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Effect of foot bed...

post #1 of 5
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Will a different foot bed have big impact on my balance / how skis are engaged/disengaged?

 

I had a new foot bed done in the summer by a different boot fitter. First time I ski this year, felt my balance is totally off. Ski few more days then attended a training course and for the life of me, I can't move my balance forward and when asked to do a side slip to slide down the hill, I can't fully disengage the downhill ski so can't slide.

 

Went home and swap in my old foot bed, try it again on my own - different hill different day. But... even after first 100m, I felt I am in much better fore/aft balance and much more comfortable skiing. Tried the same drills and I can at least make them work.

 

I don't think I (skier) can change THAT much after a few rest days hence the question.

post #2 of 5

since you have already experienced the 2 different footbeds on snow, is it safe to assume that your question is rhetorical?

 

footbeds are only as good as the person that cast, built, and interfaced it to your boot....

 

jim

post #3 of 5

Your problem might be as simple as the new foot bed not sitting flat in the liner because the bottom is too wide for the floor of the liner.

 

Compare the bottom width (flat area across the bottom of the heel to just behind the met heads) of both the new and old foot beds.  If the new ones are wider, it is likely climbing the medial side of the liner and rolling your foot out, into an inverted position. which would explain the problem you have with side slipping the skis with the new foot beds.

 

So the solution might be as simple as having the foot beds ground correctly.  Of course, all of this is assuming they are posted correctly.

 

mike

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post
 

since you have already experienced the 2 different footbeds on snow, is it safe to assume that your question is rhetorical?


Its definitely not rhetorical... I understand and bought into the benefits of a footbed but didn't really think it can produce counter effect hence the question. In this case, I truly am surprised about how it affected the overall results. 

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by miketsc View Post
 

Your problem might be as simple as the new foot bed not sitting flat in the liner because the bottom is too wide for the floor of the liner.

 

Good point Mike... will check that.

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