Originally Posted by altagirl
Background Info: 5'9", 160lbs, 31 year old female skier. I ski 90% off-piste at Alta, typically ~100 days/yr and am just getting into the backcountry. I've been skiing for 21 years.
I'm currently skiing Salomon X-wave 9.0 women's boots and 160 SX:9's (for icy days), 167 Phat Luvs (alpine for trees, etc.), 174 Phat Luvs (AT), 178 Hippy Stinx (tele, with T-1's for boots), 178 G41's (rock skis) and 183 Gotamas (powder). I have a wide-ish forefoot, relatively narrow heel, narrow ankles and lower calves, but wider muscular calves. Medium to high arch, and I have custom footbeds in my boots.
I'm just copying my background info - this time I have a question about my alpine boots.
I've been using Salomon Women's X-Wave 9.0's for the past year and a half or so. This season I noticed my ankles are starting to swim around in them. When I purchased them we went with the narrowest heel boot that we could get the rest of my foot into. My forefoot is fairly wide. About a week ago, I went to my bootfitter and he added a heel cup and some padding to go around each side of my achilles. This really helped... for about 2 days. My heels are still coming up and ankles shifting around.
1. I just noticed the different colored buckle (the one over your instep) can be shifted so it buckles back at an angle toward your heel instead of straight down to the ground. Should I adjust this? (I figure I might as well try - it looks easy enough to switch back).
2. Can more padding be added above my ankle? Like onto the tongue or some such thing to take up space? I'm already buckling them tight enough that I have to be a contortionist and wrap my arm around the back of my leg to get enough leverage to close that buckle and it's still not tight enough.
3. Should I just be in a different boot? If so, what?
Thanks so much!