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Breaking in a Boot Liner w/ Custom Footbed

post #1 of 5
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I just got back from DC were I had a custom footbed made for my new Atomic R11's.

Normally, I would have a period of time to wear the boots around the house and break in the liner before skiing in the new boots, but that was not the case this time as I headed staight up to Killington to get some turns in.

Obviously, the boots felt a little different on the snow and with the custom liners in, and were much more snugg than in the shop. I am thinking about having the foot support shaved down a bit, but before I do I want to pack out the liner a little bit more.

Will heating up the liner with a hair dryer cause any damage to the custom footbed, or should I remove it and replace it with the generic Surefoot inserts I have in my old boots?

Also, I went with the Atomics over the Salomons because of the narrower heel pocket, but I really liked the Salomon adjustable instep buckle. I am thinking of having the buckle re-riveted to a similar position on the Atomics (more diagonal over the instep than perpendicular to the length of the foot). Can anyone reommend a shop that could do a good job at this? A shop somewhere in south central Vermont would be preferable, as I will be headed there 2 out the next 3 weekends.

Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 5
I'm not sure I understand your question, however, I would not use a hairdryer to heat any boot component. Did the boot feel okay in the shop?

I do a new foam liner every year due to 150 or more days per year on snow. Some years I have a high spot in the liner that needs "adjusted" however I try to wait it out a day or two until the liner packs out.

Crank down the buckles at the house for thiry minutes at a time for two or three days. That usually does it for me.One other option is to wear the boot on a cold enough day skiing and if your feet are numb you won't feel any pain!
post #3 of 5
That's an easy do it yourself job. Drill out the rivet, and use a t-nut and bolt from a hardware store to replace the buckle. If you don't like it, it's easy to put it back to its original position. Drill the new hole at least 3 diameters away from the old hole, and be careful not to create interference with the upper buckle when you reposition it.
BTW, what effect does repositioning the buckle have? Does it create more room over the instep? What difference do you notice when the buckle is repositioned?
post #4 of 5
I can suggest "Sarting Gate" for boot fitting and mechanics. They have had good technicians in their well equiped shop. Each season brings new faces however. Located on VT rt 30 just south of the entrance to Stratton. (Bondville VT) The have the ATOMIC line as well. Call ahead for an appointment, or you may be stuck in line. They have expressed a committment to their present customers if in competition for time.

GMOL is at Stratton Village and Greg is a very capable boot fitter.

Expect to pay by the hour.

Liners Can be "worked hot". I would not risk custom foot beds to excessive heat however.

My own boot liners have been heated and then beaten with a hammer over a dolly to "thin" a seam where two materials where joined "inside" in the heel area. It took several repeats of the process, but I am pleased with the results. I thought I would develope bone spurs if left unattended.

When first fitting efforts began, the initial activity was to put hot air gun heated "hot liners" in the boots, and then quickly put on the boots, Properly buckled, top down! Pull up on the liner and Get your heel into that pocket! These are not "Heat fit" liners, just the standardd Head items

Walk the boots cool.

I have even gone so far as to place my Shells in our hottest tap water to "soften, then put in warmed liners, put them on and walk about the house till cool. This can work with tight shells, or to speed up the packing out process.

I am working on a process to put the boots on and place feet and all in the microwave for a few minutes to warm everything up Disclaimer!

I have noted that removing the liners each time after use tends to bulk up the liners a bit and provides a snugger liner fit at least for the next morning. By noon, they are all packed to normal again however. This helps a lot with early AM coldness as well. (patrol is on the hill at 7:30)

I am running very thin liners at present. In some places (base of big toe) the outer fabric has been cut away along with the "cushion material" (foam).

Perhaps this helps

post #5 of 5
Breaking in? For the first 1000 miles:

- Don't exceed 4500 rpm
- Don't slam on brakes
- Vary your speeds
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