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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I bought a pair of salomon boots that fit my foot absolutely perfectly. I tried on about 50 various boots over a few week time period and couldnt find anything that even came close to thier comfort.

Now to my problem how tight do you tighten the buckles? My feet were falling asleep and tingling and actually in quite a bit of pain. I had to loosen my buckles while going up the lift just to endure the pain. I know I have the right size boots, they fit perfectly but I think I am cranking down on the buckles too much and cutting off the blood flow up at my calves.

This has sort of been a common problem for me even when I used to ski many years ago. I think I am just clamping my boots on too tightly but am just not sure of the proper technique when putting on your boots.

post #2 of 9
I've had the same issues in the past so it's great to see this post. I'll tell you what has worked for me this season, and hopefully others will have even better suggestions.
Prior to putting on the boot, I loosen all the micro adjustments to their "loosest setting". I then set them so that I can latch them with one finger in the lodge. They are not so loose that they are not providing any tension, but they are by no means tight. I then head to the chair lift and re-adjust at the top of the hill. I open each buckle and those that are no longer applying tension, I typically make two turns with the micro-adjuster. (Of course, at some point, you need to move the buckle over to a tighter setting at which point you need to loossen the micro-adjuster.) After the first run, I do the same thing. I make sure that I can see the boot being pulled snug, but I am not applying too much pressure. I can hear the buckle snap into position, but I do not have to apply excessive force. If on the next run, I feel as though the boot isn't snug enough, I readjust.
I tried this procedure this year and it is the first year that my feet have not been freezing cold.
When I got my first pair of boots years ago, I would push very hard to snap each buckle into place. The result was that the boots were too tight and my feet were always cold.
As I said, this has been an improvement for me this year, but I am also interested to hear other's suggestions.
post #3 of 9
I have found that especially through the middle buckles it helps to run a bit looser then say at the toe or the top. You don't want the foot moving around but I ski fairly loose in the center where the tightness causes cold feet and other problems for me. I can ski anything out there in total comfort and never get cold feet. For me, the key is just being snug but not tight.
post #4 of 9
The 14th post in this thread seems to sum it all up: How to tighten boot buckles properly.
post #5 of 9
Originally Posted by ElkMountainSkier
The 14th post in this thread seems to sum it all up: How to tighten boot buckles properly.

In that article,

Booster strap goes UNDER the plastic boot snugging the liner to your lower leg.
How can the strap goes under the plastic? What plastic? or Does it mean holding the toung?
post #6 of 9

The booster goes against the inner boot, or liner, holding the soft inner boot snug against your shin. The "Booster" is an accessory that is a strong elastic version of the woven nylon strap that might have come with your boot. Stock or accessory, this strap works best when placed between the inner boot liner and the outer "plastic" boot.

My experience has shown that I just can't pull the stiff plastic outer boot tight enough to do anything useful with these straps. The buckles do that. But.. IF the inner boot liner is snug against my leg, and the shell is snug (not tight) against the liner, response is at it's best, and Shin Bang is a thing of the past. In fact, when skiing bumps, the upper buckle is sometimes loosened a notch to soften the boot, and due to the action of the liner and booster, there is a very rewarding "contact" between leg boot and snow.

I hope this helps

OH! Tongue might be the spelling wanted ;-) As in " tongue of the boot" Or tongue of the boot liner. Sorry, Spelling is not a stregth for me.

It's interesting that I have switched to an AT boot by Scarpa with an overlap liner (no tongue) and a tongue on the boot shell.

I tried placing the stock booster on the outside of the shell for several ski days, but have switched to my customary location between the liner and boot shell.

It's a b***h to tighten the booster when placed there, but the performance is worth it.

I may be an exception, but as the years add up, my boots fit better and buckle less tightly. It seems like some of the buckles are always flapping freely. Jeesh does that make me a gapper?

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I read that post 14 and I will give it a try. I was thinking that I was going way too tight when I stopped a few hundred yards before the bottom of the hill thinking I was at the bottom and unbuckled my boots to get back on the lift. We couldnt see 20 feet in front of us due to a major cloud bank sitting right on top of the resort. Anyway, I just pushed off to get to the bottom with my buckles loose and my feet seemed to be just as secure as with the buckles tightened. Granted there were no bumps etc but I could tell my feet and ankles were still secure enough for that 5 mph push to the lift.

As a side issue, these boots that I have offer no arch supports at all. What would be the best way to go? I dont want anything that is going to make the fit any tighter than it is because these boot truly fit my foot like a glove minus the arch support.


post #8 of 9

With proper support, your foot might actually feel SMALLER in the boot.

When you stand on an unsupported foot, it spreads both in length and width.

When I take the foot beds out of my boots, My big toe suffers abuse!

post #9 of 9
I agree that most OEM power straps will work better when the strap goes against the inner boot, or liner. But I have found with my after market Booster Strap placed over the cuff that I get it tight enough with the power of the elastic and the leverage I can generate when I tighten it through the unique buckle system that Booster Straps use. Thoughts from other Booster strap users?
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