So last yr in UT, skiing in the same boots I have been on for 10 yrs. Technica, vento 8. Never had a problem before last year. Day 1 no problem just usual stuff (a little sore, inside ankle rub), Day 2 go to Alta, Fresh snow upper mountain, Pretty steep run, make a turn or two and my heel is lifting out of bottom of boot an inch or more, so I crank down on the middle two straps. By the end of the day my calf muscle wont move, Ankle stuck at 90degrees all day, rest of week miserable, need to keep boots to loose to ski anything steep. Tons of stretching pre and post ski. I go home and forget about it. I strap everything on last weekend and hit the local hill with the kids, everything pretty loose since I am skiing with a my kid who is making the transition from pie to parallel. Lower calf gets super sore again. The boots were barely strapped on.
So me - 44 yr old, 200lbs intermediate who skis 10 days a yr, 5-7 out west. I have been cycling and lifting more than ever. Just wondering if my calves grew enough to make these boots to painful to use. I have tried every which way when it comes to adjusting the fit via the ratchets. Not sure if this ratio is big, small, good or hard to fit. At top of boot, my calf is about 17 inches and my ankle is about 9.5 inches.
Leaving for UT in 2 weeks, at this point I think I am going to rent while out there. These things will be useless.
Is it the boots?
Any suggestions, could these boots be saved with inserts?
Is it time to get new boots?
Any suggestions in Park City?
Will arrive on Wednesday and not ski till Thursday, could I get fitted in a day and have them on my feet?
What does a pair of boots cost these days, could a set I use for the next 10 yrs be purchased for 500?
Like I said above, love skiing, only get 10 days yr in, don't see my skills getting more advanced, but love the challenge. I don't see the days increasing by more than another 3-5 as the kids come on line with skiing.
Not as concerned with the absolute best performance highest cost boots, but a little comfort that could keep me connected to my skis for the next ten years would be great.....
Thanks, in advance.