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Is it possible to make boots with diff sole lengths interchangable?

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My 16yo daughter will have two pairs of ski boots in similar sizes but different sole lengths (283mm Lange Jr Comp 80 vs. 277mm Full Tilt Soul Sister). The goal is to make these boots interchangable with the skis that she'll be using (there are several pairs between competitions and freeskiing). Any suggestion on what to do? Or, is it not feasible and they have to be dedicated? Boot experts, please also feel free to chime in.

post #2 of 7

Short answer no.
 

Long answer, if you have DEMO bindings you can easily switch between boots.
With regular bindings, assuming that the heel piece has enough play, it is possible to switch between boots but you need to adjust the back one with a screwdriver in order to maintaing the correct pressure. 6mm of difference is usually not a problem this way but the heel piece needs to be placed correctly to accomodate both.
 

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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post

My 16yo daughter will have two pairs of ski boots in similar sizes but different sole lengths (283mm Lange Jr Comp 80 vs. 277mm Full Tilt Soul Sister). The goal is to make these boots interchangable with the skis that she'll be using (there are several pairs between competitions and freeskiing). Any suggestion on what to do? Or, is it not feasible and they have to be dedicated? Boot experts, please also feel free to chime in.

 

Why 2 pair of boots?  Seems very bizzare.  If you are in a situation where she is competing at high enough levels that she uses 2 different types of boots (example racing tech events vs. speed events), then fair enough, but if that were the case you wouldnt be asking this question...further, you would have different skis for different events, to go with the different boots.....so no cross over issue would exist.  Further some use a comfyier boot for say teaching then racing...but again, they dont teach in the race skis either, so again, no issue.

post #4 of 7

6mm is an easy adjustment. Most bindings go AT LEAST 10mm each way if they are set dead center on the initial mount. Just make sure you have a good screwdriver.

 

Also, why two pairs of boots? I'd stick with one, even if one pair is a race pair. I freeski 50% of the time and race or race train the other half and I'm always in my Lange 140s. Yea, it sucks to lace up on a freeskiing day, but it's well worth it. Having to adjust to two pairs of boots is just a pain in the ass. To the point where I really don't even use my lower flext boots for speed anymore.

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Perhaps this thread provides more background info to why two pairs of boots. It's the cross-discipline that is causing the complication.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114670/opinion-on-boots-for-general-use-race-boots-or-full-tilt-upright

 

Oh, I keep the two threads separated because they are actually two separate question (although related).

post #6 of 7

Well, simply to put it here is no way to make one boot bigger sole length wise or one way to make em smaller. Just have a screwdriver handy and get familiar with what a properly set (forward pressure wise) binding looks like.

post #7 of 7

The more precise answer is that there is no exactly safe way to do it.  

 

Otherwise, if you were stuck on the top of a mountain hut with assasins coming after you, and you had your trusty dremel tool and attachments, you could make it work...As other people said, otherwise you may be able to do it with binding adjustments, and  you might need to take the full 6mm off, considering there are tolerances in play.

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