Originally Posted by willyofoz
Thanks for the tips.
I`ve updated location as we are no longer in Switzerland
At the moment only a thickish ski sock goes in the boot. The bruise is exactly at the top of the cuff, looking at it without the boots I thought that would be in the boot. Thin ski sock definitely in order at a minimum. I also had a longer bruise in similar spot on the right leg but it started in the same place was less pronounced and about 6 inches long.
Measurements, feet 28cm, calves at the liner 43.8 cm, boots Lange Super Blaster 120 size 29.5. They were custom fit in Switzerland and the fitter took pride in displaying my widened boots vs the standard so he stretched them out a lot.
Could they have shrunk? Ive had them 4 years with no activity last season.
Thanks for all your help.
Read through the above article and do a "shell check" for us.
You / (anyone) would get bruises from banging around in things. Your boots are too big! You are a 28, skiing in a 29.5 boot--- partly
because you have large calves. This larger boot feels better because, when you put it on you could stand more upright in it---
BUT--- this is because your heels are not in the back of the boot. Look for lint (an indicator) in and around the heel of the
footbed of your boot. if your heel were in the back, there would not be any lint back there.
Large calves push the leg forward, if you then move your leg to a more upright stance, this pushes your calf
muscle into the back of the upper cuff which in turn pushes your feet forward in the shell. This would cause fore/aft balance
problems and most often get you into the back seat. More than likely you can feel your feet moving around in there as you
ski and may even be trying to grip the boot by curling your toes---no fun! Sadly you will have all these problems as long as
you have these boots.
There is no way to make a big boot smaller, the only solution is to get into the right size boot (shell check) and have
them modified to fit your width and calf size (Wow 43.8cm / 17 inch calves) All of this can be done,but not to the boots you
now have, since you would still be moving around in there.
see the tool Bob (bootdr) mentioned here: http://southernski.com/toe-jam-spreader-ultimate-cuff-stretcher.html
The problem with using a wine bottle to stretch boot cuffs for calf muscles is, you may not get the same amount of forward lean in both the
right and left boot and this would adversely affect your fore/aft balance symmetry for you.