Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Perhaps this is the true issue, that I tighten my boots too tight in all conditions.
As I said in my original post I'm talking only about the top two buckles and the booster strap and only about a small amount of loosening from my norm. My boots are very tight (need to heat them up to put them on or off) 25.5 for an 8 1/2 street shoe. They also have heat molded Intuition liners.
I'm thinking that maybe I use tightening them so tight as a crutch.
...People thinking they need their boots too tight due to technique issues?
OP - did you TRY different amounts of closure tightness? What did you find?
What SkiDude 72 said (with some differences) and what Noodler said...
I generally don;t vary buckle tightness much, except for 2 situations:
1. if it's a warmer day (sking temps above 28-30 F) the boots feel softer and when they get really soft due to temps and sun warming, I have to adjust the #3 and #4 ladders a bit to keep me from driving them too far forward.
2.. If it's a colder day, and the feet are colder (not uncomfortably so...), my feet tend to 'shrink'. So again, I will adjust the ladders on the #3 & #4 to get a solid fit up the boot shaft, and the 'power' strap is always snug...
The #1 & #2 buckles are always adjusted to give the same contact/pressure across the boot roof/instep and forefoot width.
I've modified the flex on my boots to provide the best range for the vast majority of temp ranges I find myself in. But a turn or 2 on the Bail ladder of the #3 and #4 buckles can be a sensible way to 'tune' to the best performance, if you can feel the difference. It usually doesn;t make a huge difference.
However, loosening to a large degree )or over-tightening) may mean that the boot match to the skier can be improved (IMO).
Last situation (OK, so I have a #3... ) is, I mostly ski at roughly the same energy level most of the time, even though I might finesse more in soft and power a bit more in crud or 'hard'. But If I'm social skiing with a group, on runs I normally don;t spend time on, I will back off the #3 & #4 and strap a bit, just to make it easier on the legs. I 'trust' my skies to track well on easier runs/terrain and can relax attention and save some energy. There's that risk of catching and edge and having a 'WHOA' moment, but it's rare and the easy ride is worth it.
Driving a stiffer boot and ski on a lot of easier terrain and runs for more than short sections can be as or more tiring than a nice run on some more challenging stuff...
In the old days, I had a boot with adjustable forward flex (and lean) and I regularlly would adjust that depending on how and what I was skiing. It. was a great feature/benefit - I really miss it.