they are too big as well. It's amazing how Uncomfortable incorrect size boots are. 

 

 

Sorry, I keep getting off track.

I'm look at Dalbello's. Dale boots were way to pricey for the amount of skiing I do. I really like their product, but they need to be fitted in person, not with a chart over the internet. 

 

What other brands can I shoot for that should fit my foot right? Is there a specific style of Dalbello's I should go for?

I do like Solomon boots as well, but do not know anything about them.

Axion's look right for me in the Dalbello's. 

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 7

best to find a boot fitter in your area. and let them help you find a boot.  You are letting the tail wag the dog with looking for boots first.

 

just about every company will make something close to what will fit you, just a matter of finding the best one overall.

 

also reading the wikis will help you a bunch too.

post #3 of 7

Talyn,

 

the only things that you will need when you go into the ski shop for ski boots, are:

 

an open mind, with no  preconceived notions about brand, model, size, or flex.

 

your feet

 

your patience

 

some form of payment

 

armed with those things you stand the greatest chance of buying a boot that fits your foot, your performance level, and your pocketbook.

 

now this does not happen without some commitment from your ski shop. they will need to offer:

 

a bootfitter that has slightly more skills and intelligence than a lump of clay.

 

a selection of brands, fits, flexes, and pricing.

 

when a good customer meets a good ski shop....... the rest will feel like magic.

 

jim

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

I like to be an informed customer when I go in. I don't want to go in for one product only, but I want to find a product that will work for me. 

 

I have to drive 3 hours to a boot fitter, so I cannot just go all willy nilly any time I want. 

 

Here in michigan it's harder to find a good boot fitter. I've never watched him fit boots when everyone else in our group got boots, so I don't know if he follows the practices that the rest of you guys on here do, which I agree with. 
 

I just wanted some idea's of what to look for and if somebody had something that would work better for my odd foot size than another. Thats all I'm trying to come up with. 

 

I don't understand flex and a lot of other things in boots, and that is something you guys know about as well. 

 

I just know, the boots that I"m wearing were fitted for the guy they came from, if it was here, and the same guy, I don't need too big of boots.

 

I hope I'm not making this sound to confusing. =\

I just know boots will improve my skiing and that I dont' need the latest and greatest of boots either.

I also know that what works for one person wont necessarily work for another.

 

I appreciate the suggestions so far.

post #5 of 7

i am not quite sure what you are wanting me to say, but it is not going to be look at brand X they are great for feet like yours....... you said it yourself, boots need to be fitted in person and not over the internet... the info in the wiki at the top of the forum will give you what you need to know about shell sizing etc, that is the critical bit...flex is a personal thing and you have given us no information about your height, weight, skiing level so it is impossible to give you an indication as to what is correct for you..

 

Jim summed up all you need to take but it needs to be taken to the right person, we have a guy over here (in the UK)who measures your foot, adds a bit for extra toe room and brings you  6 pairs of boots and lets you choose what feels best!!!!

 

you need to find out if the guy you plan to see fitted these boots for the skier who gave them to you, if they did then they were sold not fitted (being as they are 2 sizes big on you and he has smaller feet) and you do not want to be going that route, 3 hours is a short drive to find a good fitter, we regularly have clients for 4-5 hours away and have a few who drive over 8 hours to get boots sorted, so if it means driving a little further to get the best job then it is well worth the trip

 

i don't know your area at all so i can't suggest someone, but there may well be a good fitter that someone can recomend in the area

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

I just found out the boots were not his. That was a sigh of relief. They were his sons, and his son has bigger feet than I do. 

 

The way he described boots to me was like you guys do on here. So it was hard for me to believe he had the wrong size boot on. I know he knows better. *shrugs*


Anyways. 
I couldn't honestly tell you my ski level either. 

I'm 6'3 and 175 lbs. I have a size 13 shoe. The problem I'm trying to keep from having is driving to a ski shop to have them have no boots that will fit me at all.
Not only are my feet long, but they are wide, but the actual height of my foot is so small. I got like long flipper things going on. Shoe's rarely fit properly.

