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Boots getting looser, anyone notices?

post #1 of 16
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Not throughout the lifespan, but on each ski day. It's especially noticeable on bumpy conditions, like the frozen wet crud I got to enjoy today...

At start of skiing I buckle to a certain tightness and it feels good, but after 5 or 6 runs it feels loose and I had to tighten the cuff latches by a notch. Then after two hours or so, it feels loose again, and if I want precise control I need to tighten it by another notch.

Just wondering if it's like this for everybody, or just me.
post #2 of 16

yup, pretty normal unless you are in plug boots

post #3 of 16

I don't have that problem.  My boots are into their third season and have Intuition liners.  I buckle them snugly when I start out and at lunch I change socks and buckle them up again in the same notches.

post #4 of 16
My feet and legs get skinnier as the season progresses and also after lunch for some reason. Even the boots that had 462 days on them needed tightening after lunch.
post #5 of 16
My legs bulk out after lunch. Which is about the same time as I undo the over-cranking I did before lunch to compensate for my two hour drive plus kids gear
zombie style.
post #6 of 16

Normal. Probably due to the plastic warming up.

post #7 of 16

If the temperature is the same the outside plastic shell should not soften up during the day. To my experience its because your foot gets used to the pressure and the linear also tends to compress. Boots feel real tight in the morning but in the afternoon they feel loose. Normal. Also in stiffer racing boots Flex 130-150.

post #8 of 16

Happens to me too.  I put it down partially to the boot still being stretched wide open from putting them on making it seem like I'm tightening them when I'm really not, but mostly to my shins and feet adapting.

post #9 of 16

Happens to me too.  I have to tighten up my boots more and more as the day progresses.

People talk about the liners packing out each day, then miraculously thickening back out overnight.  

I don't believe it.

 

I think the feet shrink during the ski day, either because of the boot pressure against the foot or because of less liquid intake during the day, or both.

 

In my case, I attribute most of this issue to dehydration in my feet.  I drink far less during a ski day than otherwise.  

My feet look abnormal when I take the boots off.

My leg is its normal width above the boot/sock line, but very narrow below.

My veins stick out visibly on my shrunken bony feet.  

Those feet don't look like that during non-ski days, and they don't start out that way on a ski day.

post #10 of 16
I normally tighten up after a run or two and I'm fine for the rest of the day. My feet also look funny when I finally take the boots off.

If the temp is warm like upper 30's + I have to keep playing with the boots.
post #11 of 16

I also think it's your feet, not the boots.

post #12 of 16
Since my boots are on heaters all night, moved to heaters in the car, then carried into a locker room in a bag and promptly put on, if anything the boots are colder after eating lunch. So it's nothing to do with plastic warming up. It's digestion taking place and stealing blood from the extremities to help with digestion or something.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

My feet and legs get skinnier as the season progresses and also after lunch for some reason. Even the boots that had 462 days on them needed tightening after lunch.


Mine do, too. Well, my legs don't get skinnier because I don't get enough days on the hill for that to happen, but after lunch, yes.

post #14 of 16

I buckle on the 1st notch, walk to the lift, then re-buckle to the 2nd notch and cinch the booster down more.

 

I think it's hard to get a good fit if you just got out of the car,  after sitting a while and stagnating. But a good walk seems to put everything in place. I don't worry about wearing down soles because my Nordica's have replaceable vibram heel and toe pads.

post #15 of 16

Happens to me as well.  I usually take 1 run, then tighten my buckles as needed.   Usually another notch of the middle two (of 4) buckles.

post #16 of 16

I doubt anyone's boot heaters get the boots as warm as their feet do--98.6 once you've skied hard enough to work up a sweat.  I notice my boots loosening most days, but not on particularly cold ones, when my feet stay cold, and not on powder days, when the boots stay in the snow. They also fit looser in April than they do in December. Of course I mostly ski in California--might be different in Montana. As far as foot size--if anything feet swell during the day, due to the increase blood flow from exercise and being dependent, especially dangling on a chair lift ride. And of course the cause doesn't matter. The treatment is the same regardless--tighten the boots.

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