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Stiffening up a boot

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hello all,

 

I got stuck with a pair of Salomon quest-access 60 ski boots this season, and they feel way too soft. I'm 6' 2", 166lbs, currently skiing on a pair of old Rossignol bandit B74's. I was planning on weathering out the year with my gear and buying new boots/skis at the end of the season, but after a little research, I found a pair of 2014 Volkl Kinks with bindings for $344 new. As such, I'm buying them now, and I realized that my boots might not cut it. I'm broke, so I won't be buying any new boots, so I was wondering if there was anything I could do to stiffen my boots?

 

Thanks,

Robert

post #2 of 19

Rivets. Lots of rivets. The more the better.

Thick aluminum stock also work. The doctored clod hoppers may resemble Frankie's afterward. :D 

 

In truth - take the ski money and buy a pair of boot that fits. 

There are tons of info on that. You can start with following link.

 

 http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Just remember - You may date your skis but you marry your boots. 

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
That doesn't sound like much fun. I'll try to eBay the boots and buy better ones. Thanks,
Robert
post #4 of 19
New footbeds or liners.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by SuperBravo View Post

I'll try to eBay the boots and buy better ones. Thanks,
Robert
A sure fire recipe for success.icon13.gif

Boots are the most important ski gear you will own, so by all means, forge ahead with buying some packed out ones on eBait. Seriously, if your boots don't fit your feet like a firm handshake, you can't properly communicate your intentions to the skis. The best ski in the world is worthless without properly fitted boots.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Nonono, sell my boots on eBay and buy new ones from a bootfitter.
post #7 of 19

Dip them in epoxy and pancake syrup.   Worked great for mine but the mice nibble on them when I leave them in the garage off season.  

post #8 of 19
Finally bought new boots after 5 years. There tighter than a, anyway what a difference in response. Next level thank you.
post #9 of 19

Couple of thoughts.  You don't give any information on the type of skiing that you do or what you skill level along with your experience is so it does make it difficult to fairly comment.  However given you boot and ski selection (old and new ski) it does give rise to a few comments.

 

Boots are beginner intermediate level and Both skis are intermediate advanced level, second is the question of stiffing a boot, while it could be done hardly worth the effort as any experienced skier would know, which leads too buying on line.  There the though is generally yes or no. 

 

No if you have to ask or don't know enough about boots you are better getting it fitted by a professional as the little money invested will well served by the performance and fit you achieve.

 

Yes only if you know what you need and are willing to take the money risk.

 

In your case I would strongly and respectfully suggest is NO as you have asked the wrong questions and in terms of selling well you be better off getting some dollars from a Play it Again Store than eBay for the same reasons as noted above.

 

Leave the skis get new boots you'll be better served long term. 

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by SuperBravo View Post

Nonono, sell my boots on eBay and buy new ones from a bootfitter.

Misunderstood.  

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'll give a little more background- I skied from 5 to 9, took a break due to young twin brothers, picked it back up when I was 12 and have been skiing since (I'm 16). Just about until last year, my father has handled all of the ski gear buying and tuning stuff, but this year I became much more into skiing at the same time as he moved away from it. As such, I'm doing my best to figure everything out. I blindly chose the boots at the beginning of the season with no knowledge of anything that I should be looking for. I bought them because they fit beautifully, and were in my price range. Since then, especially after skiing on them, I have come to realize that they are totally not the boots I should have gotten.
As for my experience level, I feel comfortable getting down just about any trail but the steepest mogul run. Am I pretty? No, but I am working on getting better. I've also delved into some woods skiing as of late.
I hope that answers some questions. I appreciate the help.
post #12 of 19

If OP's only 16 years old they're hardly "marrying" their boots.  Odds are the feet may grow another size before they stop growing so the kid might only get a season or two out of whatever boots they ski this spring.

 

Regardless, the better the boots fit, the better the ski under them will perform to what the person above tries to make them do.

 

As for stiffening them up aren't there after market booster straps that will cinch down the cuffs a little more?  Won't make the shells harder though..

post #13 of 19

Half ass questions get half ass answers.

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

As for stiffening them up aren't there after market booster straps that will cinch down the cuffs a little more?  Won't make the shells harder though..

 

He could stiffen them up with an Intuition Power Wrap or similar; in a year or so he can take the liners and put them in whatever shell works then.

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
I'll just sell the ones I have and check out the "Who's who" list for a boot fitter. Thanks for the advice.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

He could stiffen them up with an Intuition Power Wrap or similar; in a year or so he can take the liners and put them in whatever shell works then.

Well, a PW might be worth another 5-8 points, but it will be half the price of a new pair of last season's decent boots. And 65-68 boots for a guy his size aren't much of an improvement. My 8 year old skis on 60 flex boots. Seriously. He weighs 72 lbs. 

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

Well, a PW might be worth another 5-8 points, but it will be half the price of a new pair of last season's decent boots. And 65-68 boots for a guy his size aren't much of an improvement. My 8 year old skis on 60 flex boots. Seriously. He weighs 72 lbs. 

Exactly.

post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by SuperBravo View Post

I'll just sell the ones I have and check out the "Who's who" list for a boot fitter. Thanks for the advice.


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Can't go wrong there.  Good luck. 

post #19 of 19

Ouch =( I tried the entry quest boots but I bought a pair from last years model shelf instead, better boot, fit way better and the price was the same.

 

The Quest 60 is a womans? boot and probably the softest boot they have. 

 

Don´t overspend on new boots unless your feet have stopped growing (they likely haven´t) and don´t buy a size up to grow in. Browse the last years and older shelf.

Chalk it up as an learning experience, but do more research next time =) 

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