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How much should ski boots normally leak, if any?

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How much should ski boots normally leak, if any?

 

 

I've had responses that range from:

 

* None. If they leak you should be eligible for a full refund/new pair under the manufacturer's warrantee.

 

* The amount of snow that typically leaks into a boot can often be dwarfed by the amount of sweat feet normally produce. Average human feet produce up to one cup (one half-pint) of sweat per day!

       ** If you think that might be a problem, try 1) an antiperspirant, 2) use wool (vs. synthetic) socks, 3) dry them out in the lodge during lunch.

 

* You need to buckle your boots tighter. Question is, how tight?

       ** First notch ought to do it... Second notch is what the boot is "designed" for... Alternatively, first buckle really counts, second buckle over the instep only needs to be tight enough that something doesn't knock it off.

 

* They all leak to some extent. Just look at Junior racers. They all have duct tape over their toe dams. Not only is it "cool," but all boots leak to some extent including mine.

      ** If leakage is a problem, try : 1) duct tape, 2) a 1/4"-wide roll of soft foam window/door tape or weather stripping, 3) a boot glove, or 4) Hotronics.

 

 

(For reference, I'm still working on my 2012/2013 Fischer SOMA Vacuum Fit 110's.)

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by SkiRDude View Post
 

How much should ski boots normally leak, if any?

 

 

I've had responses that range from:

 

* None. If they leak you should be eligible for a full refund/new pair under the manufacturer's warrantee.

 

no comments.

 

* The amount of snow that typically leaks into a boot can often be dwarfed by the amount of sweat feet normally produce. Average human feet produce up to one cup (one half-pint) of sweat per day!

 

 

The sweat thing is correct although I have heard higher volumes than a pint.

 

       ** If you think that might be a problem, try 1) an antiperspirant, 2) use wool (vs. synthetic) socks, 3) dry them out in the lodge during lunch.

 

some of the above works on some folks.

 

* You need to buckle your boots tighter. Question is, how tight?

       ** First notch ought to do it... Second notch is what the boot is "designed" for... Alternatively, first buckle really counts, second buckle over the instep only needs to be tight enough that something doesn't knock it off.

 

The 2 lower buckles should not be tightened--- if the boot fits around your feet correctly----(not too big) they can only put your feet to sleep,

tighten the ankle buckle till it grabs/hurts your ankle then back off till it is just comfortable but always wear this buckle this tight.  Wrap the power strap around the liner and tongue only and under the shell (if your boots will allow this) then latch the upper buckle over it.

 

* They all leak to some extent. Just look at Junior racers. They all have duct tape over their toe dams. Not only is it "cool," but all boots leak to some extent including mine.

 

never had to use duck tape on the 8 or 10 different brands of boots I have skied in over the past 35 years. 

 

      ** If leakage is a problem, try : 1) duct tape, 2) a 1/4"-wide roll of soft foam window/door tape or weather stripping, 3) a boot glove, or 4) Hotronics.

 

I would go with the duck tape---its cheaper.

 

(For reference, I'm still working on my 2012/2013 Fischer SOMA Vacuum Fit 110's.)

 

Thanks!

mike

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Thanks so much for your advice, but you cheated :-) !!

 

You answered most of my questions, but skipped the main one, "should ski boots leak at all, and if so, how much?" My feet are coooold!!

 

PS: Wow. If our feet really sweat "higher volumes than a pint", how can we ever expect to keep our doggies warm? Darn bleeping race boots!

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I don't think they should leak at all, but when they do----duck tape

 

 

mike

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Thanks, Mike. Duct tape it is!

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