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Effect of a Solid Metal Sole Plate on Boot Performance

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I want to build up the thickness of my (consumer model) Lange WC 150's by about 2 mm. What do you think would be the effect performance wise of screwing a  2 mm thick X 70 mm wide Aluminum or Stainless Steel plate to the full length of the sole on my boots. I remember a Tecnica boot a couple of years ago that had a steel "chassis plate" screwed to the sole but it was cut away so much I doubted it's longitudinal stiffness. I want to put solid plates (with maybe a couple of lightening holes) on my boots. I'm willing to accept the extra weight.

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speeder,

 

I think it might be very interesting trying to walk with them on a slippery surfacecool.gif, plus the snow might stick to it and mess up entry and performance of the binding.

 

We sold some Atomic boots several years ago which had large aluminum bolts holding the sole to the shell---they would load up with ice and not interface with the binding---we had to cover them up with silicone to stop the problem.

 

Once you are snapped into the binding on most skis I doubt there is much longitudinal flexion through the length of the boot sole in that boot---probably more lateral bending of the boot shell from the top of the cuff to the sole.  The sole lug of that boot is very thick---IMHO I doubt a metal plate would help.

 

mike

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