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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking of getting new boots and since it’s the end of the season I found some really great deals going around. I’ve always liked Salomon’s because they fit my foot well.

Salomon Performa 7.0 is a great boot but it comes with a 3D Custom Fit Liner that supposedly needs to be heated up (done at your local ski shop) and then custom fitted to your foot. Is it possible to “heat up those liners’ at home? Has anyone done this?

[ April 03, 2004, 05:35 PM: Message edited by: Euclide ]
post #2 of 10
I'm not sure if you can heat them up at home or not. I've got Salomon anatomic boots and I love em. I had them heated (takes about 12-15 mins) and fit to my foot at my local outdoor rec/ski shop. I think it was only about 10 bucks. I am not sure if you can do this at home. They had a special heating machine which they put my boots into.
Sorry, I couldn't be of more help. I'd say go with the store though.
post #3 of 10
yes you can heat them up yourself..

Maybe someone from salomon or a boot fitter can give us the temp needed.

If I remember correctly you can set the liners in an oven set very low. (let them warm slowly) But you need to find out the correct temp before doing this. The other way is to use a heat gun or strong hair drier but again you need to monitor the exact temp carefully. It's probably worth the 10.00 charged by a shop to do the heating if you don't have the specific temps.
post #4 of 10
I agree, Dchan. Euclide--have the shop do it--it's money well spent. Thermofitting your own boots is easy to do. But it's very easy to OVERdo too! Let a good shop do it. They'll probably do it right, and they'll take responsibility if they screw it up too. Plus, they may do more to assure your fit and setup than just the thermofitting. Saving money on boots is a good thing, but don't scimp on the fitting and setup process.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Reading your posts made me think of something else… I have a pair of Salomon’s with the same 3D Custom Fit Liner (an older pair). I never had it heat molded because it felt great the way it was; the minute I put that boot on it had a great custom fit to it. However, I had them dried after being all day on the slopes using different methods, usually propping them close by a radiator, blasting heat right inside ‘em. They often got so hot I could barely touch them. I wonder if heating up these liners when drying impede on the ability of the liner to properly conform on your foot; or after having them heat molded, by heating them up again, the custom fit would suffer.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Guys, money were never a factor. I just like doing things myself whenever possible… That great warm, fuzzy feeling of accomplishing something yourself, especially when it comes to my ski equipment. But you’re all right; I will have the boots custom fit by a professional shop. It’s just a little hard to find a ‘really’ professional joint around where I live (NYC). What happens with boot fitting (I had this experience when purchasing boots for my girlfriend, two months back), unless you purchase the boots directly from the shop, it’s not much of an incentive for them to go the extra mile and make sure your boot fits the best. At least that was my impression… But then again, it’s probably the well-known NYC attitude all together… or maybe the guy I had the pleasure of dealing with wasn’t quite up to snuff.
post #7 of 10
I used the Salomon Course CF for 3 seasons, but i never had it heated up. There are a few reasons for this:
1) Your feet are different in the spring and summer than they are in the winter, so if youre going to have it done, have it done int he winter.
2) The CF liner sets up better when it is being skied on, versus just stood in. The heat from your foot will mold the liner to your foot after about 10 days on the snow. Also, try heating your boots by setting them under the heat in the car on the way to the ski mountain, and putting your foot in them while they are still slightly warm, and immediately skiing on them.

For both of those reasons i stayed away from heating the liner and having it molded to my foot. I have ahd footbeds done by heating and they seemed to work just as well, but some of my most favorite liners that i have ever owned were the Course CF liners. They fit my feet perfectly, and even had indentations in them where each of my toes went on the footbed. Sadly i broke my Course boots after 3 seasons on them and no longer ski in a Salomon boot. Next season i am going back to the Salomon Pro Model for free skiing only i think. I will no longer be free-skiing in my real boots.
post #8 of 10
I love my Salomon 8.0 Evolution boots. Not only do they look nice, but more importantly they feel great too.
I was not aware that you could heat them on your own. I would not want to take the risk of ruining them. I had them heated, fit to my foot and was shown all of the adjustments. My question is how often do you have to have them heated? Each season? I have only had my heated once, but have only used them one season.
post #9 of 10
Originally posted by lilskeer:
but more importantly they feel great too.

My question is how often do you have to have them heated? Each season? I have only had my heated once, but have only used them one season.
Do they still feel good at the beginning of the season? if so, leave them alone.

Make adjustments only as needed.
post #10 of 10
Yes, they feel great. As I said before, I've been skiing for two seasons. The first season I wore rental boots. This season I got my boots heated up. I guess I'll try em out next season and see how they feel and then decided whether they need heated. I wasn't sure if there was a general guideline as to how often they should be heated.
I still think I'm gonna let the pros heat up my boots, even though I found out about heating them on my own. I want it done right.
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