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If The Boot Fits

If The Boot Fits

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By Jeff Rich
posted: 08/14/2000

Skiing is a game of small movements that carry big consequences, and it all starts at the foot. If your boot fits comfortably and snugly, you'll ski better. Without pain, you can concentrate on making all the right moves. Buying boots that closely match your foot shape is important. The less customizing a boot-fitter has to do, the better. If you match one of the Poor Fit Symptom profiles, check out the chart for boot models that may better fit your foot shape or stance needs.

Wide Forefoot

Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Pain on either side of the forefoot
  • Cramping at the ball of the foot
  • Ankle pain
  • Arch pain
  • Cold feet

    Recommended Models
    Alpina A3, SRX Series/Atomic Race 9.58/Dachstein Ergo 4, Cruise Series/Dalbello PRX, SGS and CRX Series/Dolomite Epix Series/Head EZ-On Series and World Cup Cross/Lange L8 and Vector-Venus Series/Nordica Next and Trend Series/Rossignol Freeride and Salto-Saphir Series/Salomon Evolution Series/Tecnica HVL models, Innotec and Duo Series

    Narrow Forefoot

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Heel lifts during turn initiation
  • Foot slides forward and/or sideways
  • Pain on the outside of the forefoot
  • Contusions under the big toe ("Black Toe Syndrome")
  • Toes clench to reduce excessive foot movement

    Recommended Models
    Dachstein DZR/Head World Cup N-99 Race/Lange L10R, L10/Raichle F-One Pro, Flexon Original/Salomon Course models/Tecnica LVL models

    Wide Forefoot with Narrow Heel

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Excessive heel movement sideways
  • Heel lifts during turn initiation
  • Pain over the instep
  • Cramping at the ball of the foot
  • Cold feet

    Recommended Models
    Head World Cup M-102/Lange L8, AC9 and Vector-Venus Series/Raichle F-One Pro and F-One Rev/Rossignol Race 1 Pro, Race 1/ Salomon Performa Course AXE and X-Wave Series/Tecnica Icon, Innotec RX, 9X Ultrafit

    High Instep

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Pain at the top of the instep
  • Burning sensation or cramps in ball of foot
  • Arch cramps
  • Numbness in forefoot or toes
  • Cold feet

    Recommended Models
    Alpina SRX Series/Dachstein Ergo 4 and Cruise Series/Dolomite Sintesi 9.5, 8.5 and Epix Series/Head EZ-On Series, World Cup Cross/Lange Vector-Venus Series/Nordica Next and Trend Series/Salomon X-Wave Series/Tecnica Duo Series

    Low Instep

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Heel lifts during turn initiation
  • Foot slides forward and/or sideways
  • Instep and forefoot buckles clamped at, or near, far end of adjustment range
  • Contusions under the big toe ("Black Toe Syndrome")

    Recommended Models
    Dachstein DZR/Head World Cup N-99 and M-102 Race/Lange L10R/Salomon Course Series

    Large Calf

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Frequent leg and foot cramps
  • Fatigue in the calf and thigh regions
  • Loose fit in heel caused by calf 'sbeing elevated when the cuff is closed
  • Cold feet

    Recommended Models
    Alpina SRX Series/Dalbello SGS, NX 9.2, CRX Ultra/Dachstein Cruise 3/Dolomite Epix Series/Head Cyber Series/Lange L10, L8 and AC9/Salomon Evolution Series/Tecnica Icon and Innotec Series

    Skinny Calf

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Skis hesitate during turn initiation
  • Shin pain
  • Poor control over ski tips especially on ice or on steeps

    Recommended Models
    Rossignol Race Series/Salomon Performa and X-Wave Series

    Bowlegged Stance

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • In glide, catch outside edge
  • Tips frequently cross
  • Tails wash out at end of turn

    Recommended Models
    Atomic Race 9.58, Ride Carbon 9.50/Dalbello SGS/Dolomite Sintesi 9.5, 8.5/Lange L10R, L10/Raichle F-One Pro, F-One Rev/Rossignol Race 1, Race 2

    Knock-Kneed Stance

    Poor Fit Symptoms

  • Difficulty releasing inside edge on steep slope
  • Inside knee and thigh pain

    Recommended Models
    Dalbello SGS/Lange Vector-Venus SSeries/Head Cyber Series/Tecnica Innotec Series

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