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softening race boots?

post #1 of 10
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I have a pair of salomon worldcup course boots-, they are amazing to ski on but a bit on the stiff side. What is the best way to soften them, is it true most of the stiffness of a boot comes from the back cuff so cutting down the front wont do a lot- would it make any difference? I shall probably take one of the rivets out of the back but ive heard stuff about cutting a v shape into the back of the cuff for the salomon course making it softer-how does this work and are they any other common methods for softening a boot?
thanks for any ideas
post #2 of 10
to answer one of the questions, cutting the V in the back allows the shell to flex together when you flex the boot. Some boots (rossi and nordica for example) have some models that have a hard/soft adjustment in the back. The boot already has a V cut in, but in the hard setting, usually a small plastic piece inserts in the V to keep it from flexing together. Bigger the V the more flex. Hope this helps some. If in doubt, ask your boot fitter.

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post #3 of 10
slalomking, Having the v cut in the rear cuff helps soften the boot. A boot fitter can also take some material off the lower part of the front cuff. I have the Course boot but I think it's different than yours. What is the flex index on yours?
post #4 of 10
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> You can do the cutting with a Dremel tool.
But I would rather let an experienced bootfitter do it. It is too easy to ruin a boot if you cut too much or in a wrong place. Also make sure you did every other possible adjustment before cutting.

post #5 of 10
Remove the heel pins first (one at a time). Like the Lange's, these can stiffen or soften the boot. There may be no need for boot surgery. Avoid it if you can.
post #6 of 10
Our boot guy makes a hole at the bottom of the V notch with a small hot nail. If you just make a cut to a V, this can cause a running crack to form as the shell flexes. I would assume that you could use a small drill bit on the Dremel to stop drill for the same effect.
post #7 of 10

The pins on Lange's are Vertical. My bad. If the pins in question are horizontally placed, they you are right; both will need to be removed to have a symmetric affect.

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post #8 of 10
Why don't you guys open the upper buckle and velcro band if skiing in the fresh snow.

Than you can leave your boots intakt, for skiing the hard pack
post #9 of 10

There's a big difference between a boot that is softer, vs a boot that doesn't contact your shin for a while.
post #10 of 10
Two additional ideas.
1. Talk to Salomon sports
2. Since boots are expensive to fit, take some time to brake in, why not go to a professional boot fitter and see what they think about the various options expressed on this thread.
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