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post #31 of 58

Love this thread, its so "summer at Epic"........ biggrin.gif

post #32 of 58
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Love this thread, its so "summer at Epic"........ biggrin.gif

That would be a great new forum....

post #33 of 58

I vote for a new WIKI article on "how to shine your ski boots".

post #34 of 58

FIXED IT

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I vote for a new WIKI article on "Why you shouldn't how to shine your ski boots".

post #35 of 58

Just say NO to gray duct tape

 

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Meh, Dominator is to candle wax what this stuff is to armor-all:
 

post #38 of 58

Anyone is volunteering a guess on how long that will be until TGR folks notice this thread?  popcorn.gif

post #39 of 58

Still think my first idea is the easiest.

 

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The pant leg will cover what the boot glove doesn't, and you'll be warmer.

post #40 of 58

but you have to wear boot gloves.....

post #41 of 58

I'm 53.  I stopped caring what people think about my outfit long ago.  In fact, the only opinion that matters to me is my wife's and she doesn't ski biggrin.gif 

 

She does make sure my clothes match when I head to work each morning though, since she has friends there.

post #42 of 58
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but you have to wear boot gloves.....

I wear 'em with plug boots.  At Magic.  Do I get grief?  Yes.  Do I care? No, because while they're in the tavern cowering from the cold, I'm still out there tracking up the snow.  Kept my toes skiing at Whiteface on a 2-day trip where it never got above zero.  Boot gloves?  Hell yes.

post #43 of 58
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post

Put some duct tape over the scratches to hide them. Standard gray is effective, and makes a style statement that will earn you gnar points at most ski areas.

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Best regards,
Bob

I actually had someone tell me on the lift "you have on way too much duct tape to live on the Front Range" -- so I guess there is something to that.

post #44 of 58
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post

 

OP: Can you tell us your street shoe size, and your Mondo, which is on the back of those whipped boots, or if that's gone there should be a bsl (boot sole length) in the plastic along the inside? And can you let us know if the boots feel comfy walking around in your living room, or do they feel kinda tight? 

 Thanks for the suggestions up to this point.

 

I may have come off as totally clueless and exaggerated the cheapness of the boots. They're Head Edge 8.5s, definitely not a top of the line boot, but not a Chinese garbage boot. Size wise, they're Mondo 29.5, and I wear an 11.5, but more importantly they fit GREAT. When I was renting equipment, I always got 29.5, and the big reason I bought these boots in particular was when I bought my skis, they were ex-rentals and I got to ski on them with some retail boots which were also Head, and they fit great. Anyways, the boots fit awesome, better than I would have expected.

 

I will probably try some clear coat and see if that helps some.

post #45 of 58
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Meh, Dominator is to candle wax what this stuff is to armor-all:
 

Where does one get that stuff?^ What's the brand?

I'm surprised no one's recommended WD40...the stuff that's good for almost nothing and is used for everything.

 

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Originally Posted by fauee View Post

 Thanks for the suggestions up to this point.

 

I may have come off as totally clueless and exaggerated the cheapness of the boots. They're Head Edge 8.5s, definitely not a top of the line boot, but not a Chinese garbage boot. Size wise, they're Mondo 29.5, and I wear an 11.5, but more importantly they fit GREAT. When I was renting equipment, I always got 29.5, and the big reason I bought these boots in particular was when I bought my skis, they were ex-rentals and I got to ski on them with some retail boots which were also Head, and they fit great. Anyways, the boots fit awesome, better than I would have expected.

 

I will probably try some clear coat and see if that helps some.

You're not seriously going to spray your boots with a clear coat?

Just for the gloss?

Let's put it this way. It might look nice for awhile, but once the clear coat starts wearing off it will be pretty bad.It will look worse than scratches.

Seriously, you should polish with plastic stuff.

 

Second thought: Although, why not. Sure, go for it. Might as well experiment and report back.

 

You may just end up in a closet admiring the gloss of your boots like this guy:

(On third thought.... even the pirate duct tape might be ok...)

 

http://youtu.be/PZ3JLwLod-8

post #46 of 58
Tog, when did you start wearing glasses?
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post #48 of 58
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Tog, when did you start wearing glasses?


Shhhh....I'm in the closet with a flashlight....

post #49 of 58
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Originally Posted by fauee View Post

 Thanks for the suggestions up to this point.

 

I may have come off as totally clueless and exaggerated the cheapness of the boots. They're Head Edge 8.5s, definitely not a top of the line boot, but not a Chinese garbage boot. Size wise, they're Mondo 29.5, and I wear an 11.5, but more importantly they fit GREAT. When I was renting equipment, I always got 29.5, and the big reason I bought these boots in particular was when I bought my skis, they were ex-rentals and I got to ski on them with some retail boots which were also Head, and they fit great. Anyways, the boots fit awesome, better than I would have expected.

 

I will probably try some clear coat and see if that helps some.

Good for you.  I wear an 11 and I ski in 27.5 boots, but my boots are very tight (no pain though and all-day comfort).  My uneducated guess is that you really should be in a 28.5 shell, but one size off is not too bad of an outcome for a used beginner boot and maybe can work.  

 

Still, a word of caution- your renting experience means nothing if what you rented was based on your shoe size and not on shell fit.  Do the shell fit (it's really not rocket science, just google it), and see how much room you have down there.  Boots fitting great at home does not mean much unfortunately, you can feel whether it's too small, but not whether its too big.   I don't want to sound negative, but we all have been there.  Hopefully you will be all right.  

post #50 of 58
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Originally Posted by fauee View Post

 Thanks for the suggestions up to this point.

