I got new boots back in February. I have 20 or 25 days in them. Been back to the shop three times for tweaks. Getting them dialed in better, but here is one thing that I never remember happening with my old boots. As the other, more major issues have subsided, this one is really starting to bug me. On some days - not sure what the common denominator is - I end up with painful bruises on the insides of both knees. They're not strains. They're bruises, and they're coming from somewhere near the top of the cuff of the boot on the opposite leg. It's bad enough that I'm considering trying some telewhacker knee pads (worn with the business part facing inboard, if possible) to see if that helps.
It occurs to me that this might represent some technique flaw that my old boots somehow let me get away with. The stance width thread prompted me to think to post here for input. No, I don't "got video." Thanks to Josh, I do have a photo that illustrates very clearly how this can be happening. (See appended.) Note that my feet don't seem to be crazy close together (although it's hard to tell because there is some vertical difference there). I also don't appear to be a-framing badly in this particular moment. So ... I just I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever had or heard of this problem. I'd be okay with trying some drills to increase stance width, if people think that makes sense. Can someone point me to a couple of those?
But wait, there's more. It might be worth noting in passing that a friend who is a coach has observed on multiple occasions that I have a fairly narrow stance, "but then again your hips are very narrow too." Kind of the same deal with the boot fitting. When we did the vacuum thing with the boots, the plate on the machine didn't really want to let me get my feet close enough together for comfort. Also, the biggest issue with the boots was cuff alignment: Went back once and they maxed out the mechanical alignment settings to get me off my inside edges. Went back again and they moved the boot shafts inboard even more using heat - their call, not mine. I feel pretty comfortable and level on my skis now, although I do feel like my skis want to be more pigeon-toed than they used to. (Shop insists it can't be the Soma stance thing. I'm not so sure.) Is it possible the reason I never had this issue with my old boots had something to do with cuff alignment ... like it was always too outboard, so I had to ski more bowlegged to keep my skis flat, so I didn't bang my knees?
Is this all a boot fit issue? Should this go in the Ask the Boot Guys forum, or can a technique change help me out?