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Should you always get shell/liner heat molded?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I just purchased a set of Salomon xpro 90 boots and the salesman told me that I shouldn't necessarily get the shell and liner heat molded automatically.


I'm coming from a boot that I had for about 10 years and I hated them because of the pain I always had in my feet after wearing them.  The xpro feels much better on my feet right out of the box and I just assumed that you would automatically heat mold both since the option is available on the boot?


The salesman told me that if they feel snug but comfortable out of the box I should wear them around the house for a few days before deciding whether to heat mold them.  Something about how heat molding them could actually loosen the feel on my foot.  I'm going on a week long ski trip next week and I would like to get this taken care of before then.


Is there really any negative to going ahead and having both heat molded?

post #2 of 5
In spite of all the rumors, wearing them around the house does not do anything except get your feet used to being in the boot.

If the boots were "comfy" out of the box and not "very snug" out of the box, there are high odds you are in a boot thats too big for you.
post #3 of 5
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I'm not saying they're "comfy," I'm just saying they're comfortable by ski boot standards.  They're the same size as my previous ski boots, which were the least comfortable pair of anything I've ever owned in my life.  These are definitely "very snug," my question is just should I 100% get them heat molded (shell and/or liner) even if they're already snug?  


Is there any possible negative to getting the shell and liner heat molded?  I have just always assumed you automatically do it if the option is available, but the salesman is saying that's not the case.  

post #4 of 5

I would not heat mold them yet. Ski them for several days before making that decision. (unless you have specific hot spots already)


Where are you going on your trip? see if there is a fitter near where you are headed. 


If you heat mold them, they will most likely "stretch" a little. Then when the liner packs out, your foot will be loose.


FYI you don't mention what your old boot was. Also we can't see your feet or measurements. the Xpro is fairly wide boot and we don't know if you were shell fitted to confirm, or just told them your old boot size and went with the same for the new one.



The negative about heat molding them now is it's kind of a one way thing. While they may shrink back a little after a heat mold, if you go too far, they may be too big when the liners pack out a bit.


If you wait, and the liner packs out and then they fit properly, you are golden.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

^ Thanks, that sounds similar to the salesman's explanation and makes sense.  I think he was very knowledgeable and wasn't trying to screw me in anyway, I just wanted a second opinion.  His thinking was basically that you can't undo the heat molding, so if they stretch a little and I don't need them to, I'm S.O.L.


My old boot is a Nordica and I honestly couldn't tell you much else about it, other than that I never had it heat molded either.  I'm no gear head but I skied enough (one or two trips a year) that it was still worth it to me to have my own boots, and I didn't know anything was wrong with it because other than a few rentals I had never skied with any other boots.  At first the pain was excruciating to the point that they were unusable, but I figured out that I had them buckled too tightly and though they were still very uncomfortable and it was painful to walk in the evenings after wearing them, they were at least usable.  The bulk of my pain was on the outer-sides and along the bottom of the arch.  I have a pretty regular foot and have never had any issues with any other footwear I've ever owned.  


One thing that did appeal to me about the xpro was the wide toe room you referenced.  I went in with the intentions of just asking my Nordica boot that had been causing me so much pain over the years was too small and/or if there was anything I could do about it.  He measured my foot and told me that the boot was indeed the right length, but I wanted to try on some others and I decided I liked the xpro enough to go ahead and buy it.  I didn't want to have miserable foot pain skiing 6 of 7 days next week.


I wear a size 12 shoe and he fitted me for a 28.5 boot.  Even though I wear a size 12 shoe, I probably show as an 11.5 on the slider, which would explain the 28.5 over the 29 based on some online charts I see?


I'm an intermediate to advanced skier, but because I live on the East Coast I just don't ski enough to notice subtle nuances in the boot or its performance.  Also, because I've never had a "comfortable" boot, it's hard for me to say whether this new boot needs any tinkering or not.  By the standard of my old boot it's comfortable, but maybe it's a 7 and I could be getting a 10 if I knew what a 10 felt like?

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