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OVERWHELMED! Need New Boots

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I discovered that I broke a shell mechanism on my Dalbello CRX Impulse boots - which I find a bit overwhelming. I have spent the past 3 years setting these up to where I'm happy. The adjustments for boot ramp angle, forward lean, and cuff alignment have allowed me to tune these closely to my needs. Additionally, I was able to cant the soles (I was 1.5 degrees out on one side and 2 degrees in on the other with the Dalbello's) by adding canting wedges between the boot and removable toe/heel sole pieces so that I preserved the traction of the boot sole for climbing.

I have fairly narrow feet but they are additionally pretty low volume. I would prefer a boot with adjustability like the CRX but I expect that it is unlikely to find a good fit and these features. I probably need a boot of moderate stiffness. I am an advanced skier but I am not too heavy or tall (5'8";150 lbs.). Additionally I would prefer to find a boot with removable heel and toe sole pads although I know this may be difficult to find in a boot that fits as well.

I have two trips remaining this year. Aspen (Snowmass) in March and a trip to Summit County, CO (LGC III) the second week of April.

I am looking for suggestions for places to look who are competent and might have the ability for alignment assessment (although I think I can probably do that myself, on-slope if not indoors).
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Si -

I am OVERWHELMED to read that you are . . . uh . . . OVERWHELMED.

Here's the ticket: Go to Snowmass. Find Eric Ward (Shim Balance System) on the mountain (and have lunch while you're there). Consult with him. Buy boots he recommends. Have him do you some new footbeds with shims. OR . . . find Eric Ward OFF the mountain and do the same thing. This is the cats a$$, Si. You owe it to yourself to do this, mensch.
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Originally Posted by oboe View Post
Si -

I am OVERWHELMED to read that you are . . . uh . . . OVERWHELMED.

Here's the ticket: Go to Snowmass. Find Eric Ward (Shim Balance System) on the mountain (and have lunch while you're there). Consult with him. Buy boots he recommends. Have him do you some new footbeds with shims. OR . . . find Eric Ward OFF the mountain and do the same thing. This is the cats a$$, Si. You owe it to yourself to do this, mensch.
Thanks Oboe,

I have communicated with Eric a number of times over the years and actually went over the Aspen Club to observe an eval and fitting a couple of years ago. As I worked on my alignment over the years I have tried Eric's approach. Unfortunately the in-boot alignement that he uses has not been able to match what I can do with a foot bed designed to provide proper foot positioning followed by boot sole canting. I also have had a few different footbeds but the one I have know (from Harald Harb) seems to work the best.

I certainly may go visit him. It also wouldn't cost much to buy a couple of his SBS shims and try the approach again. I may actually do this if I end up waiting to do boot sole canting until after I try some on-slope alignement testing with wedges between the boot sole and binding.
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Jim Lindsay is in Aspen, and Jeff in Summit, of course...
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