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Boot Comfort & Foot Circulation Poll

Poll Results: Which applies to you and your SKI boots?

 
  • 65% (30)
    I wear them all day without any problems
  • 10% (5)
    I have to take them off at lunch due to cold / numb toes
  • 6% (3)
    I have to take them off every 1-2 hours due to cold / numb toes
  • 15% (7)
    I have to unbuckle between each run
  • 2% (1)
    I have to take them off at lunch due to pain / hot spots
  • 0% (0)
    I have to take them off every 1-2 hours due to pain / hot spots
46 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Just curious what the average ski boot experience is for users of this forum.  If there's an answer you think I should add to the poll, just say so in your response.

post #2 of 21

I generally wear mine all day. I've gotten cold feel and had to take them off before, but that was generally on atypically cold days.

post #3 of 21

Can wear them all day.  Fits like a glove.

 

Cold feet is do to lack of circulation.  Boots are too tight (usually the bottom two buckles) or need to be modifed to keep those viens on top of your foot from being compressed.  

 

If the temps drop to the single digits the foot warmers are turned on.  All the circulation in the world will not help after a few hours in the cold. 

post #4 of 21

My feet rarely got cold in my old boots (Nordica Speedmachine 110), which were probably too big.  In the three days I've skied so far in my new Fischer Vacuum 110s (one shell size smaller), my toes have gone numb rather quickly, as discussed in this thread.

post #5 of 21

With current day boot fitting technology, unless you have some serious physical issues, your boots should be comfortable and resonably warm.  If not, you need different boots or a different boot fitter.    That being said, there are always those who push the comfort envelope in the quest for better performance. 

 

As is of often said on this forum, boots are your most important piece of equipment and are not the place to try and go cheap.

post #6 of 21

In my new boots, i need to snug them up slowly for the first few runs. If I tighten them too fast, they are numb and cold.

 

I do loosen them at lunch, but if I took them off, I wouldn't be able to get them back on.

post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post

In my new boots, i need to snug them up slowly for the first few runs. If I tighten them too fast, they are numb and cold.

I do loosen them at lunch, but if I took them off, I wouldn't be able to get them back on.

I voted numb toes after couple hours. Some day better than others, but I'll have to try your method and see if it changes anything. Thanks for the idea!
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post

In my new boots, i need to snug them up slowly for the first few runs. If I tighten them too fast, they are numb and cold.

I do loosen them at lunch, but if I took them off, I wouldn't be able to get them back on.

I voted numb toes after couple hours. Some day better than others, but I'll have to try your method and see if it changes anything. Thanks for the idea!
post #9 of 21

I'm in Speedmachine 14s, and very happy with them.  Most days I just loosen the buckles over lunch.

post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post

In my new boots, i need to snug them up slowly for the first few runs. If I tighten them too fast, they are numb and cold.

 

Same thing here.

post #11 of 21
My feet feel fatigued after a short walk through a parking lot or a resort village. After a run or two, they feel fine.

I've learned from this forum that Advil at the start of the day helps limit the discomfort.
post #12 of 21

I unbuckle for lift rides, but I want to. Why not maximize blood flow to the feet whenever possible?

post #13 of 21

I keep them loosley buckled for the first lift ride up then buckle them more at the top. Most days I only unbuckle for lunch and on 2-3 lift rides up. Never have to take them off.

post #14 of 21

I usually unbuckle for lift rides. On very very cold days (about less than 15F), I have to go into the lodge to take them off and warm up.

 

Using Technica Demon 120s and I love them.

post #15 of 21

I can wear mine all day without any problems.  If it's a really cold day, I'll unbuckle for the lift rides.  I'll always warm them up with my Hot Gear Bag the night before so that they go on pretty easily...  Getting them off can be an adventure.  Sometimes I'll take a hair dryer to 'em to get them off easier.

post #16 of 21
It's the fit that makes the difference. I wear my Lange RS130s sometimes 10 hours a day. Nice and warm until <10F then boot heaters go on. Last year I went to Intuition liners and now never use boot heaters anymore.

As for buckling, once I get them set after a few hours then they aren't touched for the rest of the day.

Get a good fit is the most important thing you can do.

J.
post #17 of 21

Fit makes a difference.  I'm in Lange WC130 WC Fit, perfect from the get go.  Tight to hold you, loose to wiggle the toes.  I must have the right feet for this this boot.  I hope they stay that way.

 

G

post #18 of 21

How about "I can wear them all day unless it's -20 and the boot won't flex"

 

Or: "I wear them all day. If my toes go numb I unbuckle at lunch to let the blood back in."

 

 

Atomic Hawx with custom footbeds.

 

Thank you Alpine Options at Sugarbush!!!!

 

 

The boots made my feet happy. The custom foot beds made me a better skier, and that made ME happy.

 

Best $100 I ever spent for equipment.

 

Sparkles and Recco all in a shoe. Sweet.

post #19 of 21

Flawed poll.  I wear them all day.  My feet get cold, my little toes go numb.  So do my fingers, so does my face.  I worry about frost bite, but somehow, I still have all my toes and haven't gotten any blisters.

post #20 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allison Matura View Post

How about "I can wear them all day unless it's -20 and the boot won't flex"

 

Or: "I wear them all day. If my toes go numb I unbuckle at lunch to let the blood back in."

 

 

Atomic Hawx with custom footbeds.

 

Thank you Alpine Options at Sugarbush!!!!

 

 

The boots made my feet happy. The custom foot beds made me a better skier, and that made ME happy.

 

Best $100 I ever spent for equipment.

 

Sparkles and Recco all in a shoe. Sweet.

Oh heck yeah.  Custom footbeds is mandatory in any new ski boot. 

post #21 of 21

I agree, the poll is flawed. I wear them all day without adjustment, but that's because I always have Hotronics blasting, plus boot gloves on cold days.  And multiple strategies to keep the boots and the feet warm en route to the mountain.  Not to mention several sessions with a great bootfitter.

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