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Should I return my boots?

post #1 of 9
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i posted here on the problems ive been experiencing with my new ski boots.  Last year i bought a pair of Head Project Professional boots and after getting the sides punched out and installing a footbed i still suffer from excruciating pain along the outer metatarsal bone.  My friend thinks that professional boots are very narrow and stiff and that i may be better off with a more recreational ski boot. thing is i tried on so many boots and this pair felt the most snug and secure.  Just thought i would see if any of you have more suggestions

 

thanks

post #2 of 9

Maybe the liners are way too tight.  If so, no amount of work on the shells will fix the problem.

 

I had a similar problem with a pair of boots once.  Turns out, all I had to do was cut the liner.  I did it in stages, first cutting a couple of  expansion sIits so my little toe side could spill out, and then when I realized that that was only relatively better (sitting with my feet in a bucket of ice water instead of skiing on a Sunday after skiing all day Saturday), removed the bottom part of the liner altogether.  Boots no longer cause pain.

post #3 of 9

And everyone should read the previous threads in which you asked first the boot buys and then us to diagnose the problem with your "professional" boots.  The answers in those two previous threads were the same.  You need to go see a competent and knowledgeable boot fitter to get your problems sorted out.  I don't understand why that seems so difficult to grasp.:nono:

post #4 of 9

First attempt, you posted in the "ask the boot guys" section and very little response because ONLY approved boot fitters can respond there. When only one responds and gives you a good answer, if the rest of the fitters agree, they won't bother adding more information. What's the point? Starthaus is one of the instructors (and founders I think) for the Masterfit University. The organization that teaches the rest of the fitters how to fit boots properly.  They are Professional boot fitters, most are Cpeds as well and for the most part they all know and respect each others knowledge. He was one of my instructors when I got certified as a master fitter.

 

A standard "cut to fit" foot bed while helpful is often not enough. You probably need a custom made foot bed. You mention that in hockey skates you had a similar problem even with custom molded skates. Did you have custom foot beds in those? Did you think a ski boot would be different if you don't stabilize your foot well?

 

While the boot may say "pro" on it, it's still a ski boot and if your feet are not stabilized yet mobile, and the boot shape is not the same as your foot, there will be issues. Did you go through all the "Boot Fitting Which Boot Will Work For Me" and answer the questions honestly? Have you actually worked with a fitter extensively or just have them "punch" the boot and add a "standard" cut to fit foot bed.  You mentioned it helped.. Did you consider that a foot bed made specifically for your foot and issues might be a whole lot better than an off the shelf version?

 

Go find a good fitter and get it fixed instead of trying to self diagnose it. I'm a certified master fitter and I still consult with the other pros because they have a heck of a lot more experience than I do.

 

DC

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

no need to be rude. and as i mentioned a professional boot fitter sold me the boots...why is that so difficult to grasp? 

post #6 of 9

If you think that's rude, try asking the same question on TGR.


Edited by mtcyclist - 4/7/15 at 5:41pm
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by jasonmiller74 View Post
 

no need to be rude. and as i mentioned a professional boot fitter sold me the boots...why is that so difficult to grasp


Well you did post the similar question 3 times asking the general public instead of working with your fitter. Someone that should be able to assist you.

 

Did you read the thread/article I mentioned? it has several "better or worse" questions that would help guide diagnosis. Even more so if you took those answers to your professional boot fitter.

post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by jasonmiller74 View Post
 

i posted here on the problems ive been experiencing with my new ski boots.  Last year i bought a pair of Head Project Professional boots and after getting the sides punched out and installing a footbed i still suffer from excruciating pain along the outer metatarsal bone.  My friend thinks that professional boots are very narrow and stiff and that i may be better off with a more recreational ski boot. thing is i tried on so many boots and this pair felt the most snug and secure.  Just thought i would see if any of you have more suggestions

 

thanks


1) The boots you bought are recreational; not especially stiff (105-115 adjustable, according to Head), nor especially narrow (98 mm last, freestyle design). 

2) The excruciating pain you mention is probably very mundane pressure from the shell pressing the 1st or 5th met (you don't mention which side of foot), fairly quick work for a fitter to punch.

3) If they feel snug and secure, they probably are a good fit for you. All you need is another punch. No biggie, having boots tweaked twice or three times is not unusual when looking for a good performance fit. Your friend's advice is wrong, unvarnished truth.  

4) The tone here reflects the idea that various members on various threads have taken their time to reply, you have pretty much already received all the good advice you're likely to need, so a good time to stop posting more requests until you've acted on what we've already said. Or decided to try TGR ;)

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k thanks

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