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Best Ski Touring Boots for Wide Feet

Its the rarest combination. Trying to get your wide feet into a ski boot that will allow you to go and explore the backcountry.

So what are your options? 

Here are the best choices for ski touring boots that have wide lasts and high volumes to suit your wide feet. But first...
There are three things you must consider before selecting a boot:

1. Shape, size and volume of your feet. The ultimate goal is to achieve a close but not constricted fit. The better you can match the boot last shape to your feet, the easier it will naturally sit inside the boot and be able to manage some constriction.

2. Support your foot with a footbed- It will prevent pronation and secure you inside the boot into the best position. Also it will prevent foot fatigue that is associated with striding on the skin track.

3. Is there a need to stretch or alter the boots fit to expand to your foot buckets? This can play a big part into your boot choice and some will even have easy customization with 'custom shell molding' ability.

Wide Touring Boots

- Dynafit Radical

The best out of the box wide available for ski touring. With a 104mm last it is basically ready to go into the backcountry right away. Generous fit and great well thought out design from Dynafit. Not the most powerful boot downhill wise, but a fantastic construction and likely a great blend for you to get into some ski touring.

- Dynafit Vulcan

With a 103mm last and at only 1615g, this boot is a serious contender. It features a whopping 60 degrees Range of Motion when in hike mode so tons of freedom for the skinning. It is made up from Pebax plastic which is super light and has some great skiability. It is a true touring boot and only compatable with pin bindings.  The only downfall of this boot can be its tapered toebox in the front so can feel a little constricted for squarer toes.

- Dalbello Lupo AX

Now even though this is listed at a medium 100mm last, what makes this boot a great choice is the instep height and and last shape. nice space for the big toe and a natural set back curvature through the 5th met really settles in nicely. The removable tongue saves weight and produces a huge ROM of 62 degrees. The instant fit liner molds really quicky and this boot can be stretched really well if you need more space through the midfoot.

- Scarpa Maestrale

With a 101mm last this boot is a favourite of many of the heavier set ski tourers as it skis well, tours great and can be stretched well for width. Made with Grilamid and Carbon, it is super light but still offers good lateral power. A great wider fitting forefoot shape gives relief and space to settle in with. 60 degrees of ROM, Solid flex, Intuition liner and 3 well placed buckles offer good security when buckled.

- Atomic Hawx Ulta XTD

Now this one does begin quite narrow overall, but what makes it unreal is how much it can mold and expand. The Memory Fit system allows this boot to expand up to about 6mm wider than its original shape simply by heating in the oven. Although not the highest in regards to the instep, but if you are just wide up front it will easily mold out to your foot without worrying about the need to do a bunch of punching or stretching. 1580g and a solid alpine boot feel, this is a great boot.

- Fischer Transalp or Transalp Vacuum

Two options to look at from Fischer. The Transalp Thermoshape starts out nice and wide with a 102mm last. Robust construction and extra light, it is a perfect hybrid design that really shines through. 1720 g and a full PU construction means it weighs hardly anything for PU but also stretches well if required. Then we have the Vacuum version. Although starting out a bit narrower at 97 - this boot can mold out to a 107mm last!! Super lightweight and maleable it is 1550g and once molded, it is ready for the backcountry missions.

(Fischer bonus- If you want to have a boot that's burlier, and your not needing tech inserts also look at the Ranger Vacuum.)

- Rossignol Track

If your happy to ski with a bit extra weight and just want a boot to fit. The track can be great balance. With a great 104mm last and generous instep volume, this boot will be a choice for the super wide. It has WTR soles as an option and a hike mode on the cuff. It will provide resort style skiing response and a great flex for the heavier skier. Only down side is no tech inserts so will require a frame touring binding.

And there you go, my top picks for finding a touring boot that can help solve your foot pain issues. Get out in the backcountry, earn those turns and enjoy the pow.

- Rossignol Track

If you want a footbed to go with your new boots that are perfect for ski touring, check out the Mahogany  model footbed. You will love them!! 

