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sheepstealer 01-15-2014 08:25 AM

boots for skinny/smaller feet?
 
I've been having trouble really dialing in the last couple pairs of boots I've owned (Ride Jacksons, Forum The Kicker).

I've been getting heel lift after the first couple runs. But if I really crank on the BOAS/quick pulls, I get major foot pain and cramping, mostly b/c I'm cutting off circulation I think.

I can't seem to find a good middle ground.

Are there any specific boots/brands out there that make a boot for smaller/skinnier feet?

I played a ton of soccer (almost year round) from when I was five through college, and I have a sneaky feeling stuffing my feet into tiny soccer cleats stunted their growth a little bit.

ksup3erb 01-15-2014 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by sheepstealer (Post 1437657)
I've been having trouble really dialing in the last couple pairs of boots I've owned (Ride Jacksons, Forum The Kicker).

I've been getting heel lift after the first couple runs. But if I really crank on the BOAS/quick pulls, I get major foot pain and cramping, mostly b/c I'm cutting off circulation I think.

I can't seem to find a good middle ground.

Are there any specific boots/brands out there that make a boot for smaller/skinnier feet?

I played a ton of soccer (almost year round) from when I was five through college, and I have a sneaky feeling stuffing my feet into tiny soccer cleats stunted their growth a little bit.

I've been very happy with Nike Kaijus. Replaced the inserts with superfeet reds. Had the same problem with BOAs. Just could never get the right fit. Always either too loose, or too tight.

bseracka 01-15-2014 03:24 PM

Salomon f series and most of the nitro range run narrow

lab49232 01-15-2014 03:35 PM

You wont love the answer but consider going to a traditional lace boot. Boa boots tighten universally so if it doesn't fit your foot perfectly you'll never get proper hold without hurting your foot. Look at at this way, you tighten the Boa boot and it gets snug around your toes and ankle but your heel doesn't quite have hold, theres no way to tighten the heel any more without over cranking on your toes. You can try and find one of the dual zone Boa boots and it will help some but they are substantially more expensive.

Traditional laces allow you to zonal tighten each section of the boot so you can make each part as tight as you want without overtightening any other part of the boot. If you are stuck on a quick lace version like I said try finding a dual zone boa or you just need to try on a million single boa boots until you hopefully find one molded the exact same way as your foot but that can be like finding a needle in a haystack. I love Boa boots, so handy, but for proper fitting they just are rarely the best bet.

bseracka 01-15-2014 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by lab49232 (Post 1439273)
You wont love the answer but consider going to a traditional lace boot. Boa boots tighten universally so if it doesn't fit your foot perfectly you'll never get proper hold without hurting your foot. Look at at this way, you tighten the Boa boot and it gets snug around your toes and ankle but your heel doesn't quite have hold, theres no way to tighten the heel any more without over cranking on your toes. You can try and find one of the dual zone Boa boots and it will help some but they are substantially more expensive.

Traditional laces allow you to zonal tighten each section of the boot so you can make each part as tight as you want without overtightening any other part of the boot. If you are stuck on a quick lace version like I said try finding a dual zone boa or you just need to try on a million single boa boots until you hopefully find one molded the exact same way as your foot but that can be like finding a needle in a haystack. I love Boa boots, so handy, but for proper fitting they just are rarely the best bet.

boa also comes as boa focus which is available in 2 and 3 zone tightening, not just 1

lab49232 01-15-2014 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by bseracka (Post 1439377)
boa also comes as boa focus which is available in 2 and 3 zone tightening, not just 1

Yup, thats what I was referring to as "dual zone". It definitely helps although it doesnt always fix the problem. I always recommend going with them though if you're set on a Boa boot and can afford the price jump. Single Boa boots are either the exact perfect fit or end up being nearly useless in higher performance situations. I've been fortunate enough to find a few that fit me perfect but it took a lot of looking and testing. Traditional laces are the safest and easiest to get a perfect fit though.

bseracka 01-15-2014 05:08 PM

outside of boa every major manufacturer has a zonal speed lace system available. personally I think traditional laces are fine for park and some all mt riding, but have to much slop in them. if using traditional laces, lacing hockey skate style helps with the slop

lab49232 01-15-2014 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by bseracka (Post 1439569)
outside of boa every major manufacturer has a zonal speed lace system available. personally I think traditional laces are fine for park and some all mt riding, but have to much slop in them. if using traditional laces, lacing hockey skate style helps with the slop

Traditional laces are the most accurate fitting boot you can get. It's why every pro and backcountry rider sticks to them. If you aren't getting them tight enough you aren't cranking them down. Create a handle between each eyelet to really help tighten each section. It may be what you refer to as hockey lacing but basically its doing the first part of tying your shoes (before you get to the bunny ears, just the loop one lace around the other) and pull on that to tighten. You will more than be able to cut off circulation this way if you want. The issue should never be getting your boots tight enough, it's getting your boots too tight, no matter the lacing system.

bseracka 01-15-2014 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by lab49232 (Post 1439753)
Traditional laces are the most accurate fitting boot you can get. It's why every pro and backcountry rider sticks to them.

I'll resist calling you a liar, but this is an amazingly inaccurate blanket statement. Feel free to provide evidence to prove your point.

lab49232 01-15-2014 07:54 PM

You can call me a liar when you show me proof of any pro riding guys in single boa and really even double boa boots. No offense, and yes it's a tad of a blanket statement to say "every", but I have worked in the industry my entire life, ridden with pros from Lib and Flow and so on, spoken with just about every name you can imagine in the industry (yes it's true Danny Kass is a douchebag and Joseph Condorelli who runs Grenade now is even more of a coke head than you'll ever know), but every one of them rides/supports lace. Obviously you can tighten Boa boot's over and over until your foot falls off but that far from makes them the best fitting boot. I personally ride a Boa only because I was lucky to eventually find one that fit perfectly and don't have to have a budget for finding equipment. But People need to know the negatives and how these work. T-rice, White, Lago, Jones etc. don't ride Boa and they as well as I can put a lace boot on you so tight you'll lose feeling in your foot in minutes.


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