I need help finding new boots. Over the last few days I have tried on a bunch of boots in various sizes, even womens sizes (I'm a guy). If I just slightly flex my ankle (point my toes) I get heel lift in every single pair I've tried, in most cases over an inch with little effort. Most of the boots I listed give heel lift with the boot planted on the floor and me just leaning forward a little. I also tend to lose circulation in almost every boot I have tried that isn't way too big. I can't seem to find anything that fits for any price and it's getting very frustrating.
I need something on the stiffer side as I like to go really fast through trees and I need rock solid response.
My feet measure out to about a US 7. My ankle seems narrow and my forefoot seems wide and I have a somewhat higher than normal instep and arch. I am 5'8" and weigh 160lbs without my gear. I use green Superfeet and am considering custom corks. Trying on men's boot sizes in 7 and 7.5 usually results in too short of a boot. Best fits have been around an 8 or 8.5 with most brands.
So far I have tried:
32 Lashed in 8 and 8.5 (shop even let me mold them - still bad lift even with J bars). These have been the best fit so far, but still a lot of heel lift when flexing my ankle and my feet felt like they had reduced circulation.
32 Prions in 8 and 8.5. I didn't like these at all. Bad heel lift and lots of pressure points even on the 8.5.
Burton Hail in 7.5 and 8. Bad heel lift, loss of circulation and pressure points in the 7.5 and even in the 8.
Burton Driver X in 8. Bad heel lift, loss of circulation.
Buron Ion in 8 and 8.5. Bad heel lift, poor fit overall.
Vans Encore in 8. Heel lift, no circulation.
Northwave boots (two different styles, forgot which) 7.5, 8 and 8.5. 7.5 were too short and allowed heel lift. 8 fit were the second best fitting boots but they still allowed over an inch of heel lift. 8.5 were too big. Liners were comfortable though.
Burton Sapphire (womens boot and sizes) in 7, 7.5 and 8. Felt good, actually, but still failed to keep my heel down despite the ankle area being quite snug. The calf was too narrow and not tall enough anyway so this probably wouldn't work. Also the flex was way too soft. The 8 was too big overall.
K2 boots (forgot styles, two different ones), 7.5, 8. 7.5 was too small and allowed heel lift. 8 allowed a lot of heel lift and still cut circulation.
DC Balance 8.5. Bleh, just didn't fit at all.
I've heard Salomon tends to run narrow and that they might fit me well, but my forefoot is wider and on a lot of the boots I've already tried my toes are already being squished together a lot so not sure how they'd fit. I can't seem to find a shop that carries any of the Salomon boots in my size.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Last edited by RVM; 01-25-2010 at 06:19 PM.