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Ski Boots with Heat Moldable Plastic Shells

Heat molding is no longer just for ski boot liners!

In recent years, technology has advanced the plastics being used in ski boot shell construction. So much so, that now there is the possibility to completely reshape a boot to suit the unique shape of your foot with heat moldable plastic.

Traditionally, reshaping of a ski boot would require a boot fitter with the necessary skills and equipment to manually stretch and punch the shape into the boot.

Now it can be done with these certain moldable ski boots quite easily. The process is done by heating the plastic shell in a convection oven until it becomes warm and malleable. (usually 10mins at 80*C) You then stand in the boot until its cools down and sets to the shape of your foot.

There are a few brands that currently offer this technology in their ski boots. Let's take a look at them:


First on the scene with this technology was Salomon with their patented Kaprolene "Custom Shell". This Kaprolene is injected into certain areas of the shell. It began just in the forefoot and now has evolved to surrounding the whole foot and ankle area. Even some on the top of the cuff for molding for big calf muscles 

Custom Shell is available in these Boots: 

Quest Pro
Quest Max


Atomic has developed Memory Fit, which is a very similar concept and system to Salomon's. They have stepped it up a notch by featuring this Memory Fit in their super high performance race boot line. It is featured in these boots:

Redster FIS
Redster Pro
Hawx Magna


Form Fit is Heads latest technology. They include this in their new line of Freeski boots- The Hammer and The Thrasher which are a 3 piece design. Also the All Mtn. series with the Vector. As well as the wide fitting Advant Edge series that opens up great fitting options for the wide feet.

Advant Edge


Fischers moldable boots have been around for several years now with their Vacuum Fit boot offerings. This "Vacu Plast" offers a highly customisable fitting option by heating the boot shell and then using vacuum to reshape and adjust the shell to suit your needs. Nearly every aspect of these boots are moldable including setting the forward lean.

Offering a boad range of vacuum boot offerings with everything from their Race, high performance carve, all mtn and even touring boots.

RC4 Race
RC4 Performance



The newest on the scene is Dalbello with their MyFit system. Which molds the boots shell in 8 minutes and the liners as quick as 4 minutes. A great choice as it combines the great fit of Contour 4 with its targeted shape for common pressure points and now with MyFit will allow many feet to be happy wearing Dalbellos. 

IL Moro


K2 has joined the heat molding game with their FitLogix custom thermo shell technology which gives outstanding moldability and options for altering the fit.

Covering nearly their entire offering, there is some amazing ski boots being produced by K2 and now they are even more capable of offering a true custom fit. 


So these boots are all great options for skiers looking for a customized fit. Although they are very moldable, it is not a one size fits all. The appropriate boot shell and size will still need to be selected and then molded to suit.

Also a fantastic option for those with some irregularities to their feet in the fact that they can be easily changed to suit these lumps and bumps without having to get any specialty punching or stretch bootfitting done.

If you have any questions, let me know!



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The Best Ski Boots for Narrow Feet. Period!

If you are someone that has narrow feet and struggles to find ski boots that secure your heel, lock in your forefoot or support your skinny legs, here is a rundown on the 6 best narrow lasted all mtn ski boots.

Now traditionally you may have been forced to wear a cold stiff narrow race boot to get the right fit.

But if your not a ski racer, ski boots have made great advancements for getting a nice comfortable fit for even the narrowest of feet. The boots in this list have been chosen as they combine narrow last widths, while still providing great performance. These are the best narrow boots for you to grow with and progress your skiing. There are also the same models available in women's ski boots.

The first thing you want to make sure is that you actually do have a narrow foot. It will be helpful for you to know your foot length, width, instep height and shape. Watch these two videos to be entirely clear on your feets dimensions and how they relate to the size of a ski boot.

Measure your feet for ski boots

Ski boot sizing

Then we can look at which boots will be best to suit your feet.

