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post #1 of 8
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I have a horrible ski boot buying experience.  Probably I'm to blame since I didn't reject the boot, that had a pressure point on top of my foot, and left the ski store. So after spending $500 I have something I'm not happy with.  Human nature is to find faults elsewhere though and so I have the following questions:

 

1) Is it common for "hacked" ski boots in order to make them fit?  Hacked ski boots are boots that needed to be modified (i.e. cut) in order to make them comfortable.

 

2) Is custom fit just a selling fad with benefit for the manufacturer?  Quite a few brands heat up the boots in order to shape the outer shell to your feet.  Somehow I don't see how heating up the plastic and letting it cool down while you wear it causes the shape to improve.  Fisher's addition of air pressure might have some validity.  Personal experience, the custom fit didn't change the fit of the boot at all. 

 

3) Why do US ski stores not offer to sell rental equipment right at the end of the rental?  I understand that they hold an after season sale of old rental equipment and that sometimes there are demo days.  However, offering the equipment after the rental allows everyone to purchase what they have thoroughly tested and helps the rental equipment to be more up to date.  (I know InterSport in Austria does that.)

post #2 of 8

So why haven't you gone back to the store and asked them to fix the problem.  Yes it is common to need boot modifications for comfort.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

So why haven't you gone back to the store and asked them to fix the problem.  Yes it is common to need boot modifications for comfort.

 

Lou


I did. Ended up cutting a piece off the tongue to relieve a pressure spot. Tomorrow will tell if that solves it. 

 

Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist but I'd have liked a non cut-up boot that fits well for that much money.  This makes me feel like I have a broken patched up boot that needs replacing. 

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I did. Ended up cutting a piece off the tongue to relieve a pressure spot. Tomorrow will tell if that solves it. 

 

Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist but I'd have liked a non cut-up boot that fits well for that much money.  This makes me feel like I have a broken patched up boot that needs replacing. 

 

 

sure you would like to have a boot which isn't cut up and fits you right out the box, but tell me this, did your feet come out a box?

 

 modification to a ski boot is very common to deal with the lumps and bumps of the foot which we are trying to contain, people often look for the boot which "fits right out the box perfectly"  it is a rare thing indeed when you find it and normally you end up trading one problem for another...  your boot fitter would have been able (or should have been able) to make the modification to the tongue in a neat manner so that unless you knew it was there you wouldn't know it was there, the aim is always to resolve the problem in terms of take the pressure away from the single spot but where possible you want the boot to look to the untrained eye that it was designed like that/the modification was mean to be there.

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Now that the inside right edge of the tongue got trimmed the pressure isn't there anymore.  So that's a good thing.

 

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...  your boot fitter would have been able (or should have been able) to make the modification to the tongue in a neat manner so that unless you knew it was there you wouldn't know it was there, the aim is always to resolve the problem in terms of take the pressure away from the single spot but where possible you want the boot to look to the untrained eye that it was designed like that/the modification was mean to be there.

 

I'm not sure what "neat manner" means.  You can't tell anything if the insert is in the shell but looking at the insert I'm now a bit worried that some seams were cut that over time will allow the insert come apart.

 

post #6 of 8

Since the elastic on the "insert" / liner (black material) was cut, did you complain about the boots being hard to put on (get your instep past the throat of the boot)---that is usually the reason we cut the elastic.

 

You could remove the elastic entirely (in a neat manner)(might look better) and this will not effect the life of the liner.  The liner should hold up well as long as you don't pull it out too often, even if the seam is cut a little on top.  

 

mike

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Since the elastic on the "insert" / liner (black material) was cut, did you complain about the boots being hard to put on (get your instep past the throat of the boot)---that is usually the reason we cut the elastic.

 

No, the elastic was cut solely to give access to cut the edge of the tongue that caused pressure. You can't see that cut since it's inside (below the silver fabric with the slight cut/tear). Flattening the tongue out with heat didn't help

post #8 of 8

normally if you have to cut a tongue where you describe i would turn the liner inside out on itself to get access, it does look a little scrappy but shouldn't cause any long term problems 

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