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Looking to make my boot tighter: Options?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I decided to be cheap and but a pair of boots from sniagrab in denver...I love the boots...the only problem is that they are too loose...of course I went with the Saltos instead of the Lange because at the store the Lange felt wicked tight and the Saltos were super comfortable...

well now the saltos are a little too loose...i have to wear thick socks which I don't mind that much or two pairs of soxs..

on cold days this is no fun as my feet freeze...

I just need the boots to be about 1 latch tighter..unfortunately they are all the way tight...

1. Is there a heating system for boots that isn't insanely expensive?
2. Is there a quick fix to make my boots tighter by adding a custom footbed or by buying a new Liner??

anyways any advice would be much appreciated...

I'd consider myself a level 3 skier blacks and up.
post #2 of 18
Your boots are at least a shell size too large.

The not-insanely-expensive boot heat is called Never-b-cold. It looks ghetto, works well.

You ultimately need to buy new boots.
-Garrett
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yea new boots would be nice...however, I needed new skis..I just moved out to colorado...the boots were only like 70 bucks so It wouldn't be too bad to buy new ones...however, for now i just need a little tighter...not even that much..

thanks for the quick response.
post #4 of 18
Next time please remember that the boots are 1000 times more important than the skis.

The ugly and dirty way to make a boot more snug is to start wrapping bootfoam around the liner. Cut a piece of foam in the shape of the insole, insert it under the insole. Then cut a large piece in this shape |><| and wrap it over the top of the liner near the instep, glue or duct tape on. A couple of L pad shapes can help hold your heel.

None of this will really fix the underlying issue. Sorry.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hey thanks for the quick and dirty advance...im pretty handy so Ill try that out....The thing is im pretty comfortable with the boots and they have pretty good control...Might buy some new boots in the future..but for now ill jimmy rig them!

Thanks guys
post #6 of 18
The first step is to shell fit. With the liner removed, your foot in the shell only, and your toes touching the front of the boot, you should have NO MORE then 2 fingers, 2 cm or ¾ inch between your heel and the back of the boot. ANy more then that all the padding in the world will not feel as good as the correct shell size.


If you are going to pad them up try a second foot bed below the first one, but reall just buy boots that fit
post #7 of 18
How about placing a boot sole shim underneath the line over the boot board. Maybe some duct tape on the sides of the liner to shim and take up some space. Certainly not the perfect solution, but should take up some volume.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
A sole shim? what is that...sonds like a good idea...and I don't mind ducttape!
post #9 of 18
Tognar Toolworks (www.tognar.com, or 800-299-9904) has boot fitting materials, including dense foam.

A sole shim is an insole that, when placed between the boot shell and the liner, will position the foot higher in the boot. Tognar has them in 1/16 and 1/8 in thicknesses. If you have boots with a high instep and your feet have a low instep, they will help fill the gap.
post #10 of 18
The most natural solution is to drink a ton of booze. Your feet will swell. Do it regularly, they'll stay that way. It's hard work, and a bit pricey though to keep your feet in shape every night and some mornings as well, so usually, only genuinely dedicated skiers choose this option. happy holidays...
post #11 of 18
Sell 'em on ebay to someone they fit, then buy ones that fit YOU.

Galyans is running some super deals on Langes at the moment, picked up some CRL 90's for $125.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tigerpaw
The most natural solution is to drink a ton of booze. Your feet will swell. Do it regularly, they'll stay that way. It's hard work, and a bit pricey though to keep your feet in shape every night and some mornings as well, so usually, only genuinely dedicated skiers choose this option. happy holidays...
Ahhhh didn't think I've that...Ill start immediatley
post #13 of 18
I like crudmeister's suggestion best....You can pick up these "bontex" shims (pressed cardboard) at any reputable shop for a couple bucks and install them yourself. They will likely solve your immeadiate problem the most effectively.
post #14 of 18
You may also want to try inserting tongue pads. That will allow your top buckles to feel tighter while also pulling your heel back a bit but you'll probably have an issue with toe bang if you are skiing on steep terrain or moguls. In which case you'll also want to add some foam to the toe box area or a foot (insole) shim to take up some volume. Again the best solution is new boots properly sized but for a quick fix one of the above suggestions will work.
post #15 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tigerpaw
The most natural solution is to drink a ton of booze. Your feet will swell. Do it regularly, they'll stay that way. It's hard work, and a bit pricey though to keep your feet in shape every night and some mornings as well, so usually, only genuinely dedicated skiers choose this option. happy holidays...
And salty food. Lot's o preztels, olives, salami, mustard, ham....
post #16 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion
The first step is to shell fit. With the liner removed, your foot in the shell only, and your toes touching the front of the boot, you should have NO MORE then 2 fingers, 2 cm or ¾ inch between your heel and the back of the boot. ANy more then that all the padding in the world will not feel as good as the correct shell size.


If you are going to pad them up try a second foot bed below the first one, but reall just buy boots that fit
This is the way to do it (if you do get a chance to buy new boots). I just bought new Atomic T10s a few days ago, the place I got them from is a really nice ski shop, and the salesmen did the shell test first.

One other thing to keep in mind is that usually people's feet are different sizes. My left foot is a 1/2 size larger than my right. Even with that, I sized the boots down for my smaller foot. It's easier to make boots a little bigger than to fill space up (unfortunately).
post #17 of 18
2 seconds here
1st: ya need new boots. What size are you? perhaps one of us can help you out.
2nd: contact tognar, they have what you need....& even what you don't...I seem to become a boot collector (tough to fit feet, even my boot fitter agreed). I have gotten all sorts of foam/ fit aids & most recently (read: xmas present to feet) a boot spreader from tognar. It is the coolest & best working tool I own!!!
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by acsguitar
I just need the boots to be about 1 latch tighter..unfortunately they are all the way tight...
I am assuming that you cannot move the catch buckles back more.

I have had to do this to all my past boots to make them tight enough. some are riveted in place but this does not mean it can't be moved find a good fit shop and they should be able to give you a few more nothches. Or perhaps new bails with shorter throw will give you another notch. I'm not intimately familiar with that boot to know.

if you go with new boots and have small volume feet try the Lange Freeride 120's or the Lange Pininfarina 130'. The Pininfarina's are tighter.

Mark
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