- Nordica GPX

A new boot from nordica in 2016, it has an exceptional amount of foot hold. A 98mm last which is fairly straight down the medial side and the stance and geometry of a race boot. This boot has an amazing liner featuring some of Nordicas new "cork fit" material to give a fantastic heel hold while also providing warmth buy being insulated with Primaloft. Incredible narrow ski boot!

- Lange RX (lv)


Langes 98mm (LV- low volume) offering the RX has been a staple of the last couple of years for narrow feet. It is based from the mold of the most winning race boot (the RS) but has a softer liner, shock absorbing zeppa and more forgiving plastic for flex. This boot is an incredible choice for the all mtn skier that needs a snug boot and upright stance. 

- Salomon X-max

Versatile! This narrow boot option can be great for anyone that has a skinny heel or leg but wider forefoot. Or someone that may have lumps and bumps on their foot. Why? The custom shell process allows this boot to mold to the shape of the foot without manually stretching. (Just by heating in an oven!) It stands on its own as a great 98mm narrow boot, but with this extra level of easily adapting to many types and shapes of narrow feet it is a phenomenon. 

- Rossignol Allspeed Elite

A lightweight, race inspired, powerful ski boot. This offering from provides a great narrow fit. A good option for those with a prominent big toe due to the toebox shape. It features a low profile liner insulated with Thinsulate and gives a feeling of closeness to the foot for great feel and response. With a large booster style power strap and mono injected boot shell, this boot is a weapon.

- Atomic Redster Pro

Narrow, low instep height, Stacked with Features!! This boot from Atomic is essentially just like their race boot FIS line. It has a carbon spine, 2 boot boards, double power strap, Memory fit moldable plastic and the ability to rotate the cuff. This boot lets you customize nearly every aspect to suit whatever style of skiing you will be doing! Also with a Thinsulate liner it is a great comfortable and powerful narrow boot option.

- Full Tilt Classic

For the Park and Freeskiers, The Classic from full tilt is just that. The classic 99mm shell is an awesome narrow last and tapered toebox. This year they have swapped the liner to a tongued Intuition rather than the wrap liner. This improves the fit for narrow feet and gives a bit faster power transfer. Easily the best narrow option in the 3 piece market and has the ability to alter the setup quickly and easily!

 Now the key to finding the right boot for you is to also match the shape and size of your foot to the boot. Be sure to watch the video series on Ski Boot Shell fitting Here

 Also make sure you get your copy of Patriots - Ski Boot Buying Guide.

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5 Best ski boots for wide feet (2019)

If you are someone that has wide feet and struggles to find ski boots that are comfortable, here is a rundown on the 5 best wide lasted ski boots.
Now these boots have been chosen as they combine wide last widths, while still providing great performance. There are other wide boots available in the beginner to intermediate category but these are the best wide boots for you to grow with and progress your skiing. There are also the same models available in women's boots.

The first thing you want to make sure is that you actually do have a wide foot. It will be helpful for you to know your foot length, width, instep height and shape. Watch these two videos to be entirely clear on your feets dimensions and how they relate to the size of a ski boot.

Measure your feet for ski boots

Ski boot sizing


Then we can look at which boots will be best to suit your wide feet.

1. Atomic Hawx Magna

One of the best options for wide feet out there is the Hawx Magna. A generous fit in volume, this boot has a fantastic anatomical last shape and liner specially designed for wide feet. Even though only listed at 102mm last, the beauty of this boot is that it features Atomic's Memory Fit. This allows the boot to expand further in width after heating the plastic for 5 mins at 117 degrees. A great combination of performance and adaptability.


2. K2 B.F.C

The B.F.C is exactly like its Acronym. Built For Comfort! With a nice 103mm last and broad open toebox coimbined with their CushFit liner provides an instantly comfortable feel. With a moldable TPU shell, you can also expand this boot further when necessary and the softer plastic over the instep helps in getting in and out of the boot with ease. The low cuff height on this boot is also a win for those with bigger calfs.


