|Originally posted by Brokedown Palace:
I have a lot of difficulty putting a ski boot on my left foot:
--- As a disabled skier, I am unable to bend my left ankle so that my foot will slide down the throat of the upper boot.
---I can correct this a little bit by bending my knee.
--- However, once my foot is partially in,I do not have the mobility to wiggle my foot in.
--- With my left hand, I don't have enough dexterity to help pull the shell apart while sliding my foot in.
--- I've tried everything from silicon spray, to baby powder, to plastic bags, all to little/no avail. And, I usually end up asking some poor soul to help me get the damn thing on.
--- For awhile, I tried rear entry boots and the Head EZ on model. They were wonderful with entry, but the fit and performance were terrible. Plus, my feet hurt so bad that they just weren't worth it.
I finally said screw it, and bought a pair that fit my feet... a Salomon XWave 8. Now I'm back to the same problem desribed above. Does anybody have any suggestions? Thanks! :
There are some basic ways to get your boots on. You'll find these make things much much easier.
Prepping the boot: First, open up and disengage all the buckles (and the velcro strap). Let the boots come to room temperature before proceeding (don't store them in your car the night before... huge, very common, mistake). Third, As the boot begins to warm, flex the left and right sides of the cuff open. Hold the cuff in an open position for a bit. It will loosen it up. Push the Tounge forward and hold it to soften it up a bit.
Once the boot is prepped in this way, here's how you put it on.
Let's start with the right boot
Step one: Place your right hand on the top of the tounge. Pleace your left hand on the left part of the upper cuff.
Step two: Press the tounge forward and to the right with your right hand. At the same time, use your left hand to push the left cuff to the left, opening it up.
Step three: Place your toes into the boot. The hands oppose eachother... the right hand pushed forward and right, the left hand pulls/pushes left. As you apply more counter pressure, the boot will open up more and more. As it widens, gently press your heel down into the heel pocket. The foot will slide into place.
This technique is used by Master boot fitters, and is the method they teach at fitting schools. If done correctly, putting on boots is not terribly difficult, no matter how performance oriented. I use current Lange racing boots, with an ultra-thin liquid foam injected liner, and this entry technique works beautifully. Please try it and let me know.
The other advice I would offer, is that you should practice putting on your boots in the comfort of your own home, one or two times the evening before you're going to ski. Wear them for about 10 minutes (there's an added benefit in terms of foam compression and memory). You may find this to be a helpful exercise early in the season.