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.)