3. Head Advant Edge

A serious contender in this wide fit category the Advant Edge from Head. It is another solid skiing, well fitting customisable ski boot. Featuring Form Fit technology, this boot can also be heat molded to gain more space if required. It begins with a high volume 2100cc /102mm last and can expand easily. Stacked with features this is a well thought out, great option to try on.


4. Rossignol Track 130

This boot from Rossignol comes out of the gate with a broad 104 last. It is a boot that has a great volume and shape for wider feet. Without too many extra frills, it is a straight up wider boot with all solid features and construction. The sensor matrix shell saves a bit of weight and the solid flex rating ensures great performance for the heavier skier or aggressive wider foot skier. Walk mode also helps in getting through the car park! 


5. Salomon X-Pro

So these boots start with a mid fitting type last, the great thing for wide feet is the outstanding ability to mold to fit wider feet with the Custom Shell plastic (Kaprolene). Starting at a 100mm last with 10 mins of heating this boots expands out up to a 106mm last. I have seen great results with getting this boot to fit extremely wide feet and has a generous instep height aswell. Great for anyone with a narrower heel but wider forefoot only.


(BONUS)-Atomic LF (livefit)

As an extra option is the Atomic Live fit. And this is a boot that can instantly adapt to your extra wide feet. Truly a fantastic choice for a comfort boot. This boot has been scaled back this year and why it has been bumped from the list. It now tops out at a 100 flex option as the top of this line.(previously had a 130 flex) Which is still great for the intermediate skier, yet may leave more aggressive or heavier skiers searching for more.
The biggest trait of this boot is the live fit zones on either side of the forefoot. This allows the wider forefoot to fit in the boot without being compressed. The first and fifth metatarsal will expand into this rubberised live fit zone.
With a last of 104 plus live fit and a square toe box, this is an amazing boot for wide feet. Also there is a flat shim in the base that can be easily removed for an extra 2mm of height.


With all these boots in mind, it is best to check your feet within the ski boots shells to make sure the size of length and width will work for you.

(See how to shell fit here)

Even with these wider boots, some people will still require their boots to be stretched in order to fit their extremely wide feet.

*This post has been updated to stay relevant for the current year of ski boot releases. (11/30/2016)

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How far away are we from 3D printed ski boots?

With technology expanding at an exponential rate, it seems that it is only an inevitability that manufacturing will be greatly disrupted. One thing that interests me in this field is the potential to get a completely custom ski boot printed out for you at home.

Ski boots have been relatively unchanged in shapes for a long while. This is due to the fact that producing a plastic injection mold for ski boot shells and cuffs is expensive. The brands want to make the money back on their investment and usually run a single mold for years whilst changing some features on the boot, rather than creating a new shape.

This is where additive manufacturing might be able to dramatically change the landscape of how ski boots are both produced and designed. Already 3d printing is used in the manufacture of prototypes before moving into the higher cost mold tooling. It seems the only thing holding printed boots back from existing right now is being able to print with high performance plastics. As soon as this becomes available, I think it will allow a whole wave of new design possibilities. Also the ability to build a boot around a foot scan.

I am not the only one who is thinking this way about the future of ski boots. At the recent ISPO in Germany a 3d printed prototype ski boot was displayed made from a laser sintering process using a material called Windform SP. Designed by Austrian Franz Egger, the boot seems to be also working with some original stance geometry. The boot certainly looks the part but it is hard to say if the material will perform on snow with a good flex or withstand the elements. 

Check out the boot here:----

It is a great step forward however and I am excited to see how it progresses. It really is only the beginning and I plan to not only follow this subject in depth, but also be involved. As 3d printers become cheaper, they will surely be a household item to produce your own parts for nearly everything you need. Currently nearly every city will have a 3d printer somewhere for which you can send your files in to  be produced for a fairly low cost.

Within 5-10 years I think we can expect to be printing at home and viewing this in a whole different light. Will the current boot makers lead the charge? Or will designers and bootfitters be faster to adopt this?  We can only wait and see.

Here is a peek at some of the 3d printing I have been doing to develop a new type of ski boot.  :)

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