To make a pretty long and unattracive story short, few if any people have had worse chronic shin bang problems than I've had, with 4 different brands of high performance boots. In 1992, finally found the brand that works for me - although they aren't perfect, I've been in various Salomons ever since. Just got into my 3rd pair of (extensively modified) Salomons, the Crossmax 10.0.
I've also used the elastic Booster straps since they first came out, around mid-1990's. They seem fairly popular here in the Wasatch and I've seen all kinds of ways and places that people put various cuff straps. To me, the simplest method with the Boosters is to attach them to the rear of the shell, tucked just inside the velcro strap, wrap them externally around the front of the shell, cinch the strap buckles and boot buckles to whatever tension you like, and lastly, wrap the velcro strap around the outside of the elastic. If anything, I believe that the buckled elastic Booster is such a superior substitute for the velcro strap, actually removing the velcro strap seems to make practically no difference at all.
The main idea is to tie everything - shell, liner and tongue - all together, which eliminates the impactive slop between the upper cuff and shin area, but without needing to crank it down uncomfortably tight. It mostly solved my very lean bony shin problems, and improves performance too, especially on hard snow and bumps.
Hope this is helpfull. See you on the hill....
[ December 20, 2003, 10:48 PM: Message edited by: Pilot 3D ]