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Binding/boot combo for rider with very high instep

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Any recommendations for a rider with a very high instep?

He will probably need a custom footbed on the sole side.

But he had alot of pain on his instep last time he was boarding.

Has mom's side of the family for his feet.  If he tightens the

instep strap for control he ends up in agony.

Of course it didn't keep him out of the trees or stop him

from using most features, moguls and lips to find air.

Thanks

post #2 of 8

He's going to need to try a lot of boots to find one that a bootfitter can work with and then need a footbed.

post #3 of 8

What rusty said.

 

As far as bindings go.  Just get ones that fit his boot.  Preference for stiffer or more flexible ones are all up to him.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post

What rusty said.

 

As far as bindings go.  Just get ones that fit his boot.  Preference for stiffer or more flexible ones are all up to him.



One fitter suggested trying Flow bindings.....

 

post #5 of 8

I have high insteps. What works for me (well, at least for one of my feet) is Salomon Synapse Wide boots. Salomon makes two models in wide sizes -- the Synapse is the stiffer model and the other is has a softer flex. (I think it's the Dialogue, but don't hold me to that.)

 

Also, I have Flow bindings and like them a lot. It can take a bit of work tweaking the Flow bindings to get them just right, but once you've got it, you're done. And it'd not like straps where you might get it just right on one run, then have pain the next time. I know exactly what you're saying about tightening traditional strap bindings enough for control leading to agony (and not tightening them enough leads to lack of control, at least for me).

 

I mention "at least for one of my feet" because I have still have a problem with one foot (my lead foot). I've finally come to the conclusion that I need different size boots for each foot (I'll still go with the Synapse Wides). So next year I'll be the guy on the hill rocking two different boots.

post #6 of 8

Flow makes some very good bindings.  You want to go with their higher end models though.  Just from a performance standpoint, they are much better.  I do the dealer demo days at Loveland every year, and I take out several different bindings.  Flows consistently rate as some of the best I take for a test drive. 

 

The biggest drawback with them is if you have an equipment malfunction.  It's hard to get replacement parts to make them work for you when you are on the hill.  If you break a ladder on strap bindings, you can usually Frankenstein something together at the shop on the hill to make them work.  With Flow, it's a lot harder to pull that off, unless the shop carries Flow bindings.  Just something to be aware of.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all for the replys.

And for the tips on the wider Salomon boots.

Yes, i would steer him towards the higher performance

Flows.  One other question brought about from Killclimbz

response..... do Flows have any greater malfunction rates?

post #8 of 8

Overall they are pretty much the same as regular bindings.  Just harder to do the on the hill fix with.  4-5 years ago, they had a problem with one of their suppliers who used sub standard materials for their ladders.  Tons of problems with Flow that year, and they got a bad rep from it.  It was a problem though.  That has been fixed since that incident and their stuff is solid.  That same problem has happened to Burton, Tech9 and others too.  So it's not like they were being idiots or something.  Happens to the best, as most materials and parts for bindings have to be outsourced.

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