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OLD Boots with New Liners or New Boots?

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Hi Boot Guys-

 

I’m running some fairly ancient Salomon Racing four-buckle boots from 1997, with the original “heat fit” liners and some custom footbeds.  I would estimate that I have somewhere around 300 days on them +/-.

 

I’m 6’3”, 195-200 lbs, have a wide forefoot, high instep, medium arch, and fairly narrow calves.  I also have bony protrusions, particularly on my right foot, at both ends of the fifth metatarsal, necessitating a bunch of grinding work at Snowbird ten years ago.

 

Additionally, I have Reynaud’s and always ski with heat packs on top of my toes in any temps below 40 F.

 

I always ski these boots with the instep buckle loose, or buckled in as loose as possible a position, and the toe buckle in the loosest notch or two, but the upper buckles are fairly cranked.

 

I’ve been noticing a little sloppiness lately, and am wondering if it would be a waste to throw some custom liners in them, or if I should just bite the bullet and go full-bore into new boots (and if so, I’ll go to an ABB shop, but which brands should I look at in advance, given my foot?).  It seems to me that given my funky feet (especially the right one), even with new boots I’m going to need some custom liners and/or shell grinding…

 

Thanks so much for your help on this one!

 

-Gian

post #2 of 3

if the toes and heels are not worn, no play in the upper/lower cuff, all the buckles work, etc   Then yes,  $200 intuitions can help get the boots back to newish

 

but if you go with new boots yes, you ( and most everyone else) will need some custom work done to the boot.

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much.  I really appreciate your help.

 

The toes and heels are still good, the shells are still structurally intact, and the buckles all work.

 

Intuitions here I come!

 

-Gian

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