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Calf size on ski boots

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I know I know..... another boot question that has actually been asked but a few years ago now, so thought I would try again to see if any new stuff about. My daughter has huge calfs and just can not get a comfortable boot, without going so big in shoe size it just not safe.

So, what is best boot for calfs (about 18inch in circumference) and any boot fitters want to take this on?!

Many thanks
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A proper/good boot fitter will have a cuff stretching jig specially for this purpose so that the correct size boot can be fitted and then the cuff adjusted to suit the calf size.

The jig that Colin has at Solutions4Feet in Bicester holds both boots so that they can be stretched either independently or together.
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Don't mean to sound negative but 18" calf can't be that big, im not that tall nor am I a gym monster and my calf is 17". Should be fairly easy to get boots almost off the shelf!! But if time and cash available I'm sure a boot fitter won't have much problem at all sorting the correct boot.
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Pumba - what boots do you have then? Unfortunately never found any straight off shelf.
Spyderjon - yes, seen S4F but was thinking of going dry slope so could ski on them, refit, ski, fit etc as no matter how many times you walk round the shop, as soon as you ski things change big style.
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My new atomic hawx have a wide calf. I can rarely get normal knee length boots and these fit me fine.
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@Pumba, might depend on the size of the foot. I wouldn't be surprised if boots for bigger feet have more space for a bigger calf.
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@flog873347, has she been trying women’s specific boots? Some (most?) are shorter in height to accommodate a larger, lower calf. 18” is big, but I’m not sure it’s excessive, so a bit of stretching should solve the problem in theory, if the foot is a good fit. This process won’t necessarily cost anything extra.
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I am pretty slim for a bloke and not very muscley and a mere 5’6” and my calves are 15”...

I struggle to believe 18”is such an issue, unless very small feet?
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A good bootfitter is what you need...I have calves approaching 17in and smallish feet that are a complete size different. Colin at S4F managed to sort me out with boots (he called them "sporting" calves)....and I've changed the way I shop for proper shoes too!!
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Well as everyone is saying 18 is not huge I'll start phoning some shops tomorrow and see what they would suggest.... hopefully in the last 4 years boot design has got better...... and wider.

Scarlett - cost isn't really an issue, comfort is!!
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@homphomp, - what did he sort you with? Like the term sporting as well! I'll call Colin tomorrow. Thanks
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@flog873347, some Heads....but it was some time ago so I suspect that the solution will be different now. Good luck with the search.
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@flog873347, I've got some Nordics Hell n back in 26.5, like @under a new name, im only 5'6... and a 1/4!!!!
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18" is on the bigger side. I recall CEM saying that men's boots are generally designed for individuals with a calf circumference of 14" or thereabouts.

Two issues: one is physically accommodating the calf within the boot. Second thing each inch of circumference over the calf size the boot designer had in mind will push the knee forward by a further 1/3 inch. That may cause some fun stance problems.

Larger cuff and upright boot are probably the way forward. CEM would be the obvious first port of call.
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My wife has 16.5 -17" calfs and she's in atomic livefit boots which she really likes.
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speachmaus wrote:
My new atomic hawx have a wide calf. I can rarely get normal knee length boots and these fit me fine.

I second that. If the Hawx prove to have insufficiently wide calf shafts, try Atomic Magna - they're even bigger.
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@flog873347, an average ski boot with 14 degrees of forward lean is designed to put a person in balance with a calf muscle size 13-14" circumference, for every inch above this the body is pushed forward by 1/3" approx

up to 16" is easy no adjustment needed other than a bit of clip adjustment on most boots, when you get to 18" the cuff of the boot will need to be flared back to prevent the skier being forced forward and inevitably sitting back to compensate, the clips may need to be extended and depending on the calf shape it may be advisable to go into a spiral wrap liner rather than using one with a tongue (which can often dig into the sides of the leg as it is not the right shape) biggest one we have done recently was 21 1/2" that was a bit of a challenge but with some time and a customer who wants help it is always possible
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