I havent seen anything shorter than the 8-1/2. I am in a similar predicament as you. Only I am trying to decide betwen 8-1/2 & 10-1/2. I was able to but a BFR 10 next to a XVR 8-1/2. In wasnt much help to me. Good luck finding a couple of XVR's in a store together. Maybe a BPS, Cabelas, or Gander Mtn.
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