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    I went boot shopping with a mate who has a short, pronated foot with a very wide forefoot, especially the lateral (outer) border around the fifth metatarsal. Last year he had a lot of pain in this region and is determined not to repeat the experience.

    I've made him some full length softer EVA orthoses but the main question is there particular brands better for this wide forefoot?

    He tried on Head (X10) and Technica and these were quite good. Both were 26.5 in size.

    He was most comfortable with the orthoses in as it prevented the medial arch pain and pressure from the boot and reduced the forefoot abduction (which accompanies pronation thereby making the forefoot width problem).

    Any thoughts on boot brands / models?

    Thanks.

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    atomic...
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    Dalbello Proton P8. I just bought these myself as I have a very broad foot.
    Hope this helps.

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    The good thing about the protons is they are not too wide at the heel, so no heel lift.

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    Atomic "B" series are wider than Dalbello, unless Dalbello have changed recently, Dalbello are also softer flexing shells that suit less advanced skiers unless you are getting up into the Krypton range.

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    Atomic B series are very good, skied B9s for two seasons before Richard Mould got me into Lange Comp 100's. Nice wide forefoot, but still have a tight heel pocket for excellent heel hold. Wide shouldn't mean a sloppy bucket on the foot.
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    Heel cups are easy to shrink if required, but most people I know in B series boots haven't needed it, I think I have only had to do it about 3 times so far.
    Lange Comp boots are very narrow, I am surprised you were in a B series at any stage.

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    The difference between being fitted by a shop assistant (Adlers when they were in Thredbo) and beig fitted by an experienced boot fitter (Richard Mould at Eiger in Jindabyne). Not saying that Adler's don't have good bootfitters, its just that I lucked out when I bought the B9's.

    Originally Richard had made a footbed for my B9's to address some foot arch pain in 2005. My level of skiing was progressing in leaps and bounds (doing SLAP two years running in 2005 and 2006). I was having difficulty in tighening a turn mid carve because the front of my foot would move a little in the front of my boots before I could put more pressure on the inside edge of my skis.

    In 2006 I went back to Richard, who said that he could build up the footbed to effectively reduce the width of the boot, but basically I was in a boot that was too wide for me. We went through the shell fit process and it came down to Salomon (IRRC X-Waves) and Lange Comp 100's. The Lange's were definately the tighter fit; like a firm handshake across the whole foot (toe cap excepted), but not uncomfortably so. I went with the Langes and a new custom footbed and now with about 40 days in them, couldn't be happier.

    I am now supprised how I skiied in the B9's as they were definately slippers compared to the Langes, but that said, I never had a problem with heel lift.
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    podski,

    Rednut has it in one.

    I have a high arch and a wide forefoot. I went for a fitting at Jindy sport and the guy there (who was great, but I can't remember his name) checked out my feet, leg length etc, then said "you need the atomic B90, don't let anyone sell you anything else, but we don't stock it, so you'll need to go elsewhere!" How's that for an excellent bootfitter!!!!

    I'm a girl, if that makes any diff.

    I had a custom footbed made for them, and I have never, ever ever felt discomfort (apart from being a bit cold in minus 15 in Japan). Ski boots are clunky to walk in, but apart from that fact, these boots are just like apres boots, snug and comfy...

    I highly recommend them.

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    Yep another one with wide feet here. Only boot that came close to fitting were the Atomic B series.
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