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WHAT IS GOOD FIT?
We at Montrail have learned a good deal about fit and fitting since we began making outdoor footwear in the early 1980’s. We have studied and referenced volumes of biomechanical literature from the most prestigious journals and from the most knowledgeable scientists and practitioners in the field. But most importantly, we have learned through the experience of building new designs concepts and testing them on running 100-mile races, backpacking across continents, and climbing the most remote peaks of the world. Simply stated, fit is the most important aspect of the product to us.
Good fit. Good fit is more than just comfort (although comfort is critical), it is having a shoe or boot that allows you to perform your best, most efficiently, most powerfully, and most comfortably. When the shape of the shoe matches the shape of the foot, when the body’s biomechanical needs are met, when the foot is supported, cushioned, padded, and secured appropriately for the activity, then that is good fit.
The IntegraFit® last (the last is the foot shaped form that a shoe or boot is built around) is Montrail’s solution to providing a good fit through design. IntegraFit® lasts are designed using a database of 800,000 pairs of digitally scanned feet. With the data, we can draw an accurate picture of the population’s feet: how they change with size (length), whose feet are fat, whose are skinny, and just about everything else we need to know about foot shapes and measurements. The standard IntegraFit® last is designed to fit up to 80% of the population.
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HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOU
The Montrail Fit System (MFS) has several steps that will lead you to a good fit. You can follow these steps on your own or with the aid of a shoe fitting professional at your better specialty retail stores. Note: The process printed here is a streamlined version of the full MFS fitting process. This is a minimal process and is not intended as a replacement or equal process to a good professional fitting.
Step 1. Foot type evaluation
This is a visual assessment that can be done either with the aid of a mirror or simply by looking down at your feet.
Step 2. Measure size
The Brannock™ device is the standard tool and reference for measuring feet. Using this device is the best way to create a baseline measurement for choosing the correct size shoe or boot. Note that sizing will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and even from model to model within the same manufacturer. Generally, it is the job of the professional fitter to learn how different footwear correlates to the Brannock™ standard. However, the try-on process is ultimately the best method of determining a correctly fitting shoe or boot.
Measure overall length and width
Note the girth (volume) of the foot. Is it slender, bony, thick?
Step 3. Try-on and Testing
This is the step where you make use of the foot assessment and get into the proper-sized shoe. This step has two objectives:
Choose two or three models within your chosen category that most accurately match your foot type and size. Remember to make adjustments for manufacturer and model deviations from the Brannock™ device.
With the winning pair selected, proceed to fit the shoe or boot.