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Ski Boots - How tight is too tight?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hi there, just an inquiry regarding tightness of proper fitted ski boots. I was professioanlly fitted into a pair of Lange Vector ski boots. They, like most other performance ski boots, are tight in the upright position stance but more confortable in the flex position. I do receive some cramps in my foot after a period of time, however, and it can get quite painful. Am I securing my boots to tightly? I have gotten into the habit of just clamping them confortable without forcing them closed....and this has helped a bit.

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 22
The only two buckles that really matter are the ones nearest the ankle - i.e. the one at the bottom of the cuff, and the one nearest the cuff on the foot.
The toe buckle is, IMHO, irrelevant.
The top cuff buckle should be done up, but not tight. To keep the inner close to your leg, use the strap, or buy a booster strap.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
The only two buckles that really matter are the ones nearest the ankle - i.e. the one at the bottom of the cuff, and the one nearest the cuff on the foot.
The toe buckle is, IMHO, irrelevant.
The top cuff buckle should be done up, but not tight. To keep the inner close to your leg, use the strap, or buy a booster strap.
In addition, the buckles should be able to be undone fairly easily with your index finger. If the boots are fit properly you will fill most of the volume and buckle the boot snugly, not tightly around your leg and ankle. The toe buckle does help to keep the forefoot stabilized but is the least important one.

If your feet become cramped or cold then you might be buckling the boot too tight. I can ski all day in my boots and not experience any discomfort.
post #4 of 22
Buy a Booster strap. The other buckles should be just tight enough to close snuggly. Good advice on above. If fit properly, the foot should be stable with little movement with the exception of the toes. They should be able to wiggle
post #5 of 22
1-2 cm behind the heel, when the liner is removed and the toes are just touching the front, and 1-2 mm around the rest of the foot, when it is centered front to back.

And what all the other guys said.

Also DONT where the boots to the hill, out for B fast, or dancing. They are SKI boots
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by mntlion

Also DONT where the boots to the hill, out for B fast, or dancing. They are SKI boots
Then what do you expect the Brits to wear on their feet all week?
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan
Then what do you expect the Brits to wear on their feet all week?
OK, so you've met me in Whistler before, but it wasn't my fault, and I did change out of them by 9pm, and...
post #8 of 22
Too tight is when the eyes bug out.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
See the problem was me and my buddy planned to get one more run in and ski to the east side of the mountain where we had parked....however the jerk lift operator decided not to let us on so we basically had to walk over a kilometer in our ski boots to the car. Of course I unbuckled and switched into "walk" mode, however, it still did a toll on my foot....not made for walking that's for sure!
post #10 of 22
The boots should be too tight for the first half dozen days.
post #11 of 22
Respectfully, Ghost, I don't know about that "too tight for the first half-dozen days" thing...

You can do a lot of damage to yourself in one day of skiing with overly-tight boots, working under the assumption that they will pack out.

I have a permanent G.A.* bunion on my "sixth toe" area from one day (!)in slightly undersized boots. It ballooned up the day-of and has never gone away, despite switching boots and relieving all pressure on it. Hurts, but surgery's out, sez the doc. So mebbe be careful about slinging advice to the unsuspecting kiddies out there...:

-Shawn

*Giant-As$
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the great feedback....and Yes I only wear my boots to ski!

On a separate note, I have superfeet insoles in my boots. How much better are customer footbeds? I have had some work done to my boots (ie. pagging, liner stretch) because I used to always get the damn black toe. My toes are actually a bit sore now again, but I think it's from the walking.

Honestly, would I notice a significant confort level difference if I got a custom footbed?
post #13 of 22
that would depend, most folks here would say yes, But I just had the experience of sking in a new pair of boots that were set up so well that I actually skiied better in the stock bed and was more comfortable and stable than with my customs. I think you need to experiment.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Finndog
I think you need to experiment.

It was the first year of Uni, I had had a few too many beers one night and, well you know.

Oh wait, Nevermind
post #15 of 22
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See the problem was me and my buddy planned to get one more run in and ski to the east side of the mountain where we had parked....however the jerk lift operator decided not to let us on so we basically had to walk over a kilometer in our ski boots to the car. Of course I unbuckled and switched into "walk" mode, however, it still did a toll on my foot....not made for walking that's for sure!
That nothing. Last month, I was skinning up st.marys glacier to do James peak. Got to the top of the glacer and found out the snow had all been blown away. Walked 4 miles in my boots over icy rocks.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Ouch! Hope you had them on "walk mode" :
post #17 of 22
My boots are the best fit I've ever had; the boot shell fits me, and it makes all the difference. But they are horrible to walk in. I slipped over twice today, in the same spot, and sprained my thumb both times! I could not believe the second time, it just wasn't fair.
post #18 of 22
ant! No way! You finally have boots that fit and now this?!?!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by ShawnB
Respectfully, Ghost, I don't know about that "too tight for the first half-dozen days" thing...

You can do a lot of damage to yourself in one day of skiing with overly-tight boots, working under the assumption that they will pack out.

I have a permanent G.A.* bunion on my "sixth toe" area from one day (!)in slightly undersized boots. It ballooned up the day-of and has never gone away, despite switching boots and relieving all pressure on it. Hurts, but surgery's out, sez the doc. So mebbe be careful about slinging advice to the unsuspecting kiddies out there...:

-Shawn

*Giant-As$
I guess we need a definition of too too-tight.

I wouldn't wear them for more than 1/2 hour with my foot going to sleep.

I would advise against taking them to the hill if they become painful within 10 minutes. Painful is like having some 200 lb guy step on your toes.
post #20 of 22
Ant: c'mon spill it. What kind of boots did you finally end up with?
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by ant
My boots are the best fit I've ever had; the boot shell fits me, and it makes all the difference. But they are horrible to walk in. I slipped over twice today, in the same spot, and sprained my thumb both times! I could not believe the second time, it just wasn't fair.
C'mon, ant?!

Cat tracks?
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by ssh
C'mon, ant?!

Cat tracks?
Sounds like he bought "ant eaters" with all of the falling
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