 

I may have come off as totally clueless and exaggerated the cheapness of the boots. They're Head Edge 8.5s, definitely not a top of the line boot, but not a Chinese garbage boot. Size wise, they're Mondo 29.5, and I wear an 11.5, but more importantly they fit GREAT. When I was renting equipment, I always got 29.5, and the big reason I bought these boots in particular was when I bought my skis, they were ex-rentals and I got to ski on them with some retail boots which were also Head, and they fit great. Anyways, the boots fit awesome, better than I would have expected.

 

I will probably try some clear coat and see if that helps some.

OK, for most of us here, an 11.5 and a 29.5 = very roomy fit (I'm a 10.5, wear a 27 or 27.5), also a 104 mm last is very wide, so hope/assume you have a wide foot, suspect in a year or two, you'll discover that a 28.5 is even greater for your skiing, and the 29.5 has a very loose heel. But not lethal for control until the liner finishes packing out, and in any case we all have weird feet; I could wear a 26.5 if I decided to take a chain saw to just one toe on each foot. Such a small sacrifice for such a great sport!

 

(If all this hoopla about tightness makes no sense, keep in mind that your ability to make a ski do stuff is dependent on transmitting force from your leg through the boot to the ski's edge. The more your foot can move around inside the boot, or the liner squishes, as you try to do this, the less efficient you'll be. Eg, the slower and less precisely the ski will react to your body.) Keep this in mind as you ski next season, try to pay attention to what your foot's doing inside its comfy liner. There will come a point, I bet, when you'll realize it's moving a lot more than the ski is. This will be correlated to the day you start getting sore feet from banging into the shell once the liner's packed out. And when you get your next boots, try a fitter, accept the idea that it should be seriously "snug" /tight, not great/comfy, when you first put it on, the fitter will do what's necessary to make it work after that. Ski boots are not supposed to fit like anything else you've ever experienced. Which is why we all make odd, quasi-sexual sounds when we take them off at the end of the day. But meanwhile, enjoy. 

 

OTOH, you're leaking cred with the continued refs to clear coats, recommend an emoticon to confuse us with irony. Seriously, this from the guy who produced a what-if about polishing expensive skis that'll cost him dearly for the next few months - boots are a non-starter. They'll look like they were sprayed, and you'll get the wrong kind of attention. Again. Let go of it. Go take some lessons instead. 

post #51 of 58

Yup, ski boots fit kinda tight... I'm a size 11 in shoes and 9 in ski boots.

post #52 of 58

+1 to what beyond said.  I am just not as nice and polite as he is.  biggrin.gif

 

fauee- there is no such thing as a chinese garbage boot, a vast majority of ski boots are made in Italy.  

post #53 of 58
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Where does one get that stuff?^ What's the brand?

 

I get it at the LBS (local boat shop).   303

post #54 of 58
Congrats on being in the ballpark with fit. You're in center/left but it'll do Bootfitters often speak of boots way too big as the Florida fit. I'd say the Standard Florida Fit for you would be 31.5, and Texas Standard 30.5.

Back to the boots. Rather than spraying with gloss, how about covering them with some imitation gloss Gator skin? You could pick the color. I've seen snake skis but never boots. Everybody has snakes but Florida has Gators!

If not, consider this product for a bit of gloss. Will not get scratches out though
Mothers Back to Black
http://www.mothers.com/02_products/06108.html
I tried some on a blue Lange race boot and made it a little glossier. Like a heavier duty Armorall it seems. Works great on rubber car trim.
post #55 of 58

Cool video on Lange ski boot production.  Does anyone know where these boots are made?

 

I heard Lange has their main distribution in Ogden, UT.  Is this where they are made also?

 

I am in Ogden from time to time on business (USAF base there) and would be interested in a site visit.

 

Thanks.

post #56 of 58

I don't think they are made in Utah; I would guess Italy.

post #57 of 58
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Originally Posted by Moose32 View Post

Cool video on Lange ski boot production.  Does anyone know where these boots are made?

 

I heard Lange has their main distribution in Ogden, UT.  Is this where they are made also?

 

I am in Ogden from time to time on business (USAF base there) and would be interested in a site visit.

 

Thanks.

 

Started in Iowa and now in France.  Dynastar, Rossignol and Lange.  One big happy family.

 

From the Lange site:

 

"In 1963 Bob Lange, the owner of a company manufacturing polyurethane products in Dubuque, Iowa, created the first fiberglass boot with lace closure."

 

Contact:


 SKIS ROSSIGNOL SAS
98 rue Louis Barran
38430 St Jean de Moirans
TEL. +33 (0)4 380 38 03

post #58 of 58

I know that this is an old thread, but....

 

Bought some use boots that will be handed in by S Claus and wanted them to look decent even 'tho they had had very light use.

 

Read the thread and all comments are good.  My old boots look old and I'm proud of it.  Often still use my 1988 195 Rossies and they're obviously beat too.

 

In any case, I have a bunch of nice antique furniture and at Tgiving and Christmas I put on a coat of Milsek furniture polish and it is amazing.  Keeps a high polish for months with a simple wipe on and then a light wipe off if I even feel like it.  Thought WTH, give it a try on the Tecnicas and sure enough they look right out of the box.  Don't know how they'll look after a day on the slopes, but they will be great after unwrapping on the big day.

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