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Are these boots too worn?

post #1 of 18
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Hi all, just want some comments on my boots, whether they are too worn? I used them last season without noticing a problem but just want to be sure. Cheers!



post #2 of 18

They are not too worn but they do look like they have high milage on them. This was a real lower level of a boot from Dalbello, and very well while the toe and heel strikes are usable, I imagine the liner is all packed out. 

post #3 of 18

If you boot up at your vehicle and put a lot of wear on the bottoms walking through parking lots you might want to consider using cat tracks or yak tracks to keep the contact points in good shape.

 

 

post #4 of 18

I tried a pair of SkiSkootys this season.  A bit bulkier than Cat Tracks, but they didn't fall off.  Easier to walk in, too.

 

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

I tried a pair of SkiSkootys this season.  A bit bulkier than Cat Tracks, but they didn't fall off.  Easier to walk in, too.

 

 

 

Same with the Yak Trax.  I leave them hanging on my cable lock around a railing at the base lodge instead of stuffing them in a pocket while skiing. 

post #6 of 18

I keep my "walking aids" with me.  Since my boots are so smooth on the bottom, I need something to help me when I hike.  What specifically makes the SkiSkootys better for walking on firm surfaces is the rocker.  Are the Yak Trax rockered?  The photo doesn't show it.

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

I keep my "walking aids" with me.  Since my boots are so smooth on the bottom, I need something to help me when I hike.  What specifically makes the SkiSkootys better for walking on firm surfaces is the rocker.  Are the Yak Trax rockered?  The photo doesn't show it.


Yes, the Yaks are higher under the arches than the toe and heel.  If you look at the depth of the internal waffle you will see they are much thinner at the toes and heels.

 

Hike?  No heli?th_dunno-1[1].gif..... sez the guy that uses his because he boots up in the parking lotredface.gif

post #8 of 18

I can see that those heel and toe lugs are replaceable from the screws, but Phil raised a good point about the liners...

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

I keep my "walking aids" with me.  Since my boots are so smooth on the bottom, I need something to help me when I hike.  What specifically makes the SkiSkootys better for walking on firm surfaces is the rocker.  Are the Yak Trax rockered?  The photo doesn't show it.


Yes, the Yaks are higher under the arches than the toe and heel.  If you look at the depth of the internal waffle you will see they are much thinner at the toes and heels.

 

Hike?  No heli?th_dunno-1[1].gif..... sez the guy that uses his because he boots up in the parking lotredface.gif

 

*is still waiting to hear which touring binders* can be clicked into with Yaks on regular boots*


*because 'binding' sounds too much like a dangling participle, and we can't have things dangling in public

post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

 

Same with the Yak Trax.  I leave them hanging on my cable lock around a railing at the base lodge instead of stuffing them in a pocket while skiing. 

me too. easier to walk in, easier to put on (except you have to be able to tell left from right), than cat tracks  Yak Trax calls them SkiTrax. My boots have no replaceable heel and toe pieces so I wear them to protect the soles. (Plus, as I'm finding out with my son's 5 year old solly boots, the replacement pieces aren't that easy to find.)

post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

If you boot up at your vehicle and put a lot of wear on the bottoms walking through parking lots you might want to consider using cat tracks or yak tracks to keep the contact points in good shape.

 

Stupid question, but I assume these aren't compatible with the bindings. Is it a pain to take these on/off throughout the day? 

post #12 of 18
I keep the Cat Trax on my boots and remove them when I'm about to step into my bindings. Keeps the snow off the sole of my boots. I keep them in a cargo pocket of my pants when skiing, otherwise they stay on the boots. I usually have to remove my gloves to pull them on or off; somehow I endure the process.
post #13 of 18
Why would you be taking them off and on throughout the day? Maybe if there's a gondola with no snow between you and it? Are you taking your skis on and off throughout the day?
post #14 of 18

At some mountains during early/late season, there might bare concrete or gravel outside between the car and the lodge, and even between the lodge door and the chair.  

The lodges and/or bathrooms may have concrete floors.  

The instructor locker room where I work has a concrete floor.

So the cattracks are needed throughout the day.

And yes, it's a pain getting them on and off. 

I'm going to attach loops to mine made of phone wire this week so I can ease them on and off without folding up like a pretzel while balancing on one boot out in the cold.

That is so annoying.

 

You ask if people take their skis on and off during the day.  Well, yes.

I take my skis on and off when I go to the bathroom (!!!), when I go inside to eat lunch, and when I check my assignments in the locker room.  I'm there all day.

post #15 of 18

I guess I don't put my boots on at the car.  I put them on in the lodge.  Then I put my skis on.  I eat lunch at the summit (wood floors).  I put my skis back on.  I ski, then go to lodge, put shoes on.  Walk to car.  

 

Only difference where I used to ski was I used the Cat tracks to get to the slope from the house.  Lunch -- wooden floors and carpet.  So, didn't put them on until I left and needed to walk back to the house.  

 

I guess there's the odd concrete floor in the ladies room, but I got 462 days out of the last pair of boots and the soles were fine.  

post #16 of 18

I tend to boot up in my car.  I sometimes have a bit of gear to schlep and found I prefer walking on boots to carrying them.  Parking is sometimes a bit of a walk at Stevens and there is a lot of concrete in the plaza at the base.  Plus, I get much better traction in snow, slush or ice than boots alone, or for that matter any other footwear I own, 

post #17 of 18

Sorels plus these

post #18 of 18

Luv my Walk-EZs.

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