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Buying Ski Boots.

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@ymh, go to a boot fitter. Where are you based?
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@ymh, Agreed, you need a decent fitter. Also some boots have a mouldable shell which can increase the width by several mm in one place without affecting the heel retention.
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@holidayloverxx, I have been to several boot fitters both in the UK and France, I problem is they all offer conflicting advise.
I intend to purchase the boots for next season, so there is no rush. My intention was to window shop and purchase towards the end of the year. However technology has moved on somewhat since my last purchase with what seems the manufactures now producing a small medium and large last range with the cuff to suit. I note that both solutions for feet and Profeet are both highly recommended and a visit to them would perhaps be the best option
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@ymh, profeet for sure
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ymh wrote:
I am having difficulty finding a boot to suit my wide feet with very narrow heels and small calf's. My feet are 103mm wide, my instep is low, boot size is 26. The boots I want to replace are 10 year old Atomic B Tech which had the width I required with medium cuffs that gave me good heel retention. I was quite interested in the Atomic Hawk magna, however the cuff was so big on me that they felt like a pair of wellies. I have tried various other 102 last boots and cannot get good heel retention. Would it be better to get a boot with good heel retention in a 100mm last and have them blown out to fit me or go for a 102 last and have cuff reducers stuck on the liner. Alternatively, can anyone suggest a model of boots that would suit my feet


ymh, my feet are 102mm (in size 26.5). I had a Hawx Magna's predecessor (Atomic LiveFit) which were a perfect fit everywhere except arund the ankle area - they were so roomy there, they proved to be totally un-skiable on anything bumpy.

Went to Colin @ Solutions4Feet, who measured my feet unweighted with precision calipers. They measured 100mm.
Colin put me in a pair of Atomic Hawx 2 (100mm) which he expanded slightly in a outer metatarsal & toe areas.
I did not think I would ever fit in a 100mm last boot (as I've tried a tonne) and they all hurt after a short while, providing I could put them on in the first place.

Result - boots that fit like a glove everywhere, even around the ankle area, so skiing bumpy terrain is no longer a problem.

Going by my experience, if Hawx Magna (the Atomic LiveFit successor) fitted you well (other than around the shin), you would probably fit in a Atomic Hawx Prime S (wich is the Hawx 2 successor, also a 100mm last) with some fitting, providing the bootfitter knows what he/she is doing.

I would recommend Colin/Solutions4Feet wholeheartedly, you may want to give him a call and get his opinion.
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@ymh, there are only 3 or 4 boot-fitters in the UK who are consistently recommended on this forum, depending on where you live one will be recommended for you. Most of the others can often provide inconsistent and sometimes inaccurate advise.
Now is not a good time to buy ski boots as many models and sizes will be sold out drastically limiting your choice. Far better to book an appointment around late October next season. Good luck
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