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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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