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How to install Salomon shin plates

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Hello friendly boot fitters,

 

I recently bought a pair of Salomon X3-Lab Soft boots on extreme closeout from a local shop and thought I would give them a try. One size too big, but I was looking for a warm, comfortable boot with reasonable performance -- something I could stand in all day, but still skis well. However, I can't figure out how to mount the shin plates, and can't find any instructions online or photos of one properly installed. I have to say that the plates seem very small, making precise installation seemingly important. Unlike other boots I've had, these Salomon's do not have the mounting hole location marked.

 

My questions are:

1) How/where do I install them?

2) Are the Nordica plates better? I have several and the Salomon plates seem like they would need to be installed quite precisely.

 

Also, what are your thoughts on Booster straps for these boots. I mounted a set to try for weekend, but they seem to change the flex patter of the boot quite a bit. I'm generally a huge fan of Boosters, but will have to try and see on these. Salomon makes a big deal about the design of their power strap, but I don't know if that is marketing or if there is some reality in there too. The boot does seem to put a lot of stress on the strap.

 

Thank you for your help!

post #2 of 9

shin plates?  can you post a picture of this?


now "big" is this boot?  shell fit is ??mm

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

 

No idea how to determine shell fit in millimeters. Call it a generous two fingers. It's a 305 sole length, I generally use a 295. Big enough to wiggle my toes.

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No idea how to determine shell fit in millimeters. Call it a generous two fingers. It's a 305 sole length, I generally use a 295. Big enough to wiggle my toes.

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

read through the above article and do a "shell check" as described.  It might have been cheap, but there is no advantage to having a loose fit---ever!!!

 

mike

post #5 of 9
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback on the sizing and I will keep that in mind. What I am hoping for is specific information on placement of the shin plate before I start randomly drilling holes. Also looking for any experience on using this boot with the included strap versus a booster strap.

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Originally Posted by billgreen View Post
 

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback on the sizing and I will keep that in mind. What I am hoping for is specific information on placement of the shin plate before I start randomly drilling holes. Also looking for any experience on using this boot with the included strap versus a booster strap.

Line it up with the Tongue of the liner and mark the holes on the inside piece of the upper shell---drill 2 holes, 1 upper and 1 lower and mount with T nuts.

 

I would try the boot with the provided strap as it will keep the liner and tongue closed around your leg---the booster will stretch and not pull the shell forward as much, IMHO which takes out some of the jounce and rebound of the boot shell.

 

mike

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Mike! A kind member just sent me a PM with the manual from Salomon that suggests a different mounting, so I think I will try that. I skied this past weekend with the Booster. I'll put the stock strap on for this weekend.

 

post #8 of 9
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Mike, I spent the weekend in coach boots (stand around boots), but went out for a few runs this morning. Thanks for the tip on using the stock strap instead of the booster. It definitely improved the boot.

post #9 of 9

good stuff.

 

mike

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