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Should I get Booster strap

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

does it really help with shin Bang? I didnt want to tighten my straps too hard on my raptor RS , afraid cutting off blood circulation, in return, i got some shin bang yesterday on my left leg, (my back seat didn't help neither),

 

will Booster help address that? and big differnt between the normal and expert one?

post #2 of 20

I'm in the same boot  and I use the medium Booster strap.  The secret here is cutting the top 1/2" of plastic on the shell. There is a line marked on the inside to guide you. Once removed you can place the strap directly on the tongue. It's a totally different feel. You don't need to pull the strap really tight yet the level of control increases dramatically. No shin bang for me. 

post #3 of 20
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Thanks, dumb question, what do you use the cut the boots? i dun think normal scissor will do a ting to it..

 

anyway to keep the velcro strap and use the booster at the same time?

post #4 of 20

I had Boosters installed on my boots (2011 Tecnica Dragon Slayer) and have not had any issues with shin bang/pain since. I run the Boosters inside of the shell, directly against the liner. I believe I have the World Cup version with the multiple elastic layers and checkered flag pattern, I am 5'10 205lbs, so I wanted a beefier solution.

 

Worth every penny.

post #5 of 20

YOU DO NOT NEED TO CUT THE PLASTIC ON THE FRONT OF YOUR BOOT SHELL! You may have to tri, the side a bit to make room for the buckle

 

The Booster strap is desisgned to go over the tongue of your boot, but UNDER the shell. So between the tongue and the shell.

 

I would not ski without them. I ski in the Raptor WC 150! NO bang, better flex!

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post

YOU DO NOT NEED TO CUT THE PLASTIC ON THE FRONT OF YOUR BOOT SHELL! You may have to tri, the side a bit to make room for the buckle

 

The Booster strap is desisgned to go over the tongue of your boot, but UNDER the shell. So between the tongue and the shell.

 

I would not ski without them. I ski in the Raptor WC 150! NO bang, better flex!

 

 

It's funny that you actually rarely see them being worn they way they were intended, under the shell. Virtually everyone, including World Cuppers wear them like powerstraps over top. People give the you're-crazy look when you explain to them the way they are intended to be used.

post #7 of 20

So, anyone have experience using the Booster strap (correctly) on the Dalbello or other 3 piece, 3 buckle boot design.  I have the Dalbello Krypton Cross with the Intuition wrap-around liner so the “tongue” is actually one of the shell pieces.  Wasn’t sure if the Booster strap would be as beneficial with this design.  Comments?

 

Actually just answered my questions - found a previous thread from 2009-10 titled "Booster Straps on Kryptons" with lots of great info.  Though if anyone has more recent experience that would be great too. 


Edited by jdleuck - 2/14/13 at 2:22pm
post #8 of 20

I got them a couple of weeks ago and I really like them-they enable you to really flex the boot forward without it being sloppy. I bought the Expert/Race version-one down from the top model with three straps. I run it under the shell and against the tounge as the instructions say to.

Installation was easy-I just unbolted the old strap, used a soldering iron to make holes in the booster and refastened it.One mistake I made-I miscalculated where the elastic would end up when tightened and had to change the location of the mounting holes.

 

I think they have helped my race times slightly-sorry I didn't get them sooner. My boots are Atomic CS 140 from a couple of years ago.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by richDDT View Post

Thanks, dumb question, what do you use the cut the boots? i dun think normal scissor will do a ting to it..

 

anyway to keep the velcro strap and use the booster at the same time?

No just the Booster.

 

Actually scissors was all I used. When the plastic is warm it's pretty soft.

 

You could probably get away without cutting but Head clearly intended it to be an option and everything fits perfectly when you do.

post #10 of 20
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post #11 of 20

i love my world cup boosters on my full tilts...

 

they must be on the liner and not on the shell... so dont see the need to cut except to drill the holes for fixing where the original strap was... 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by richDDT View Post

I wonder how he manage to have two straps at the same time:

http://www.epicski.com/g/i/22604/a/6510/booster-strap/

http://www.epicski.com/g/i/22605/a/6510/booster-strap/

Hey, if you can rock two watches, why not rock two straps!

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by richDDT View Post

I wonder how he manage to have two straps at the same time:

http://www.epicski.com/g/i/22604/a/6510/booster-strap/

http://www.epicski.com/g/i/22605/a/6510/booster-strap/

 

surely that defeats the purpose of the booster strap then.... 

post #14 of 20
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surely that defeats the purpose of the booster strap then.... 

 

Maybe not. If nothing else it would make him stand straighter by pulling the tongue back and spacing him out from the shell. Probably depends on how tight the power strap is.

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by richDDT View Post

does it really help with shin Bang? I didnt want to tighten my straps too hard on my raptor RS , afraid cutting off blood circulation, in return, i got some shin bang yesterday on my left leg, (my back seat didn't help neither),

 

will Booster help address that? and big differnt between the normal and expert one?

 

Shin bang... depending on your dorsiflexion and ankle mobility, some heel lifts might help with your shin bang issues. I'm not certain it has much if anything to do with whatever power strap you use.

post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

 

Shin bang... depending on your dorsiflexion and ankle mobility, some heel lifts might help with your shin bang issues. I'm not certain it has much if anything to do with whatever power strap you use.

 

Damn just went out and bought the booster strap, it still give me pressure on shin, but it does feel good to have the constant control.

 

I think I might give the eliminator a try though... 

post #17 of 20

The eliminator isn't a heel lift. Talk to a good boot fitter.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 

Maybe not. If nothing else it would make him stand straighter by pulling the tongue back and spacing him out from the shell. Probably depends on how tight the power strap is.

 

is the whole point on the booster strap that it stretches with flex...

 

having a normal non stretchy one on there would surely eliminate that... 

post #19 of 20

I have chicken shins. There. I said it. In the Technica boots I used to ski, my shins would be hamburger at the end of the day from shin bang. I still have the scars to prove it. Bought a pair of Nordica Pro 130's a few years ago and put Boosters on them. End of shin bang, especially with the Zipfits I use. The Boosters effectively eliminate the slop between the boot opening and my skinny shins. Though the Zipfits help in that respect as well. Best ski money I ever spent.

David

post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 

how long does it take for shin bang to heal? mine does not hurt anymore, but I still feel it aching and sore when I flex it... 

I can flex my right boot perfectly, not on my left... 

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