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Different Boot Flex - L vs R

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I have an issue with my Tecnica Inferno R130 boots.  My left boot feels fairly soft when I flex, but my right feels stiff as a brick.  My bootfitter doesn't notice a difference from looking at me flex, but I can definitely feel the shin bang from the lower cuff on my right boot.  On further inspection, my bootfitter noticed that my left boot has a marking SX on the lower cuff, and DX on the right.  He seems to think that one of my boots is the 130 model, and the other is the 150.  I'm not sure I agree with him.  I know that in Italian, left is sinistra and right is destra, so can anyone tell me whether the markings are really indicating right and left?

 

Also, any ideas on softening the right boot?

 

Thanks 

post #2 of 10

s & x = left and right, your italian is very good.

 

try this: http://youtu.be/8hUwND4cMK4.

 

jim

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jim,

Do you find it very common that boots would flex unevenly? Or is this likely a strength issue?

Thanks
post #4 of 10

Do both your feet "Dorsiflex" to the same degree? ---in other words with your heels on the floor in a seated position, can you lift your forefoot off of the floor (dorsiflex) the same amount for both feet?

 

if your boots have good heel retention and one of your legs/feet will not dorsiflex as much as the other, you might notice this as seeming like the boot is stiffer.

 

just thinking.

 

mike

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike, 

 

My right foot does not dorsiflex as much as my left, probably 5 or so degrees less. 

post #6 of 10

If that is the case then add a small heel lift (1/4 inch) to both boots, this will open up the ankle joint and allow you to flex forward in both boots.

 

mike

post #7 of 10

When you ski do you really flex the boots so much this is an issue, or is it simply something you feel in the store or at home?

 

It is not unusual to find a difference between boots when they are warm that disappears once cold.

 

Lou

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi Lou,

Merry Christmas.

I actually notice the difference in flex more on the snow than in the store. The first time I noticed it was skiing on a cold day. I can tell it is affecting the way I ski.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Another thing to add, I may have a mildly arthritic right knee that could contribute. Nothing like being 26 and already feeling 75!
post #10 of 10

Do you like the softer or stiffer boot?     you might be able to adjust the flex of one boot to "match" the feel of the other?

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