While my foot isn't long enough for the boots I wear skiing, I can tighten the buckles down all the way and slide my foot most of the way out till the boot is too narrow for the width of my foot to come out, cause there is nothing holding my foot down. 

I am figuring that not EVERY ski brand is going to make a boot that fits my feet, so I decided to ask you guys so I could research what stores have what and call and talk to them to make sure they have a product that will work for me. 
If you have read the news any, unemployment is very bad here in michigan. And I'm a seasonal worker.
I don't have the money to drive around the state to every ski shop there is to look for a pair of boots that they don't have. 

I research products before I buy them. While I don't always believe what reviews say, cause I have plenty of good products that have poor reviews, I like to be armed with knowledge of what i'm buying.

And if in that fact that I do find a boot that will work for me and the fitter is a complete oaf, I at least know enough from the information you all have provided here on epic ski to not buy a boot that will not work. 
The guy I'm going to try and see is good from what I'm told, but I never watched him fit, and it sounds like he doesn't do a shell fit from what my Father explains to me when he fitted him.

 

I'm not trying to go in with a brand notion or anything of the sort. 

I know there is a boot out there that will work for me, and I know you guys cannot necessarily know what that exact boot is right from this website unless we were to meet in person. But, I'm looking for some direction for when I actually go to purchase the boots.

Buying a product based upon name and reviews is just dumb if its not going to work, and I'm not going to do that. 

 

But if a Brand has a boot that is designed for feet more or less like mine, I'd like to know that so I can check if they have something similar to that. 

You guys are the experts, not me. I'm just trying not to waste my time driving to these places with 340 a gallon fuel.


The lack of widely known guys here in Michigan, especially on this site, inspires me to do what you guys do. To bad its not easy to get into here.

I've watched some fitting video's here on epic Ski that you all have posted, and I'm quite confident that nobody in this state would take the time to get things that right for customers. I could be wrong, but here in Michigan, people are more concerned about getting the sale, as you guys have posted in the wiki, by finding a boot that somebody will buy, instead of selling them the correct boot. 

 

I hope I'm conveying the seriousness of this purchase I want to make to you guys.

Kinda like buying a car to me. I'm not rich enough to make a mistake and toss the boots aside if they are wrong due to a poor fitting. 

 

So all I'm asking is for you guys to point me in the right direction of what products are more or less made for my situation, not sell me on a specific brand.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post

Talyn,

 

the only things that you will need when you go into the ski shop for ski boots, are:

 

an open mind, with no  preconceived notions about brand, model, size, or flex.

 

your feet

 

your patience

 

some form of payment

 

armed with those things you stand the greatest chance of buying a boot that fits your foot, your performance level, and your pocketbook.

 

now this does not happen without some commitment from your ski shop. they will need to offer:

 

a bootfitter that has slightly more skills and intelligence than a lump of clay.

 

a selection of brands, fits, flexes, and pricing.

 

when a good customer meets a good ski shop....... the rest will feel like magic.

 

jim


I just want everyone to know I believe what Jim is saying here, but there are a few key points to this whole equasion.

 

Good Ski Shop.

Selection of Brands fits and flexes/pricing. 

 

I don't understand flex enough to even talk about that.
I just want something that fits so I can improve my skiing.

 

I feel the boot is the most important part of your ski gear.


The rest of your gear means shat if you cannot use it properly.  I'm taking this very seriously. 

I realize how much poorly fit boots are holding me back and making it harder for me to ski, and I want to fix this.
Thus another reason why I cannot accuratly judge my ski level.

Okay, So I can ski down a hard blue just fine. I'm no pro, but I can do it. Blacks at local hill are not really... Blacks. Hard blue's I'm told. 

 

Is there any more info I can provide you guys to help make some suggestions of products that might work for me?

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