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Worth fixing or time to move on? Starting to get some ankle slop- Salomon X3-10's

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I have a pair of Salomon x3-10's that I have been very happy with.  Had new footbeds installed last year and the shells heated to eliminate some pressure points and I thought I was golden for a while.  This weekend however we had some pretty heavy wet snow at Stowe and I sensed some slop developing in my ankles.  The boots are 26.0's and I wear a 10 street shoe, so I'm confident they aren't too big and they are great in almost any condition.  The slop I encountered was in bumps with heavy snow. 

 

I've done some searching around and wonder if some basic ankle shims/pads would give me a little more life.  Or perhaps a set of Intution liners?  The boots probably see 10-15 days of real skiing/ season, with another 10-15 of teaching little kids.  Does it make sense to play with these a bit more or is it time to move on after 3-4 seasons?

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most liners get 100-200 days from them, so 30+ days a year, for 3-4 years is about right.  PLus they worked OK for 100 days...  I'd start with some intuitions..

 

or try some "L" pads around the heel on the current liner, 

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the first fix for any conventional performance boot where liner compression is taking place is to attempt to pump back up the holding power of the tongue/liner by adding a neoprene tongue shim. we stock 3mm, 5mm, 6mm neoprene depending on the volume of the foot and the volume of the compacted liner and shell. it is not unusual to have clients that end up with more than 1 tongue shim.

 

this is usually our first line of defense on a conventional overlap boot when the liner starts to show signs of "pack out".

 

if the liner gets so thin in the heel and ankle area, it is worth the attempt to add padding to shore up the fit, however there becomes a point of diminished return and then the next most viable option is to go to a replacement liner of either, intuition, injectable foam, or zip fit variety.

 

jim

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