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I have the Salomon X Max 120. The were professionally fitted and I love them. These particular boots have a shell that can be heat molded and a liner that can be heat molded. I had the latter done and not the former. The fit is so snug I can't wear a sock and can only fit in the boot with a sock liner. I'm in an 8 street shoe and the X Max is a 24.5. Previous boot was a 25.5.

My question is about the decision the mold either the shell or the liner and the benefits of doing one or the other or both. During the picking which boot process, I went through several boots in multiple sizes. When we got to the X Max, I was in the 25.5 and it was a very good fit. I was wearing sock liners btw. The fitter then had me go down a size and said we could do some molding and have the foot push things out. We did the liner and after that, the only mod needed for fit was a punch (follow up visit).

The reason I'm asking is these boots are COLD! Granted I was previously in the Krypton with an Intuition liner so I might be a little spoiled, but I'm wondering if the shell was molded instead of the liner, would the liner remain thicker and possibly warmer? Most of the season I wore the Boot Glove and at lunch would warm the boots back up at lunch time.

So would molding the shell first leave the liner thicker and warmer?
Do you loose any performances by molding the shell?

I would follow up with for my situation to increase warm without loosing performance:
1) should I get Intuition liners and mold those?
2) should I get Intuition liners and mold the shell?
3) should I stop being an sissy lala and suck it up and be happy with such a great fit?

If the answer is 1 or 2, which liner/size would you recommend? I'm fine with the current stiffness of the boot.

Thanks,
Ken
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I have the Salomon X Max 120. The were professionally fitted and I love them. These particular boots have a shell that can be heat molded and a liner that can be heat molded. I had the latter done and not the former. The fit is so snug I can't wear a sock and can only fit in the boot with a sock liner. I'm in an 8 street shoe and the X Max is a 24.5. Previous boot was a 25.5.

My question is about the decision the mold either the shell or the liner and the benefits of doing one or the other or both. During the picking which boot process, I went through several boots in multiple sizes. When we got to the X Max, I was in the 25.5 and it was a very good fit. I was wearing sock liners btw. The fitter then had me go down a size and said we could do some molding and have the foot push things out. We did the liner and after that, the only mod needed for fit was a punch (follow up visit).

"The reason I'm asking is these boots are COLD! Granted I was previously in the Krypton with an Intuition liner so I might be a little spoiled"
, but I'm wondering if the shell was molded instead of the liner, would the liner remain thicker and possibly warmer? Most of the season I wore the Boot Glove and at lunch would warm the boots back up at lunch time.

So would molding the shell first leave the liner thicker and warmer?
Do you loose any performances by molding the shell?

I would follow up with for my situation to increase warm without loosing performance:
1) should I get Intuition liners and mold those?
2) should I get Intuition liners and mold the shell?
3) should I stop being an sissy lala and suck it up and be happy with such a great fit?

If the answer is 1 or 2, which liner/size would you recommend? I'm fine with the current stiffness of the boot.

Thanks,
Ken

ken,

 

     I highlighted the pertinent comment you made about your previous pair of boots. but just as a suggestion the liners in your new boots will

compress and become more roomy over time and allow for better circulation in the capillaries (warmer).

My wife often skis without socks because of less compression and stays warm all day long (in Salomons)

 

     We always heat mold the liners first and will then heat and stretch the shell if needed.

By the way, if you have the boot on and we heat the shell to allow your foot to push it out, the liner will always get some heat in it and compress over the bony prominences---so you end up with both the shell and liner molding.

 

mike

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Mike,

Thanks.  I was kind of hoping to hear it was #1 or 2 but it looks like #3 is the winner tongue.gif.  I'll consider sucking it up for another year and see how it goes.  I do have 60 days in these.

 

Thanks again,

 

Ken

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