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What makes race boots cold?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Race boots have this reputation.

... Is it the thin liner?

... the type or thickness of the shell's plastic?

... the close fit that cramps the foot?

... or something else?

post #2 of 9

Snow and air temperatures make them cold, a warm fire makes them warm.

 

Were you asking what makes a skier's feet cold in them?

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well, yeah.

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

Race boots have this reputation.

... Is it the thin liner?

... the type or thickness of the shell's plastic?

... the close fit that cramps the foot?

... or something else?

 

 

thin liner (less insulation), with a tight shell fit (less blood flow) = cold toes (but good performance)

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks, mntlion.

 

Is there anything different in the formula for the shell's plastic that might account for reputation of causing cold feet?


How about the thickness of the sole?  Cold can creep in from down there, too.  

post #6 of 9

Thickness of the sole is identical to rec boots.  Plastic formulation is stiffer but I doubt that dramatically affects insulation value although I admit I'm not certain.

post #7 of 9

Wonder if boot boards are made of different materials?

 

I know my XMax's have very light weight and "airey" boot boards under the liner, so they would be more insulating than say a high density plastic. Do race boots usually have heavier more solid boot boards or do they even have removable boot boards?

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

So... tight shell fit and thin liner is the reason, as far as all of you are aware.  

Have I got that right?

post #9 of 9

yes

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