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 Post subject: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:08 am 
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I'm thinking about ordering some Fitwell Backcountrys through Fitwell USA.

Since I can't try them on in a store, I was wondering what kind of foot they lean towards. I have the pizza foot, skinny in the heel and wide in the forefoot. I've tried La Sportiva climbing shoes in the past and they tend to be fairly skinny from heel to toe. I've heard that some Italian based boot companies tend to be the same.

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:25 am 
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I have a D width foot (medium) and I had troubles with my right foot being too tight in the boots. Not sure if my right foot is fatter (I think it is) but my foot actually swelled up huge after a day of touring. It's around the center/front of my foot where I had the problems. Now I just lace the forefoot really loose and only tighten the ankle and I didn't have any problems the rest of the season. I actually heated up the boot and tried manually pressing out the trouble area and it seems to have worked. Generally, I'd say these boots are better for medium to skinny feet.


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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:24 am 
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The newer Fitwells are wider so it depend on which ones they have.
I tried on both the old and the new and preferred the newer ones with the power strap.
I think the new liners are good too.
I haven't done anything to them and the haven't made my feet ache yet. :thumpsup:

I will say they are super stiff, even stiffer than my hardboots.

They are great boots and very well made

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:43 pm 
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firstlight wrote:
I will say they are super stiff, even stiffer than my hardboots.
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You mean in the lower/sole area right? Cuz mine are actually really flexible in the ankle (softer than T1's and malamutes). I guess that's why they added a power strap but I prefer the ankle flex as soft as the original ones are. Makes 'em super surfy.


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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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The new ones I have found to be super stiff!
To the point that my shin yelled at me for a while.

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This for me is a match made in heaven, softboot with hardboot performance.
I will be in these 50/50 next year as I have the new hardboot binding to use!
They are no good to bike in :lol:

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I will be taking the Fitwells to Japow in Feb so will be able to see how they perform in bottomless conditions!

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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firstlight wrote:
They are no good to bike in :lol:


haha!, where's that adam? Main Range?


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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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Took some guys out for a tour (MRBC.com.au) at the end of the season
They shut the road from Perisher to Charlotes so we had to ride.
This was about half way down the road, scary amount of snow on the road to close it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

We had about 4 km left to go.

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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I wish I would have thought to ask this question, I ordered 2 pairs from Splitn2.com because I wasn't sure on the fit & didn't want to suffer with an undersized boot anymore. I have a wide foot and wear a size 10 burton with a little pain & size 11 mountaineering boots, 11 sportive running shoes. I ended up settling with a perfect fitting 10.5 fitwell. Pro's: No toe drag, comfortable to split & climb in, semi ridged sole (has a little flex) prevents the hot foot that I was getting from my Burtons, and all the other benefits that come with a snowboard mountaineering boot. Slightly less stiff than my spark XV'S allowing for a much more enjoyable ride down the hill & a much shorter footprint than the sparks. This boot fits my wide feet perfectly, it's nothing like a narrow sportiva. It still feels like a snowboard boot
Cons: poor heel hold even with the booster strap, not a full ridged sole as I was expecting but it is stiff enough to keep my front points from disengaging
Hope this helps. $$$ well spent.
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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Thanks for all the input.

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Cons: poor heel hold even with the booster strap, not a full ridged sole as I was expecting but it is stiff enough to keep my front points from disengaging


I can get up some icy slopes with crampons on my Driver X boots but it sure as heck isn't much fun or very reassuring. One of the main reasons I want to try the Fitwell boots is their ability to work with crampons. Are these boots stiff enough to actually climb short sections of water ice and long sections of frozen spring snow? If they can't do that then I wont be forking over the $600 to buy them.


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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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Who can give me the overall sole length for a US size 11, 29 mondo Fitwell?

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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I would imagine its the US reps time to start making this money by answering these question?

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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Philip.ak I'll measure up some soles for you out of my stock ok, been quite a run on them lately but still have a range of sizes left in stock and will order more.

As far as the boots capability, absolutely with crampons they will do the job on steeper ice. Just look up Zach Clanton on Facebook he has some great shots in his. Ruari Macfarlane also commented " I found them perfect for climbing on a variety of sections including short mixed and water-ice steps, and grade MC3 face climbing" in his review http://climber.co.nz/83/review/fitwell- ... ring-boots here, although I must say to be fair on Ruari he was not entirely stoked with this article as there was some disagreement between the editor and himself on a few editing tweaks. Still in answering your question Chickenwing yes they will do that job well.

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 Post subject: Re: How do Fitwell Backcounty Boots fit?
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I measured my 28.5 sole at 30.5cm and the 29.5 came in at 31.75cm. When compared to the Deeluxe XV'S, the rockered toe puts the sole height at the end of the toe at about 3cm (sparks had 2.2cm & a lot more toe drag)
When I said the sparks were stiffer, I was referring to the uppers. The sole is as stiff or stiffer than the sparks. It feels like a 3/4 shank mountaineering boot. The fitwells front point just fine. Another thing about the sparks, although they have a heel welt, I couldn't use my Camp simi auto XLC crampons due to the width of the sparks heel. Had to stretch the crampon out to the maximum length & had a poor fit, any bump would pop the crampon. This was a non issue with the Fitwell boots. Love them.
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