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 Post subject: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:36 am 
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So after much reading here and elsewhere I've decided to make the hardboot transition, but am struggling to find a suitable AT boot in a size that suits my gargantuan feet (US15). I think I need around a Mondo 32 - 33 depending on the fit, but pretty much all the boots I've seen only run to around the 31.5 (i.e. TLT5's)

Has anyone else out there been able to find a good hardboot solution for large feet?

Its always a problem even for soft boots (currently on a trashed pair of Burton Rulers), but it does mean I ride them till they die!


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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:28 pm 
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Talk to a good local bootfitter to see if they can push the shell out far enough to accomodate your foot size. I've heard that they can get around a full size out of punching out the toes.

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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:29 am 
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good idea. that might just be enough. I assume I would then need to upsize the liner as well..


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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:21 pm 
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Scarpa lists the Rush in size up to 31 mondo. The Scarpa sizing generally runs large, and the boots feature pretty high volume as well. I suspect this may be a good place to start, but, as mentioned, you may need some extra help from a good bootfitter to get enough length.
I suspect the Rush could mod up into a pretty sweet riding boot.

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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:59 am 
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thanks for the tip. Looking at the Scarpa site and it seems they have a few options in the larger sizes so they are going to be my best bet it seems. They have the Maestrele in up to a 32 but the word seems to be that they are a little on the stiff side.

Now time to find out where they have stashed all their large models of the Rush!


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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:38 pm 
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I've got a pretty standard US15 too my big foot brother- Medium arch, medium width, mild overpronation. It's a tough life.

My philosophy has always been to suffer in the smallest boot possible until they break in and feel natural. My soft boots are a 13, and beautiful. Try a Scarpa 31 or 30.5 (that's two different sized shells). The 31/31.5 should fit perfect.

Best of luck!


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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:40 am 
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Revquinn wrote:
They have the Maestrele in up to a 32 but the word seems to be that they are a little on the stiff side.
Indeed, the Maestrale is much too stiff for snowboarding.


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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:05 pm 
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While I can't help with the finding a large Hard Boot. The following may help to understanding AT Ski boot sizing:

[*]http://gearx.com/blog/knowledge/skiing/how-to-size-ski-boots/
[*]http://gearx.com/blog/2010/09/17/a-quick-ski-boot-fit-guide-for-alpine-touring-and-telemark-boots/

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 Post subject: Re: Large Size Hard Boot Options
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:17 pm 
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I am currently in the same position, though I only wear a 14 usually. I've been convinced that switching to a hard boot setup is the way to go for more of the splitboard-mountaineering objectives I want to go after in the Alps. I got excited reading all the good things about TLT5/6, but when I went to the shop today and tried on the 30.5 (biggest size they come in) they were definitely too small.

I see that La Sportiva goes up to 31.5 and the guy at the shop today told me Scarpa makes some bigger boots too. Anyone know which boots are available in 31.5 or 32 that would be good for splitboarding?

Looking at the La Sportiva Siderals maybe.


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