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Custom insole for tele boot or not?

post #1 of 7
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Anyone here who cross over from alpine to tele, and if you use custom footbed in your alpine boot, do you take it over to the tele boot (or have a new one made)? 

 

Or do you think it's not needed in tele (since the heel is free)? 

post #2 of 7

I've always had custom insoles in my tele boots - being free heel doesn't really make any difference; it's all between your foot and the boot's last/size/bellows flex.  Presumably you have an unusual enough foot to require the custom insole, so there' a reasonable chance you'll need them in your tele boots, but it all depends on how a given boot matches up with your unique foot.  Try it with the stock insole for a bit and see what happens, then decide from there. Chances are your Alpine boot insole won't fit in your tele boot without some adjustments, or at least a baking of the liner.  I tried moving insoles between boots - it's enough of a PIA that I just get new insoles with new boots.  

post #3 of 7

Its all about the fit. I have a very stiff custom foot bed in my alpine boots, and a flexible pair made by the same boot fitter for my tele boots.

 

Just because I'm wearing a different boot doesn't mean my feet have become a less odd shape.

post #4 of 7

The alpine footbed - let's say it is correctly ramped and posted for the tele boots you're using, which isn't a given - may not  leave enough room for the forefoot of your back foot to bend into. 

post #5 of 7

Not intended as a thread hijack, but should tele/backcountry boots fit as snug as downhill boots, particularly if being used for some touring?  

 

I just ordered a pair of Scarpa T4s in a mondo 27.  My street shoe is a 10.5/11.  My Lange alpine boots are 26.5.  

 

These boots will be used with a not-too-wide backcountry ski, the Madshus Epoch.  

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Originally Posted by ADKS View Post
 

Not intended as a thread hijack, but should tele/backcountry boots fit as snug as downhill boots, particularly if being used for some touring?  

 

In the ankle and heel - yes, or you're begging for blisters or sore ankles or both.   In the forefoot, not so much. 

Going a size up in a T4 - hmmmm.    Let us know how that turns out. 

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

In the ankle and heel - yes, or you're begging for blisters or sore ankles or both.   In the forefoot, not so much. 

Going a size up in a T4 - hmmmm.    Let us know how that turns out. 

Thanks.  I was able to try on a few T4s recently, but not a 27.  Based on my shoe size, they started me in a 29, which was too big.  The 28 was getting closer, but I didn't have time to try more.  It felt like a 27 would do the trick.  I'll see, since my 26 downhill boots are definitely on the snug side for my size foot.  If the T4s are too big I can exchange or return them.  

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