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Heat/pressure fitting for Garmont Tele boot

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I posted a while back chronicling my experience with using the Fisher Vacuum 'machine' to form-fit my Dalbello Krypton boots that had their shells screwed up by an incompetent boot fitter.  The fitter blew out the whole side of the boot, making then too wide.  I thought they were ruined, but the shop owner and I did an experiment with his Fisher Vacuum machine.  The results were great - the extra width was pulled in, and all of my pressure points were noticeably reduced.  Done on a new boot that didn't already have packed-out liners (like mine do), it would be an absolute slam dunk - shell would get you 90% of the way there, then a day to break in the liner should yield a 'perfect' fit.

 

Well - that was last year, and this year I'm 'freeing my heel', so to speak.  I have a new pair of Garmont Prophet telemark boots that I want to form-fit.  The length, toe box, and top of foot feels pretty good, but the boot is too narrow through the heel and up the sides of my foot.  It seems a perfect candidate for a heat/pressure treatment.  My only concern is the bellows - they're obviously a very different material from the shell.  I don't know if there are any issues or worries about damaging the bellows material with the 250-280F in the boot oven.  I'm thinking of cutting a strip of metal to tape across the bellows during the pressure phase - that should alleviate any pressure related deformation problems - they just have to take the heat.

 

Does anyone have experience heating/punching a Telemark boot, and are there any extra issues because of the bellows section?  Thanks.

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The issues surrounding the bellows is that usually they reshape not at all or very poorly because they are already flexible so it is difficult to bring any pressure to bear.

 

Lou

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The issues surrounding the bellows is that usually they reshape not at all or very poorly because they are already flexible so it is difficult to bring any pressure to bear.

 

Lou

 

Didn't exactly answer my question, but I can take this to mean that the bellows CAN take heat without any problems?

 
Turns out I probably won't do a heat-fit.  I started the fitting procedure yesterday, and they aren't all that far off.  The only potential issue is I have a lump on my pinky toe that can create a hot-spot.  It required punching out on my alpine boots.  I feel a little pressure with the new boots, but the spot is directly underneath the front edge of the bellows where there is a ridge of heavy plastic reinforcement.  I don't know that I can deform something that thick.  Hope it doesn't hurt.
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