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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I am writing this for a friend of mine.

He has been skiing for 2 years and progressing. He was borrowing a friends equipment and recently bought his own from a reputable ski shop. The boot fit is great and the skis seem to be perfect. He did very well last year but his first time out this year He had a lot of trouble controlling the ski. His butt was sticking out and he was bent over and he was told his boots are to stiff. To confirm the teacher had him unbuckle the top buckle and he immediately was able to ski in control. Does boot flex have that much to do with skiing and how to tell if the boots are to stiff?

post #2 of 8

Boot flex does make a difference burt as I read this I assume he bought the boots last year and was doing fine with them and now isn't.  I'd say the problem is noir the boot flex but summer rust.

 

Lou

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

He bought all new equipment this year. He did not have a problem last year in his borrowed boots which he used all season.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

He must be the only one on this forum having a problem! Sure with I could get him some help

post #5 of 8

Does he happen to have a slim calf?

 

measure the circumference of his calf at the top of the liner.

 

What size boot is he in?

 

What model boots was he skiing last year, in what size?

 

mike

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

Does he happen to have a slim calf?

 

measure the circumference of his calf at the top of the liner.

 

What size boot is he in?

 

What model boots was he skiing last year, in what size?

 

mike

Calf is medium and he plays tennis 4 times a week. He was in a 27 and is now in a 26.5. I do not know the model. I am trying to understand how a boot that is not flexible enough affects skiing. 

post #7 of 8

Ok,

 

What model boot? How much does he weigh?

 

measure his calf and get back to me.

 

So, if he stands on one foot can he flex the boot? if so, he should be able to flex it when skiing.

 

when he unbuckled his boots he was able to bring his lower leg forward at the knee and move into a more centered position, therefore he skied better.

 

If he can't flex it when skiing the top of the boot buckled, then his center of mass may be riding behind the boot sole center.

 

If he has slim calves and tightens the top of the boot, he will pull his lower leg to a more upright position, this will cause him to stand on his heels at the end of each turn and G forces will sink his butt down behind his heels, the boot will feel to stiff.

 

There is a "sweet spot" over the center of the boot, which he should be able to find while skiing by adding forward lean to the boot----a spoiler may help, but some are too thick and will move his center forward of the boot sole center too far.

 

Here's the idea, if his center of mass is riding "just forward"of boot sole center, G forces will push his knees down to the front and flex the boots for him.

 

mike

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

when he unbuckled his boots he was able to bring his lower leg forward at the knee and move into a more centered position, therefore he skied better.

 

Yes

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