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I fixed my boot problems...

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I got rid of ankle pain, sloppy ski control, and cold feet with one easy effort. I exchanged my boots that were 1 whole size too big. I almost didn't due to guilt of using them, fear of store refusal, thinking I could make them work ok, etc. I'm glad I got over all that.

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Good job. Now you can enjoy your experiences more.
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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

Good job. Now you can enjoy your experiences more.

Thanks, Denny. When one adds up all the $ and time committed to a trip, why suffer using gear that is just plain wrong? Besides the poor performance and pain, I was always doubting the boots--talk about a distraction.

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Originally Posted by 3whoSki View Post

I got rid of ankle pain, sloppy ski control, and cold feet with one easy effort. I exchanged my boots that were 1 whole size too big. I almost didn't due to guilt of using them, fear of store refusal, thinking I could make them work ok, etc. I'm glad I got over all that.

 

I felt the exact same way when going through my first "I have the wrong friggin size of boots" scenario. It HURT opening up the pocketbook and buying new boots when the old ones, that I had been fighting to use for 2 seasons (yet never made it through a full say of skiing) were "still good." 

 

In my case, I was returning to skiing after 5 years off from a pretty devastating knee injury, had no expectations that I would ever again ski at a high level, yet wanted to get back on the snow.  I went to the big box sports store and only looked at the cheapest on-sale beginner boot they had, which was shaped totally wrong for my foot, then went up 4 sizes until it fit. I don't remember exactly, but I think I was also shooting for a "good fit in the store."  The salesperson, who obviously in retrospect had no experience selling boots and saw no problem with bringing out 4 different sizes of ski boot for 1 person, didn't really help with what should have been obvious signs that I was headed for trouble. We certainly didn't do a shell fit or anything else.

 

At the time, I felt the boot purchase was for 100% comfort- I didn't believe my knee would ever work on anything ungroomed, and so I just was not interested in anything but getting boots for cheap that would be comfy. I might as well have burned the money I spent.

 

2 years of severe cramping pain later, I got to an actual bootfitter, who shell fits my existing boots to find 4 fingers worth of space. I have a very wide foot and had sized up a narrow shell to the point where my wide foot fit (and probably fit comfortably in the store!!!), and was 4 sizes too big. To make the boot work, all the buckles were then getting clamped down, creating pressure points and pain. I was still swimming, so my feet would cramp because they would shift forward in the boot and crush my toes and kuckles in my feet with no support.

 

With proper boots, all the sudden I am skiing at an advanced intermediate level overnight, with the only limiting factor being the amount of impact and force the knee can stand. After lots of skiing, the muscles around the knee improve to where they do more of the work for the knee.

 

And now, a few pairs of properly fitted boots later, I am a better skier than I have ever been and the knee rarely limits me.

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