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How long can one expect a pair of mid-quality pair of boots to last?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

The reason I am asking this is that it seems like my current pair is getting packed out. I spent my first five ski days this season fiddling with the buckles throughout the day to acheive the balance of keeping my feet from moving around inside the boots and not cutting off my circulation. I am still not happy with the result. The boots have custom footbeds. In previous seasons I was good to go from day one and only occasionally had to readjust the buckles.

 

Never had that problem with my 2009 Salomon Impacts before, until this season. My guess is that I have maybe 70-80 days on them. Am thinking seriously about replacing them.

post #2 of 7

Mid Quality boots are designed to feel 'comfortable' in the shop for as many different foot shapes as possible, this is done by making a boxy/wide/non-anatomical shell and filling it with a heavily padded liner made of soft foam. This feels great... for about a week of skiing (OK, it feels great in the store). These liners generally start to really pack-out in about 50 days, but obviously each individual foot is different so if you have wide high-volume feet it won't be as bad as someone with narrow low-volume feet.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Is it worthwhile to replace the liner ?
post #4 of 7

$200 ish for an intuiton liner.

 

If the shell still fits you well (5-15mm shell fit, etc) and the toes and heels are not worn, buckles still work, power strap not failing.  Then might be worth it.

post #5 of 7

disagree with mtlion.... shell fit for length is only one parameter to measure the relativity of length to your foot.

 

more important to getting sufficient hold down for skiing is the relative volume of your foot to the relative volume of the shell.

 

if the boot you have is a big tub of goo, you can put 2 intuition liners inside and still not have good containment of your foot.

 

start with the best matched shell with a quality liner that has sufficiently firm materials to contain your foot without massive buckle pressure.

 

that costs money to achieve. and takes digging through a lot of ski boot salesmans crap to get correct.

 

jim
 

post #6 of 7

good points Jim

post #7 of 7

Liners are for padding between shell and foot, support and some warmth.  The tightness of fit they provide is shortlived if the shellfit is not correct and Jim is correct there is far more to proper fit than width and as Whiteroom said mid-price boots are typically shaped more appropriately to hold potted plants than most feet.  Probably it is a waste of your money to invest in liners.

 

Lou

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