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We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently on how to properly size junior race skis – both gs and sl – for junior ski racers, so we put together this video guide to help out:
If you’re trying to decide from home, use a measuring tape to hit those heights to figure out the closest ski length for your young racer. Still not sure, give us a call or shoot us an email and our experts will help out.
Several years ago out in the Mount Rose backcountry I had my first day of real backcountry skiing in Tahoe.
At the time the Marker Duke was introducing a new generation of skier to the backcountry, and I was part of the new class.
For that first excursion I was using my regular Lange alpine boots clicked into the Duke, I was relatively comfortable in an incredibly heavy set up, and having the time of my life. My friend and partner that day had Dynafit bindings on backcountry skis and some super lightweight touring boots.
Watching him come down 30+ inches of fairly damp pineapple express snow, one thing was obvious, the boots weren’t a great fit.
Start Haus Owner Jim Schaffner skinning up Hidden Peak on Tahoe’s west shore.
Normally a very aggressive skier, he struggled to find the sweet spot in his boots to drive the ski through the snow. With downsized Lange boots custom fit for me, by me, I was not having the same problem. However, going uphill was a different matter; with no releasable cuff I got fatigued much more quickly than I would when I got my first pair of touring boots.
I am pleased to say touring boots have improved about 100 percent since that day; companies like Scarpa and Dynafit are building backcountry ski boots with a much more precise fit than ever before, perhaps a trickle down from the major manufacturers getting in the touring game.
A question we get a lot at the Start Haus, both in-store and online, is “What’s the best way to find new ski boots?”
There are a lot of ways to go about it, including the “shotgun” method of just trying on everything in sight. We don’t like that approach, however, because there are generally 3 to 4 boots – at the most – that will provide the best fit. Trying on 10 is often counterproductive to finding the best one. Finding out what those few “ideal” boots are is our job.
At the Start Haus there are a couple of different scenarios where we will stretch the toe area of a ski boot.
First, many of our athletes have a big toe that protrudes larger than on the normal foot. In this instance the athlete will often downsize to get the same control felt by someone with a more squared of toe shape, and most likely a toe stretch will be necessary to make this fit viable many times before they even leave our shop.
We have several toe blocks that we have shaped to match different toe and foot shapes.
Another group who downsize are those with an extremely narrow foot, often feel no matter how low volume the boot is they still have too much room.
Top-level racers and other athletes at the elite level downsize to ensure there is no movement in the foot whatsoever, and hence no lost energy to the ski edge.
In this video Jim Schaffner demonstrates a punch for a Lange World Cup for an athletes who needs more toe room.
Jim makes sure the boot is protected from the toe and heel lugs twisting under the pressure of the punch, and blocks the toe lug from catching heat and melting. Once this is done he slowly heats the boot up to about 300 degrees F and executes the punch.
This is just one way we can customize ski boots to give you the perfect fit. Shoot us an email or give us a call to find out what we can do for you this winter.
As the Start Haus delves more deeply into the backcountry, we’ve taken a different tact when it comes to skis – instead of jumping on the latest and greatest ultralight, rando-racing inspired sticks – we’ve picked backcountry skis that actually ski as well as alpine skis.
That means skis from manufacturers with real experience in ski design – Armada, Atomic, Blizzard, Dynastar, K2, Line, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon and Volkl – who have shaved weight from alpine skis to give you something that will make the down worth the up.
The truth is, the line between alpine and backcountry skis continues to blur, and just about any ski mounted with a Dynafit binding is going to be light enough, depending on your end goal. But the following skis stand out as great backcountry tools that don’t skimp on the fun factor on the way down, each one making for a great in-bounds ski as well.
The Dalbello Lupo SP is a new boot with a burly hike-ski function and all the big mountain accouterments a manufacturer can pack into a ski boot.
Dalbello worked with one of their top athletes, Sean Pettit (hence the initials SP), to come up with a functioning narrow fit boot with durable rubber soles and an unlocking cuff for hiking terrain.
The Lupo is categorized as a 97 mm width ski boot, putting it in the narrow category. However, it’s a little roomier than others in the class once the Intuition liner is cooked to the foot.
Featuring a three-piece cabrio, design, the Lupo offers an alternative to the traditional two-piece four buckle boots which make up the majority of ski boots sold. The Lupo is all about performance on the whole mountain, and mostly for that matter off groomed trail.
Editor’s note: We’re taking a break from our regularly scheduled programing to take a look at a topic that’s generated a lot of questions and some confusion – different aftermarket ski boot liners. James, who has been writing many of the Bootfitter’s Notes blog posts, explains the differences between Injected Foam, Zipfit, World Cup and Intuition liners in this video:
Have any questions? Let us know in the comment section below, or send an email to Online@starthaus.com.
The Nordica Dobermann EDT 130 is one of the better boots in the test for the narrow-footed expert. Nordica has redesigned the Dobermann to be slightly roomier toe box, and with more space along the sixth toe* than in previous versions – but it still has the same Italian power and precision we’ve grown to know and love.
To clarify, there are a couple of Dobermann boots. This post is reviewing the Pro EDT, not to be confused with the World Cup. The World Cup uses a completely different mold and is for top level racers.
Tecnica has long been manufacturing some excellent expert caliber narrow fitting boots, and the R series is no different. The 9.8 has two flex options with Tecnica R9.8 130 and Tecnica R9.8 110.
The R9.8 can be categorized as a “race” boot – not a true FIS plug boot, but great for young racers and master racers alike – unlike the tighter true race boots with lasts between 93 and 95 mm.
The 130 flex option will be appropriate for expert men and charging women used to stiffer boots. The 110 flex will be a smart choice for smaller or shorter men, and most expert female skiers.