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.
Then we can look at which boots will be best to suit your wide feet.
1. Tecnica Ten.2 HVL
Firstly we can look at the boot with the widest last on the market. That is the Tecnica Ten 2 HVL. It is available in two flexes (100,120) and has whopping 106mm last. A feature of Quick Instep MAX allows great height over the instep and ease of entry. For big and wide feet it may well be the best option for instant comfort.
2. Atomic Hawx Magna
Next option for wide feet 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.
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. Dalbello Blender/Boss
This boot although only being a 103 last boot has its benefit with its volume and shape for wider feet. It is also the best wide fitting option if you are looking for a cabrio design 3 piece boot. Available with either a stock or intuition liner, it is a great boot for wider footed freeskiers.
5. Salomon X-Pro/ Quest 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.
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)