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Silly question: how tight should I buckle my boots?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I know I'm going to forget to ask Wally this when I go in for a fitting tweak tomorrow, so: how tight should I be buckling my custom boots?  I'm so used to cranking to too-large rentals I was using...

post #2 of 5

tight enough so that your foot doesnt; move.   This is different for everyone based on ski ability, need, and boot size, but the goal is the same.  no foot movement.

 

odds are if this is more then light pressure, your boots are too big/wide/long for you

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Actually, the boots fit well; my feet don't move at all even with them unbuckled.  Tomorrow's visit is to resolve some strange pressure thing going on with my outer arches. 

 

So they're snug unbuckled, and I don't know whether I need them to feel tighter when buckled.  I'm used to cranking the buckles down on oversized rentals.  But now I've thought about it enough that I may remember to ask him to demonstrate it for me.  Thanks!

post #4 of 5

The goal in all fitting of boots is to be closest to the shell as possible. This gives a chance for the last(see glossary) that the manufacturer uses matches your foot type. The more you buckle down the shell, this deforms the original configuration of the shell. So, snug without too much buckle is best.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks, JA.  Turns out I didn't get to the fitter yesterday because the sun was out and the snow was cold and it was all so fandamtastic I couldn't stop.  I think I got the buckles right--snugging the shells but not cranking down. 

 

Nice thing is that although my toes got cold I remembered someone saying the liners have to come out after skiing, and I didn't do that last weekend.  Pulled them out last night (wasn't as hard as I thought) and sure enough they were damp with condensation inside the shells.  Duh!

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