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Getting into my boots?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

OK, I had a new pair of Solomon 2011 X3 10 CS boots fitted up to my feet last spring by Jim Lindsey just prior to blowing my ACL.  They are very snug but ski extremely well.  I've only got 4-5 days on them, but a couple back to back.  I'm not finding fit problems (yet).


The problem is getting these things on and off.  If they are warm (above room temperature), no problem.  But otherwise, it is touch and go to see if I can actually lever the foot into the boot.  And there is so much friction getting the boot on, the sock folds my toes and it requires considerable wiggling and walking to get the sock to move sufficiently to get the toes uncompressed.


Yesterday, I couldn't get the left boot on at all.  I walked to the lodge in the right boot and left shoe and heated the boot under a hand dryer.  I still couldn't get the boot on.  Fortunately, there was a sure foot right there.  They heated the boot a bit (10 seconds), and voilla no problem getting it on.


So what to do?  I know folk who have plug race boots often have to take a heat gun with them to get their boots on and off.  I don't really like have to schlep all my stuff to the lodge to find an outlet to put the boots on.  What about a Hot Gear bag?  The X3 10 CS boot has a moldable shell; will the bag heat it too much and cause problems with the shell?


Any and all suggestions welcome.



post #2 of 8

hot gear bag, number one solution with no side effects on Salomon shell. ( keep the setting on medium or low ) and hot gear bag has produced a special insert to protect Fischer and Salomon heat moldable shells.


or have your liner adapted for laces. laces have been used on all plug boots for the last 5 years to make getting into and out of stiff race shells possible.



post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks Jim.  How do you get your liner adapted for laces?

post #4 of 8

some fitters have grommets and a leather punch tools to punch lace holes and install the grommets.


more than likely you need to take the liners in to a real old fashioned shoe repair place that can fashion lace holes on the liners. usually have to be closer to a larger city.



post #5 of 8



I'm glad to hear your knee is mended and you are skiing again. As to be expected, the starthaus advice is correct.


A boot that starts out warm, goes on easier, and stays warm longer.


It is also somewhat true that "The better a boot skis, the harder it is to get in and out of'.


Prepositions be damned.


The only things I can add are the importance of pulling the tongue of the boot to the outside, not forward, as most people do. And pulling the lower shell towards the inside.


There is also a  new product on the market called "EazyOn", a spray aimed primarily at plug boots, but it also works for retail boots.


If your drive to the area is more than a short distance the boots will get stiff in the trunk. And cold. 


Heated bag, passengers in the back, boots up front. Move to favorite ski area, get locker, ski Aspen Highlands, leave shoes at my shop.


Thanks to you and starthaus, best regards for the upcoming season.


Jim Lindsay





post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks Jim and Jim!  


BTW, Jim L, the boots are just about perfect!  Meaning that they are uncomfortable buckled standing in the liftline, but unnoticeable skiing.  A couple more days skiing in them and they will be perfect everywhere!  And no need to state that they are perfectly balanced.  To those who need a boot fitter in Colorado, Jim Lindsey is the best.


My ex-boss and I almost bought a nice condo at Highlands in January.  That deal fell through, even though all it was purportedly needing was the paperwork. Now I'm in a quandary of whether to buy a place or not, and whether it should be Aspen or Jackson.



Edited by habacomike - 11/8/11 at 9:05am
post #7 of 8

Try dry silicone spray. Make sure you by the Food grade otherwise your boots will smell like oil. Check out www.mastefitinc.com to buy it. You spray it into the liner and it usually last 3-7 days.


Jefffrey S. Rich C. Ped


post #8 of 8

second the motion, easy on spray. slippery stuff that is ok for you and the enviorment.



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