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Narrow fit boots/brands
I did a search for this but the most recent threads seem to be about 2 years old.
I am after some narrow fit snowboarding boots. This will be my first ever boot upgrade from my original pair of Rides.
My foot is measured at an 11 B or C size. I wear 11.5 Nikes, and 10.5s or 11s in most other things. I also have narrow heels. 6", 180 pounds-ish.
Some specific things about me:
-10% park, 90% all mountain at the moment (I'd say I am probably looking for something mid-to high flex based on this and my weight? Not too sure). Living in Aus, though, the snow is often crap and I spend a lot of time on the sides of groomers doing little tricks and butters.
-To be paired with Rome 390 Boss bindings, Never Summer Proto board.
What I am looking for:
-A narrow fit, as stated
-A system to prevent heal lift (J bars or other inserts) - this is something that plagues me with my narrow heals
-BoA (prefer dual) or other effective speed lace system
-Heat moldable liner - seems like this is also a good thing to have for my situation
It seems that my desire for the above features will put me into the upper echelons of what the manufacturers are offering. I don't mind spending a bit of cash as I am hoping these will last me for some time.
I have emailed a few websites with this same query and they recommended, in no particular order
-Salomon, e.g. f22, f20 and the updated models
-K2, e.g. Thraxis (too expensive)
-DC and Nike Boots in general for their narrowness
-Burton Driver X
And so I was wondering if people have any recommendations for brands that run narrow in general, or boots that are narrow and fit the above criteria.
I should state that I fully intend to go and try everything that I am recommended on and am not trying to purchase based on online recommendations, I am just trying to narrow it down to 3-4 options. I live in Australia and am coming to the CO this Jan, so I will be trying/buying in CA or CO then.
Cheers in advance.
I have narrow feet (specifically ankles) and had been riding several models of Vans boots for the last 5+ years in a half size smaller than I should have just to reduce the space. I found it to be a good solution.
Last year I bought a pair of Celsius Cirrus and they fit my narrow foot extremely well and in the size I actually take. They have insertable j-bars for ankle lock, which I haven't yet put in (I haven't needed them, and plan on seeing how much the liner packs out before I need them). The speed lace system is excellent. And they're med stiffness boot that handle steeps and park equally well.
Now rocking Vans Fargo which have been really good for me. Only one Boa, but pretty good tweakability with the internal harness and the velcro powerstrap. Medium 'go everywhere' flex. Only issue is that they are really bulky on the outside. And I wish they had an articulating cuff - got 1.5 seasons (100+ days) on my second pair and they have started to soften up considerably.
Trying to figure out what to get next now that Vans has discontinued the Fargo. Might give the Cirro a try if it fits similar to the Fargo.
Maybe check out Nike boots. I know they have a narrow fit for shoes. I haven't used their boots so I can't claim anything for sure but it might be something to look into. They make some really stuff from what I've heard.
Check out the Nike DK and the ZF1. Like the dude above me stated, Nikes generally have a narrower footbed than some other brands.
You might also want to check out Nitro Select TLS boots. They are pretty stiff (and include a tongue stiffener), even though they have an articulated ankle. They are also a reduced footprint boot with a fused liner Nitro gear also has a two-year warranty. I have narrow ankles and a wider forefoot and my Nitros are a bit tight around my forefoot. They also have pretty decent cushioning and the TLS speed lace works well. Though I'm not a fan of the liner lacing system.
I don't have any idea how the other models fit.
If you don't mind traditional laces, Nike has some great boots for narrow feet. The Salomon F boot series has always been that way too, and they have speedlaces.
In general, brands like K2, Vans, 32 are wider so you should prob avoid those.
I have always had heel lift issues. I am riding the Nitro Team boots. Ankle has stayed locked in no matter what.
Didn't have much time in them last year so can't speak to pack-out but so far so good.
Nitro are by far the best boots for my ultra-narrow heels and skinny ankles.
I've previous tried Burton (Shaun White, Ion, Driver), 32 (TmTwo... and whatever was stiff than that), DCshoes (Radians, Judge Double Boa), Vans (three pairs, I forgot the model names), Ride boots, Salomon (Dialogue, Synapse, Malamute, F20, F22) - ALL of those were too wide in the ankle for me (I would get heel-lift unless I over-tightened the laces) - with Salomon and Ride being the least worst.
With the Nitro Team TLS and now the Nitro Select TLS, I finally could tighten the upper laces just "snug" tight and have my heel locked in. I can leave the lower laces loose and not crush/numb my toes.
Anyone who is cranking down on their laces has a less than ideally fitting boots... they just don't realize it yet.
I've found that Salomon boots, at least the F4.0 boots, are not as narrow as the used to be. Perhaps, I added J-Bars they would fit right.
I've been told that Ride boots, specifically the RFL boots are good for narrow ankles and wider feet. They were comfortable when I tried them on and seemed to fit well, but I didn't ride them on the mountain, which could have been a whole different story.
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