Originally Posted by Avic
Right so I've just been out on the skis and I can confirm it is the inside edges thatm are catching. So if its a alignment problem is there a way of confirming this for sure? One thing worth mentioning is that as one of my feet seems slightly small for my boot I took out the custom foot bed and replaced it with the original the boot came with which seems to have helped a bit as the there is now slightly more space in the boot. Would this effect alignment?
Cautionary note - this is the internet and everyone including me is guessing. Proceed with caution.
Yes and Yes to your questions. You might want to consider posting this in the "ask the boot guys" forum but I'll give you my thoughts on trouble shooting this down.
First the foot bed. Part of the reason for the foot bed is to get your ankle aligned. This is especially helpful for people with flat feet. My daughter has very flat feet and is in an A frame without foot beds and riding her inside edges. Mainly to prevent the pain at the ankle bone. Anything you do with the boot is wasted (my opinion) unless the ankle is aligned. Some people don't use/need foot beds and they are either blessed with great alignment of have found a way to compensate. Most fitters start with the foot bed and work their way up and out from there.
I'm a little confused about why you took the foot bed out. You said your one foot was smaller and you took the foot bed out so there would be more room. Did you mean that foot was slightly too big for the boot? If that is the case, a fitter can cure that while using the custom foot bed.
Once the boots are correct and aligned (cuff alignment checked and boot sole canting checked), go ski and bring duct tape. If your inside edges are still catching (might be less, might be one, could be none), first check your stance. Are your feet in or outside of your hips? If outside, move them closer together. Some folks use the jump up and down method to find out the correct width. Easy to do as your feet will come naturally under your hips unless you try to force it.
If the stance is correct and it is still happening, break out the duct tape. Put about 4 or 5 narrow strips stacked on the outside edge of your binding where the boot sole touches it. The strips should be 1/8 to 1/4 " wide and about 1/8" in from the edge. This will push the outside edge down. You can also try putting a folded trail map or something at the top of your boot cuff to push your leg in the direction you need the boot/ski to move. I've never done this method though so I'm not sure how it will work. I believe in your case you would put the shim on the inside cuff to push your leg and cuff to the outside to get the inside edge up and outside edge down.
Also, don't look at your feet to see what is happening, this causes your butt to move back and changes your stance. Stand tall and look down hill.
You should also have someone watch you ski and preferably someone that understand alignment and stance. This can be especially helpful if a fitter checks you out and you're good to go but you still have an issue. Could be a technique thing and you just need to narrow your stance. I'm guessing at some of this as I have seen you ski.
Have fun and happy hunting,