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Advice on ski boots

hey everyone,
I'm a girl and i live in bern.

I'm skiing with my school in 2011, and i was looking for ski boots a couple days ago
I have large calves, and i tried size 28 for women/ladies and they fit perfectly at the bottom part but i can't close the two buckles of the legs part
Then i tried size 30 for men and i can close the two buckles but it was way to big at the bottom part
So should i buy the one that fit my calves but to big or the bottom, or should i do something else?

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Old 31.12.2010, 07:55
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Re: Advice on ski boots

Neither. Rent until you find the right pair of boots - different brands have different shape shells, and there's no point shelling out all that cash for boots that don't fit.

I have a friend (male) who was telling me he had a similar problem just this week. After visiting many stores, he eventually found a pair of boots that work for him. But it will take patience and a lot of shopping.
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Go to Vaucher in Bern, they will find a boot that fits you. Go at a quiet time, maybe early on Tuesday? Then they will have time for you.

Do you know your foot size? Have you been measured?
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Re: Advice on ski boots

Indeed have your foots scanned first. Then do a shell-fit test to make sure that you donīt buy too big boots. If it feels comfortable in a shop it is too big. Boot factories can modify the shell to make root to your boots if needed.

Try a shell-fit. The first thing that should happen when you're trying on a ski boot is a shell-fit. To do this, take the liner out of the shell (often more difficult than it looks) and slide your foot (with a thin sock) into the plastic shell only. With the boot on the floor, slowly slide you foot forward until you are just touching the end of the boot with your toes. With your foot in this position reach your hand behind your heel to the space between your foot and the back of the boot; you should have no more than two fingers (about 1 ž inches) of space there. Any more than this and the boot will actually be too big for you.
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Old 11.01.2011, 22:50
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Yes, go to a very good specialist shop and get good advice. I remember reading a feature in a Ski Magazine in the UK years back - and there are defo brands which are better for women with large calves, but I can't remember the details.

I am a large woman, but have slim calves! However I have become quite proficient at adapting ski trousers and jackets to fit me- as larger sizes assume you are 1m80 and over (6ft approx!). Would be only too happy to help. Large and even very large men are well catered for in ski and other sports clothing - but somehow women are supposed to stay at home and cry.

Edit - just Googled ski boots for women with large calves - which turned out lots of useful info. Have a look.
make sure you get thin ski socks, in your right size - NOT those cheap huge socks that fit like a sack of potatoes! And also that only those socks go into the boot, NOT longjohns or trousers, etc. Tell us how you get on.
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The boot buckles most definitely have to close, and your feet also need to secure and firm ... you will find a pair.... do not compromise.

Try different brands in a specialist shop. Sometimes on the mountain is better to rent so you can bring them back if they are uncomfortable. Boots that open at the back might be worth a try...
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