Gear Girl

Monday, January 19, 2009 1

Q: Does anyone make cross-country ski boots for wide feet?

Does anyone make cross-country ski boots in wide widths? Margaret Madison, Wisconsin

By: Question from: ,

Free Newsletters

Dispatch This week's featured articles, reviews, and videos. Sent twice weekly.
News From the Field The most important breaking news from around the Web. Sent daily.
Outside GOOur hottest adventure-travel tips and trips. Sent occasionally.
Outside Partners Outside-approved deals and special offers from select partners. Sent occasionally.

Subscribe
to Outside
Save Over
70%

Magazine Cover

iPad Outside+ App Access Now Included!

News

Apr 23, 2014

A:

The simple answer is: sort of. While I haven't found any companies that make boots in special wide widths, there are boots that fit women with wide feet, many of which can be custom molded.

Nordic ski boots also come in many flavors: recreational touring, recreational skating, competitive classic skiing, and competitive skating. Your best bet is to go to a specialty store so they can match your feet to a specific boot, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

In the recreational touring category, try Fischer's Comfort Cruiser (fischerskis.com). Designed for nature-loving newcomers to cross-country skiing, this book has a soft sole flex, more insulation, and a lot of flexibility, which means that wide feet work well in it.

Rossignol's X9FW ($229, rossignol.com) is an entry-level race-quality skate boot, built with an internal lacing system and a thermo-adjustable fit, so you can customize to your size.

In the serious skate or classical race category, try Salomon's Carbon Skate ($450, salomonsports.com) or Carbon Classic ($400). These two are World Cup worthy, and custom moldable to almost any foot size. But keep in mind, you’ll also need Salomon's special Pilot binding system.

Since you live in Wisconsin, I'd recommend taking a drive to Hayward, home of the American Birkebeiner ski race and New Moon Ski & Bike shop (newmoonski.com). The experts there will take one look at your foot and have you in the perfect boot in no time.

More at Outside

Next in Gear (121 of 135)

Can you recommend a small, feminine watch with an altimeter?

Read More »
Current Issue Outside Magazine

Subscribe and get a great deal! Two free Buyer's Guides plus a free GoLite Sport Bottle. Monthly delivery of Outside—your ultimate resource for today's active lifestyle. All that and big savings!

Free Newsletters

Dispatch This week's featured articles, reviews, and videos. Sent twice weekly.
News From the Field The most important breaking news from around the Web. Sent daily.
Gear of the Day The latest products, reviews, and editors' picks. Coming soon.
Outside Partners Outside-approved deals and special offers from select partners. Sent occasionally.

Ask a Question

Our gear experts await your outdoor-gear-related questions. Go ahead, ask them anything.

* We might edit your question for length or clarity. If it's not about gear, we'll just ignore it.