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Last time I went skiing in 2006(Winter Park), I used rentals and wound up with a very painful bruise right over my right ankle bone(I think it was the inside) on about the 3rd day of a 7day trip. I had never had this issue on the previous ski trips. There was no abrasion on the skin. There was no plastic protruding through the liner and everything felt pretty smooth. Not sure what could have caused it. The ski shop wasn't very helpful other than to put me in as many boots as possible to try to alleviate the issue. I would say my feet are pretty normal. I might have more boney than average ankles. I was a speedskater for 15 years and never had this issue, and those boots are torture. They are all carbon fiber and leather with minimal padding, but they are no moving parts like there are in ski boots.

 

I'm a pretty aggressive skier and enjoy moguls, glades, bowls...etc(my athletic ability exceeds my actual skill/technique.) I'm 5'4" 130lbs. I would up having to get a completely different model and put a lot of DIY padding around my ankle so the boot didn't touch it for the remainder that trip.

 

  • I have another trip coming up in February to Breckenridge and was thinking about buying a pair to hopefully avoid the scenario above. 
  • Do you have to wear in new boots?
  • What happens if you don't wear them in?
  • Are the possible complications of not wearing them in worse than what occurred above?
  • I have seen in a lot of posts that properly fit new boots should giver you no problems. Does that apply to people who ski a lot with feet who are used to ski boots or everyone including someone who hasn't skiid in 6 years?

 

Thanks,

 

Craig

 

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Originally Posted by csh8428 View Post

. I might have more boney than average ankles. I was a speedskater for 15 years and never had this issue, and those boots are torture. They are all carbon fiber and leather with minimal padding, but they are no moving parts like there are in ski boots.

 

  • I have another trip coming up in February to Breckenridge and was thinking about buying a pair to hopefully avoid the scenario above. 
  • Do you have to wear in new boots?
  • What happens if you don't wear them in?
  • Are the possible complications of not wearing them in worse than what occurred above?
  • I have seen in a lot of posts that properly fit new boots should giver you no problems. Does that apply to people who ski a lot with feet who are used to ski boots or everyone including someone who hasn't skiid in 6 years?

 



odds are you rental boots where too big, so you foot was either banging around and hitting the sides, or you had to crank the buckles, distort the shell shape to hold your foot in place.

 

new boots will take a few days to break in, pack out, and will start to become looser,  (just as a new speed skate takes some time) they should not feel pain, but might be tighter then you think they should be at first

 

best to just wear them for skiing,   trying to break them in, while walking around, is not using the right tool for the job.  I'm sure your speed skates where good for skating, but sucked for driving the car..

 

ski boots, can fit everyone well,  just find the right shop, and staff to help you.  This should take 60-90 minutes, and maybe a few trys for ree-fitting, and they should be both  meaureing, and asking a LOT of questions and LISTENING to the answers too.

post #3 of 6
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So... what I'm getting from that is that new (properly fitted) boots should not produce pain, but should just feel "tight" until they pack out?

post #4 of 6

yes  correct

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

yes  correct



ok.. so last question... at least in regard to your responses.

 

If YOU had not been skiing in 3 years and had the choice of skiing on brand new boots for a week long vacation vs rentals.

 

Which would you choose and why?

 

Thanks,

post #6 of 6

my own boots, hands down.

 

rentals are usually mid to large volume and medium to soft flex.  Neither works well for me.  PLus the liners are stretched out to 100's of other feet, that are not shaped the same as mine....

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