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Death of my old boots

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Now that I've lost close to 40 pounds with a goal of losing 30 more. Yes I was a big girl. You should have saw the tracks I was making. Talk about your snow plough. More on that later if you'd like. My old Salomon Boots don't fit anymore. Granted they were on the cheap side when I got them almost 5 years ago and they've certainly served me well. They broke in real nice. Only had to have one buckle repaired and wore cat tracks to minimize the sole damage. Now with the weight loss they're killing me. Biting into my left ankle inside bone mostly. And when I pulled the liner out I could see how packed out the cushion had become. So sad. I've made an appointment for new boots, but I'm going to cancel since it doesn't make sense if next year my ankle and muscle structure changes shape again. And the season here in the NE didn't get started until that Valentine Storm. How disappointing that would be to spend all that money at the end of the season and go through the trouble with the boot fitter only to find they're too big next year.
Anyone else had this situation with the weight loss or gain? Do your boots just give out like that when they're ready to go? It's like they just quit on me. So, I'm renting boots since the season feels almost over to me anyway. Slopeside rentals aren't the greatest I know but they hurt less than my own boots do, believe it or not. Anybody ever lease boots this late in the season? Is it worth it? What's your take on this? if any.
I feel like given them, the old boots a Nordic sendoff. A memorial would be in order.

Oh boy, it's snowing.
post #2 of 7
Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work. I hope to be more like you, in this respect, for next season.

My suggestion would be to talk with a good bootfitter. They should have some idea, how much more your lower leg and or foot may change over the next 30 lbs.
post #3 of 7
I would guess that your calf circumference would decrease but your foot size might stay about the same.

Good luck with the weight loss.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
About body resizing. The calf muscles are actually more pronounced and slightly larger due to all the tennis in the summer. Less weight to haul around the more one can use the muscles. More springier.
It's amazing what a good pot of soup I would have made just with the meat from the foot and ankle bones. Pig's knuckles come to mind. Has anyone ever saved their boots by packing thin durable foam like from a yoga mat? I experimented at home with the packing. Walked around with them and I don't think they can be saved that way. The force and pressure sking is too great to patch it like that. But has anyone repaired their boots this way when they were on their way out? I would love to get a little more life out of them.

Tomorrow there will no one on the slopes at little Belleayre or at least it will seem that way.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by skibiscuit View Post
About body resizing. The calf muscles are actually more pronounced and slightly larger due to all the tennis in the summer...
You go girl! I guess those chubby feet had some good padding on 'em which you're missing now. Bony feet are probably harder to fit comfortably in ski boots.

I think it's not uncommon for boots that used to fit fine to become painful all of a sudden. It happened to me at the end of last season.

Yoga mat might be too thick, but yes, people do tape pieces of dense foam to the outside of their liners to improve fit. Perhaps a foam donut or c shaped piece of foam around the ankle will allow you to enjoy your boots some more. I would suggest replacing the liners with custom liners, but the custom liners tend to be thinner than stock liners, so that probably wouldn't help. I'm afraid you need new boots, or put the weight back on. Haha. Get some stretch parts too, while you're at it, so the rest of us can also enjoy your new shape!
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"You go girl! I guess those chubby feet had some good padding on 'em which you're missing now. Bony feet are probably harder to fit comfortably in ski boots. "

When one loses padding, that also means losing overall body insulation for staying warm. I've gotten used to it by now, but the first times out I felt like a whimp. What with the warm winter we've been having, didn't get much cold weather practice in general. Also my ski pants and jacket are extremely roomy. The wind just blows right up the back and my ski pants from behind look like I have a load in it. It's good to know I get to nuts and get new gear next year because I have to.
Thanks for the encouragement.
post #7 of 7
Congratulations on the weight loss. A year ago, I hit the 60lb mark, with another 60 to go, but have been at a stalemate for about a year, hope to improve that this year.

Actually, right now might be a good time to get boots, many are going on sale and with the season being what it is this year, there may still be a good selection yet. I will be the first to admit, that losing that much weight will change the volume of your feet. The length should be the same. The concern would be how fast the liner will pack out. Your current boots at 5 years old were probably due for replacement anyway. Other ladies I have spoken too say about 100-150 days or 4-5 years, the plastic doesn't like the tempature fluctuations and sunlight-they start to deteriorate, even just sitting on a shelf.

If your exercising more, your legs are probably a lot stronger and your skiing may even be better, you probably need stiffer boots than you had before. Your calfs may even get bigger, mine did (lost some of the fat, replaced with muscle). Another problem I found, was that due to the excess weight (and age), my arches began to fall and my feet would spread out more when I stood up. The boot fitter measured my feet unweighted and weighted then I got custom footbeds, that prevents this.
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