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post #31 of 45
just keep in mind, even with new boots, shin bang is primarily caused by too soft, or stiff boots, boots that are too big, or the tongue not supporting your tibia properly. If I were you, I would definately get good footbeds made (make sure they put your foot into "neutral" before and during casting), and make sure that your tibia is aligning with the tongue properly (cuff alignment - what the cants on your boots are primarily for). If your tib is not aligned properly, you can get replacement or foamed tongues put into your boots.
post #32 of 45
Hey Bonni thinking about it now, didn't we have this disscussion on one of our lift rides?

Glad you got boots that fit. I would recommend you make the trip up to Ludlow VT and see Shon or Kurt at Northern Ski Works when you get back. Don't have foot beds made out west. Have them made where you ski, that way you can go back for adjustments until they are perfect, at no extra cost.

Glad to hear your enjoying your trip.
post #33 of 45
Thread Starter 
Good advice, Max. Roger that!
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post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by SquawMan
Look like they'll cure what ails you (me too, I think). Can anyone who's used them comment? Also, next question, is there anywhere in the States to find these? The only place I saw was on their site.
post #36 of 45
This is one required reading thread! Who doesn't want better fitting/gripping boots?

Pardon my ignorance, but what are Booster Straps?

I have Tecnica Icon circa 2001 and this year they felt better than ever. Was it because I tightened the existing strap to the max, and did my buckles as tight as possible, except for the toe ones, those I left a bit looser to avoid freezing the toes?

I did have to play around with the Tongues to avoid some pain, time for "The Eliminator"?

Gracias!
post #37 of 45

Rice

Like all strains, Bruises, contusions, abrasions, etc. Shin Bang responds to treatment by Rest Ice Compression and Elevation.

The discomfort is mostly the poor job our own bodies do in it's efforts to protect and restore damaged tissue. A zillion years of spieces evolution have dictated that survival today is more important than scared tissues tomorrow.

Anti inflamatories (Vitimin I(buprofen) is useful as well.

Preventive measures are "tighten up on that Booster strap!". and "stay out of the back seat!"

Oh and I'm a believer in Arnica oil, I use it all summer for soccer related "ailments".

Regards

CalG
post #38 of 45
Thread Starter 
Update: The new boots make a huge difference! I can ski comfortably, and longer. There is no pain anywhere.

I spent 3 hours Friday lapping a black run (at Bousquet, so no big deal), but for me, that was unusual because I didn't get tired and I didn't freak out.

I'm learning to ski again, and I finally 'get' what everyone's talking about. Before, with bigger boots, pressuring my big toe didn't do squat. Now, I can actually get some motion to happen. It's a whole new game. I don't have pain or uncomfortable areas anywhere. I can wear these all day/night without feeling the need to take them off, and they are Sooooo responsive!!!

Thanks to Steve at Gart Sports in Silverthorne for a great boot!:
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
This is one required reading thread! Who doesn't want better fitting/gripping boots?

Pardon my ignorance, but what are Booster Straps?

I have Tecnica Icon circa 2001 and this year they felt better than ever. Was it because I tightened the existing strap to the max, and did my buckles as tight as possible, except for the toe ones, those I left a bit looser to avoid freezing the toes?

I did have to play around with the Tongues to avoid some pain, time for "The Eliminator"?

Gracias!
Help on Booster Straps and The Eliminator, Please?
post #40 of 45
for many cases of shin bang, there is NO quick cure. sometimes a couple seasons away from all ski boots is the only cure. I've learned this firsthand.
my RX for the banged-of-shin is to spend one full calender year away from ski boots, doing much calf-work in the offseason (it tends to develop overlap musculature on the shin as a corrollary) and spend the next season on a snowboard (softboots) or nordic setup giving the shins a break while still developing new, revolutionary techniques and snowfeel to fortify one's alpine ski experience, later....
post #41 of 45
Advil - the candy with the less tasty center.
post #42 of 45
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
Help on Booster Straps and The Eliminator, Please?
Gpaul, the booster strap replaces the nylon power strap on your boots. The power straps that come with most boots have no elasticity. You tighten them and as you flex forward or rearward, they have no give. Since the Booster is elastic, they give as you pressure the boot, and rebound to hold the boot in contact with your leg as your pressure shifts back. This makes forward flex easier and ensures the boot remains responsive to pressure inputs from anywhere in your turn. Here is the product home page Instructions, and reseller online description.
post #43 of 45
Link to info on The Eliminator:

http://www.bootfitters.com/eliminator.htm
post #44 of 45
Gracias Cirque and #57! Both these items look like worthwhile investments.

Hopefully Rental Shops in SLC and Frisco/Dillon sell and install these (we're going to one of those venues next December!!!!!).

Have a great ski season!
post #45 of 45
 For the Future. WEAR THICK SOCKS. Everyone asks me why i wear big thick socks? Is it to keep my feet warm? No, my feet stay nice and toasty in my boots no matter what.

I have found it makes my boots fit perfectly now that the liner is a bit packed in, it gives a bit of extra softness and i drive that much harder in the snow.
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