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 Seven Summits
The new Seven Summits is boot is maybe the spacious touring boot you have been waiting for! With a 104.5mm last and at only 1520g, 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. With solid features like the Ultra Lock 2.0 closure system and cable extended buckles. Built with a solid PU shell and a lightweight Marfran cuff they provide a progressive flex and good ski performance. Also with a Custom Ready liner for comfort right away and good insulation. The Seven Summits is a boot you should try on your feet!
Another seriously great touring boot that fits wide is the Scott Cosmos. This provides a great internal volume and a 103.5mm last. The Grilamid plastic keeps it lightweight and the progressive tongue within an over cuff design makes sure it still skis well down the steeps. Locking in and out of ski/hike with a full metal hook connection, it is dependable in transition between skinning and skiing. 60 degress of cuff mobility gives a heap of freedom.
- Dynafit Hoji Pro
Lightweight, Efficient and burly enough for solid skiing, the Hoji Pro boots are one of the best out of the box wide available for ski touring. With a 103.5mm last it is basically ready to go into the backcountry right away. Generous fit and great well thought out design from Dynafit. Built to withstand the free ride terrain that Eric puts them through, they are a solid construction and at 1450g, likely one of the most solid skiing and easy transitioning boots blend for you to get into some ski touring.
- Dalbello Lupo MX
New for 2022, Dalbello will add a wider 102mm lasted Lupo MX. Same great construction and skiability, but now even more volume for wide feet. 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 67 degrees. The ID touring liner molds really quicky and this boot can be stretched really well if you need more space through the midfoot.
Full Tilt Ascendant SC
The Ascendent SC has a wider 102mm last width, which makes it ideal for those with higher volume feet and needing a bit more space up front.
One of the best options in the 3 piece style of boots, the ribbed tongue allows for a smooth progressive flex. This model comes with a stiff 120 flex tongue which makes it perfect for those looking for response and performance in the most technical terrain and generally more of that freeride style..
Salomon Shift AT
Another in the moldable range, the new Shift boot from Salomon is both comfortable and very conformable. With its low stance height, seamless liner, lightweight construction and great skiing feel. This boot should be on your radar.
- 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. The new Maestrale is made with Pebax Rnew plant based plastic, 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.
Fischer Ranger One - HV
A great choice with a robust construction and still nice and light, it is a perfect hybrid design that really shines through. At about 1850 g it is not as light as some of the competitors, but they ski as well as any alpine boot through resort and BC adventures.
- Atomic Hawx Prime XTD
Now this one does begin quite of a medium fit 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.
- 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.
If you want a footbed to go with your new boots that are perfect for ski touring, check out the Mahoganymodel footbed. You will love them!!
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 5 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.
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.
Then we can look at which boots will be best to suit your feet.
- Nordica ProMachine
A great boot from Nordica, 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" 3d liner to give a fantastic heel hold while also providing warmth buy being insulated with Primaloft. Incredible narrow ski boot!
- K2 Recon (lv)
K2's 98mm (LV- low volume) offering is a fantastic boot with a great shape for feet to settle into and heat moldable shell and liner for easy customisation. With a carbon "Y" spine is has excellent power transfer, yet remains so lightweight it feels like a touring boot, but skis more like a race boot.
- Salomon SMax
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 HD 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.
This boot is a really solid option with its lightweight construction, forefoot reinforcement and seamless liner, it is responsive and feels great!
- Tecnica Mach 1 LV
A lightweight, race inspired, powerful ski boot. This offering from Tecnica provides a great narrow fit. A good option for those with a prominent big toe due to the toebox shape. It features Tecnica C.A.S fitting system for a lot of custom fitting options to liner and shell. The liner itself gives a feeling of closeness to the foot for great feel and response. With a new T-Drive spine for great cuff to shell power transfer, this boot is a weapon.
- Fischer RC4 the Curv
Narrow, low instep height, Stacked with Features!! This boot from Fischer is essentially just like their race boot FIS line. It has an adjustable forward lean, Vaccum fit moldable plastic and the ability to make a lot of adjustments This boot lets you customize nearly every aspect to suit whatever style of skiing you will be doing! Also with a lace up liner, it is a great comfortable and powerful narrow boot option.
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.