Originally Posted by madmanmlh
upper ones made the most difference
i did lose a bit of blood flow, but the runs, even at jackson, didnt last long enought to lose feeling, just loosen them on the lift. Not the best fix, but the boots are really nice.
I want to try that velcro shin pad, im curious if its going to make my back seat problem worse.
Be careful about heel lifts, spoilers, etc. designed to force you forward. Depending on your individual body geometry, you may find that you drop your hips to compensate, and end up more in the back seat than ever.
The velcro shin pad, on the other hand, may help you stand up and get centered. In fact, you may find it allows you to apply moderate, controlled transient pressure to the front of the boot as necessary without requiring large movements and major leverage. It may relieve the back seat problem. Again, depending on your body geometry, skiing style, etc., YMMV.
I ski in Nordica Doberman Pro 130s. I ski off piste much of the time. I do not suffer from shin bang. (Well except on my left shin after I skied into a buried stump...but it's getting better!
) I do have small calves and shin bones, so the boot fitter made a shim out of dense closed cell foam that I insert in front of the tongue before buckling. The idea is to avoid overbuckling the boot and still make it so the cuff follows the motion of my lower leg accurately. Although the tongue is foamed, you can't put so much foam in the tongue that it doesn't wrap around the shin, so, in my case, other methods are required.
I buckle the top buckle quite firmly, but it does not interfere with circulation (and it shouldn't). The instep buckles are just buckled barely enough to prevent them from coming open and catching on things.
Having to buckle your boots to the point where it interferes with circulation is an indicator that the boot may not fit correctly.