I am in Nordica Dobermann WC130 with lace up liners and bolted down fiber (not the previous aluminum) boot boards. We did the standard static cuff alignment bit of standing in the bare shells at a functional width, on my custom orthotics right on top of the bolted down boot boards (without the liners) to check for an even gap all around my calf with the shells buckled normally. We then aligned both cuffs as far to the inside as they would each go to even up the spacing all around my calf to the shell cuffs. These boots have dual adjustable pivots and all 4 are now maxed to the inside. Been skiing that way for over 125 days in these boots and the other day one of my coaches asked me about a slight chatter he saw on my left ski when turning to the right, on slalom skis on grippy firm snow. I said I noticed it too pretty consistently on grippy firm snow and just figured I was weaker turning to the right than left. He suspected alignment and had me stuff a quarter inch of trail maps inside the top of my cuff between the liner and the shell, in the left boot on the outside of my calf. The chatter instantly went away, so he was dead on correct! Now that we know what works from a dynamic perspective what would be reasonable permanent fixes to consider with my fitter? I am currently considering applying some foam wedges under gorilla tape to the outside of the liner to more permanently (and comfortably) replace the trail maps, as I'm a bit afraid of having anyone mechanically modify the pivots - for fear of going too far, permanent damage, etc. Any thoughts? These boots were working well for me and now they are even better - except that the lump of trail maps cause some discomfort!
Best way to further adjust Nordica Dobermann Cuffs
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work with your fitter on this, but you should be able to have a pad of foam made up (taper the edges so you don'rt feel the transition) and have that replace the trail maps, it may be that you could do with the shells being planed but without a full assessment this is not something you should be considering, if you want to go this route in the future i would suggest that when you get a new boot you work with a fitter who can assess your alignment needs fully and do whatever needs to be done to the boot
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Thank you Colin, that is the most reasonable path forward for the time being. My fitter is currently traveling so for the next couple of weeks I need something better than the uncomfortable trail map solution, and am just not able to get any sort of qualified assessment until he returns. I certainly wouldn't consider any modification that isn't reversible at this point.
I was actually thinking of basically what you suggested except that I didn't have any proper adhesive backed foam. I tried to order some "boot fitting foam" from a boot fitting supply house in Denver last Sunday by placing an order over the web, and paid back then by Paypal, etc. They haven't got around to shipping out my order yet so last night I cut a section of closed cell foam from an extra computer mouse pad, and then taped it in place with Gorilla Tape (a very sticky strong duct tape) to try skiing with it today instead of the stack of trail maps. While I was skiing today tt seemed to accomplish the same positive things as the stack of paper, but was more comfortable, and I didn't have to shift it around to find a tolerable spot!