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How long to break in new boots?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
My boots: Salomon Performa 7.5, size 26.5 bought new this season.

Me: 70", 155 lbs, level 5-6 skier on Volkl 5 Star 168's. Skinny legs, skinny feet, skinny heels.

I've been on this set-up for six skiing days now and the lateral portion of the ball of my feet, or the last three toes on each foot, still go numb after about 30 minutes or so of skiing. I've played with the buckles but can't seem to find the sweet spot between pure comfort and too loose. I'm sure that my feet and the boots are still getting used to each other but should the numbness & discomfort go away soon? Am I being impatient? It isn't unbearable by any measure but it's not what I was hoping for when I finally bought my own equipment after umpteen years of renting.

I bought the gear from a reputable, experienced store who took his time and seemed to do everything right regarding fitting me in the boots. He will take them back if they aren't working for me but I don't want to hassle him just yet.

post #2 of 12
Your feet will break long before your boots break in. A bad fit can cause all kinds of poor circulation, numbness , bunions or other kinds of permanet injury to your feet. You need to correct whatever is wrong with the fit of those boots right away.

post #3 of 12
3-7 days for most of the pack out.

have you tried skiing without a foot bed at all? try that to releave the numbness
if that works you need to get more room made in the boot (or athinner sock)
post #4 of 12
The fit will not get better at this point without some intervention. If the discomfort comes from your foot compressing against the shell, it is not difficult to grind or punch the shell in a controlled way to make the fit better. It is far better to be working with a boot that is too tight, than too loose. The answer then is NOT to go get a bigger size, but to have the store make alterations, if they are properly equipped. On my new boots (Nordica Hot Rod), the fitter stretched the liner for foot length, punched and ground the toe box, and ground out plastic along the outside of the foot from the little toe to mid-foot. I don't consider that extreme, and the result is, a boot that was too small, fits perfectly, and performs like a race boot.
post #5 of 12
3-4 days is typical. I purchased a pair of Nordica Speedmachine 14's this year. They noticably packed out by day 3 and they don't seem to be changing now. Like Cirquerider, I had to have the boots worked on... stretched the liner length, punch at the sixth toe, some heal work, added footbeds (a must IMO).

Another thing to consider is your cuff angle. Your weight distribution could be out of balance if your cuff is too far to the inside or outside causing pressure. A change in the cuff angle on my new boots really helped to make my boots more comfortable.

I thought the Speedmachines weren't going to work before making the adjustments.

Good luck!

post #6 of 12
hi moods,

i just got my nordica speedmachine 12 boots. they are very snug with a pressure point at inside ankle of the left foot and at the right forefoot near the small toe; that's with the buckles on the first ratchet. i'm wearing them around the house for an hour a day in hopes of packing out the liners. i get mild tingling with static wear but it's not so much a problem with flexing.

i may have to have some work done on them but wonder if i will have a better fit after heating the liners?

when a boot is puched, does this refer to the liner or the shell? i may also need a little grinding done to the inside shell at the pressure points.
post #7 of 12

Your boots will definitely pack out over the first couple days of skiing. I wouldn't do anything to the boot until you have skied at least 3 days. I waited 4 days (with the exception of the cuff adjustment and footbeds).

A pressure point on the lower ankle can indicate the boot is too big and you are sitting too low in the shell. It can be a number of of other things too. If you need an ankle lift to cure the problem I would try the next shell size down. A footbed can cure this problem too.

Punching refers to the the shell. If you have any shell work done make sure you go to a reputable boot fitter. I've seen some hell jobs done by people that didn't know what they were doing. I fit boots for seven years and rarely had to punch boots for less than a race fit. For recreational use, a correctly fit boot shouldn't need punching.

You should definitely heat fit your liners. It does make a difference. Nothing huge but noticable.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Alright then

Jeez, thanks for the quick replies! It's decided then; the boots and I are heading to the store for some professional consultation from the retailer.

Thanks again!!!
post #9 of 12
In my experience, boots become perfect about two weeks before they are completely worn out.
post #10 of 12

thx for the informative reply!

if i sized down to the next size shell, my big toes would be bent under.

i'll try a foot bed spacer first. as for heat molding the liner, do you recommend doing that before i ski them or after skiing them for a few days?


post #11 of 12
I bought my Diabelo with custom foot bed. It packed out after 4-5 days of use. After that I found the heels are lifting, so went back to put in a heel lifter for about $5, now the boots are really fit well.
post #12 of 12
Agree with other posters -- if your entire forefoot were numb then I would say that it might make sense to wait for more packout and to work w/ buckles -- but as it is only on one side, it sounds like a definete fit issue. A real culprit is prob foot bed as it sounds as though your foot isn't being properly supported -- do you have custom footbeds?
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