I only learned how to skate ski last year at Lake Placid ORDA, and am
very dedicated to getting better. Recently I had a chance to
participate in a NENSA clinic at the Von Trapps x country area in
Stowe, VT and get in a few good days in excellent conditions. My foot
size is not very wide but on the wide side (I take either a normal
size shoe or an EE, depending on the cut of the shoe). I'm 190 lbs, 6
ft tall and wear a Salomon Carbon skate boot which I got on sale
during the warmer months. I also use Superfeet skate boot inserts.
I have a very good awareness of body positioning, and it's hard to
explain, but I feel like my foot (and my thus my weight) is not
optimally centered over my skis, but rather a little off to the side
of the ski, and I'm wondering if this could be at all a function of
the Carbon boots and Pilot bindings, or is just an issue of technique
and flexibility (I would tend to think the latter, but again, I really
feel like my foot is just a little off where it should be). Someone
mentioned to me that many NNN boots have wider toe boxes (though if
NNN is just a binding, I don't know how this would affect boot width)
and that NNN bindings and a wider toe box might work better for me. I
should mention that the Carbon boots fit me like a glove, but I wear
them in a slightly larger size than I would usually take to get the
right volume fit. Again, it's hard to explain, but it just feels as
if the center of my foot is not over the center of the skis.
I'd appreciate any and all thoughts from more experienced skate
skiers. What do you think?