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is reduced footprint legit?

So Im 5 9 160lbs and am cursed with size 12 feet. Honestly Im sick of being subjected to just buying mid-wides n wides and recently I read about newer boots having reduced footprints. Im definitely kinda skeptical. Any of you out there could say if you feel you actually can size down a bit? Also any recommendations for a decent all mountain boot?
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Yes reduced fp is legit. You can typically expect the boot shell to fit about a half size smaller. So a twelve in reduced fp will have the footprint of a comprable 11.5. It won't magically fix your problem though.
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so its really not worth throwing down serious loot on it is what your saying if I dont need em? The rulers that I have now are only a season old but i get this weird pain in my left foot when riding them for a while hard. So even though Im not desperate for a new pair I wouldnt mind seeing whats available out there.
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Solomon F series footprint a lot more than just a half size smaller. My F22s are barely any bigger than my hiking boots.
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I have size 9 DC Judge boots (2012) which I believe are rf. My brother has size 9 Celsius boots (2011 I believe) and we can't even fit each other's boots in each other's bindings. That's how big a difference it is between two size 9s. I'd say it feels like a good 2 sizes difference in the shell. I wouldn't expect that much of an improvement but you might be able to at least help your problem a bit.
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You dont have to spend much more for shrink tech, my Burton's with shink tech were <200 and are smaller than my winter hiking boots.

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whats some of the best small footprint boots other then salomon?
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whats some of the best small footprint boots other then salomon?
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The tech is legit. But if its only dropping you to 11.5 your probably still better off on a mid wide (of course your stance angles will also determine this). Another thing you might be able to do is ride a half size down 11.5 making the print 11 or smaller. If you ride allot this would be the way to go. If you do, heat mold them to open them up a bit before you ride. Also understand that they will be tight and have a break in period ( about 7-10 days on snow). If you don't ride allot then it wouldn't be worth waisting an entire season just to break in some boots. Ultimately its up to you but keep in mind your boots are the number one most important piece of your set up so take your time and try on as many as possible. GL
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So Im 5 9 160lbs and am cursed with size 12 feet. Honestly Im sick of being subjected to just buying mid-wides n wides and recently I read about newer boots having reduced footprints. Im definitely kinda skeptical. Any of you out there could say if you feel you actually can size down a bit? Also any recommendations for a decent all mountain boot?
But even downsizing the boots and then downsizing your boards width, will it even make a riding difference considering bigger boots on a wide board probably rides the same as you having small boots on a non wide board?

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