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To Boost or Not To Boost? Booster strap question?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have a pair of Booster straps, (race pair, three bands) off an older pair of Tecnicas, and am contemplating putting em on my Lange 150's. I used the Lange last year and love the boot with the existing power strap.
Just curious as to wut you think putting on a Booster would or wouldn't do for my skiing.
All thoughts are welcome.
Thanks.
post #2 of 15
No reason to fix what's not broken. The Booster Strap has a specific purpose, and that is to make forward flex more progressive. The Norica boots use an elastic strap rather than a rigid power strap. I really like the setup. I use Booster Straps on my AT boots, and recommend them to anyone who experiences shin bite, poor flex or inadequate stiffness. Non-elastic power straps do not give the same flex progression and closure.



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post #3 of 15
last season my the existing velcro straps on my head FRs had finally fallen apart enough to be ineffective...i'd also found that my boots were getting too loose over the course of a day spent mostly in the bumps. thought the boots were dead (after only about 120 days on 'em) i put a pair of the racing/expert straps on the boots and found them to be adequately snug for my needs, and i no longer feel any play between the boot and the ski. i also added a drug-store purchased heal-lifting, partial foot insert in place of the worn out insert that came with the boots...and voila! for about $50 i can hold off on new boots for at least another 50 or so days out...maybe more.

that said, if you like the lange's as they are now, i'd leave the existing power straps on...you can always put the boosters on later if you find the performance lacking.

hope this helps
post #4 of 15
It's odd. I only used boosters on my last shell for the first time. I can't believe that I have never used them before these boots. And, although I love them, I don't actually know what they do for my skiing. I just like the power and the ability to fine tune it.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Sounds like no one is overwhelmingly in luv with em. Hmmm maybe a little experiment is in order this fall.
Thanks!
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by katabch
Sounds like no one is overwhelmingly in luv with em. Hmmm maybe a little experiment is in order this fall.
Thanks!
OK , I wouldn't ski in a boot without them. I love them! I have had them on Salomon X2, and Head RD 96, as wellas Atomic 1050's. both my boys use them on their Atomic RT's.

They allow you to get the cuff of boot much snugger on your lower leg and contrary to what someone said above, they reduce the forward stiffness of the boot not increase it. also they rebound whne flexed.
post #7 of 15
I prefer boostage. I don't know how it affects my skiing, but I like the way they feel.
post #8 of 15
Since the Booster straps have a buckle but no velcro, How do you get the excess end of the strap to stay put and not flap around?:
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Robscapes
Since the Booster straps have a buckle but no velcro, How do you get the excess end of the strap to stay put and not flap around?:
I let it flap around.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeaj when I used em, I would just tuck it up inside my pant or race suit, kind of a pain but no real big deal.
There must be a way to attach velcro to the strap and secure it on itself, it would require stitching but is possible.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I still don't quite get the whole Booster strap thing. Someone please explain it in all it's gory detail. My old Koflach Comp 911 VIP Foam liners had straps that could be tightened inside or outside the shell. My current X-max 10s have a strap that seems to be outside the shell only (drawing the shell and liner together). What's with the after market Booster straps? Shouldn't the boot designers put the straps that are needed with the boot on the boot in the first place?
It's no panacea for anything, but I found that the upper cuff was more comfortable and the boot more responsive with the Booster than with the standard strap around the plastic of the cuff. I liked the feel, too.
post #12 of 15
From anothe thread I don't want to hijack.
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
I still don't quite get the whole Booster strap thing. Someone please explain it in all it's gory detail. My old Koflach Comp 911 VIP Foam liners had straps that could be tightened inside or outside the shell. My current X-max 10s have a strap that seems to be outside the shell only (drawing the shell and liner together). What's with the after market Booster straps? Shouldn't the boot designers put the straps that are needed with the boot on the boot in the first place?
Is the booster strap just a more-elastic version of the regular strap? Does it go in the same place and do the same job as the power strap the boots come with?
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
From anothe thread I don't want to hijack.


Is the booster strap just a more-elastic version of the regular strap? Does it go in the same place and do the same job as the power strap the boots come with?
Yes it repalces the existing strap directly and is elastic as you say. it provides smootehr flex more "give" and rebound. it also has a pull through buckle which allows a much snugger closure and is designed to go inside the cuff but in front of the tongue to get the full vlaue of the stretch and rebound nature of the strap.

I have used them for years. as do many skiers and racers. In fact Bode & Ligety both use them also.
post #14 of 15
Can't you also just use it above the standard velcro power strap? I've heard you can just put them up on just the liner above the strap.
post #15 of 15
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Can't you also just use it above the standard velcro power strap? I've heard you can just put them up on just the liner above the strap.
I suppose you could, but that would really defeat their purpose, as the stock powere strap has no "give" the booster would be rendered useless.
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