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Ever make your own ski boots?

post #1 of 18
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I saw a post asking about anyone building their own skis. While this seems an exercise in creativity and perhpas vanity, I really am not happy with the selection of ski boots available. Has anyone made his or her own boots, and if so, what was involved?
post #2 of 18
I worked in a ski shop in Vermont inthe 80's. One of my technicians pretty much built a pair form components

Raichle shell
Nordica liner
Lange Buckles
Custom forward lean and cants.

Gnarly Harley the organic mechanic!
post #3 of 18
Daleboot or Strolz is about as close as you can get now. But I am sure we will see some mixing of Flexons & Kryptons.
post #4 of 18

It depends on what you're looking for...

...if you want custom fit, then I think Strolz is probably still making custom fit (and maybe feature) boots. You can also, as others have pointed out, take pieces and parts from different boots and blend them into a solution. In general, I don't see the point. For example, I ski in an Atomic RaceTech CS, which you can get in 5 flex patterns, and I had custom orthotics and a total custom fit done where I got the boots...can't think of anything I'd want different or better...going the "plug boot" route is maybe a step more in this direction...
post #5 of 18
some body in SLC make custom boots dont know the name though...
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
some body in SLC make custom boots dont know the name though...
That would be Daleboot. They did open an eastern store in Scranton Pa.
post #7 of 18
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That would be Daleboot. They did open an eastern store in Scranton Pa.
Have you tried their poles or heel halter ?
post #8 of 18
I've tried the heel halter. didn't work for beans - at least for me.
post #9 of 18
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Have you tried their poles or heel halter ?
I have tried the heel halter, didn't need it. Paul Jones though, has and it helped him. I ran into the guy who is starting Daleboot East, nice guy, hope to get to spend soem time with him again.
post #10 of 18
What exactly are you looking for that isn't available? That's a pretty broad statement, can we narrow it down?
post #11 of 18
My current pair of Raichle Flexons is constructed out of parts from 6 different pairs of boots, plus some aftermarket parts. Does that count?
post #12 of 18
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What exactly are you looking for that isn't available? That's a pretty broad statement, can we narrow it down?
I'd like boots which are significantly more upright than anything on the market with my huge calves in the boots. I'd like a heel pocket which gives me more room above the back of my heel with a lot of heel lift to open up my ankle. I also think I'd like a sole aligned more like the Fischer boots, but I haven't skied a pair of them yet, so there is no way to tell other than to fit a pair of Fischers and find out. The Flexon/Krypton design also looks appealing, but I would really have to have a pair of those boots set up very carefully not to put me too far forward. I was most interested in the underlying question, though, because I know a lot of people (relatively speaking) make their own skis or snowboards, but Ihad never heard of anyone making his or her own boots. I know that never having heard of something does not mean it does not exist, so I thought I'd post the question.

maybe a second question should be what does it take to set up a boot production line. I hear enough grousing about boots not doing what we want to think that someone might be able to do better if small scale is proactical.
post #13 of 18
If you want a more upright stance, have you tried on some Garmont Adrenalins or Endorphins? I've found my Adrenalins to be quite nice in that regard, and I had found that shortcoming of all of the other boots I've skied in.
post #14 of 18
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If you want a more upright stance, have you tried on some Garmont Adrenalins or Endorphins? I've found my Adrenalins to be quite nice in that regard, and I had found that shortcoming of all of the other boots I've skied in.
I cannot even get my calves into garmont boots. I was thinking about telemarking and tried to put some garmont boots on at reliable racing. I couldnt get the cuff to sit anything like right on my legs, and the buckles were more than two inches apart when I was in them. I had to ask the staff to put the boot back together when I took my foot out.
post #15 of 18
FOG - I think you need apair of Agressor 130s and a lot of time with PJ Dewey.
post #16 of 18
FOG...Get in touch with me.
post #17 of 18
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FOG...Get in touch with me.
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post #18 of 18
I have had problems with boots in the past because of a weird shape to my instep. I went to Surefoot and love my boots. They make a custom orthotic by generating a 3D grid of the sloe of your foot, then they machine the orthotic out of some foam material so it fits perfectly. Then they inject the liner so it fits all the nooks and crannies of your foot and leg. I think they can put the injection bladder into almost any shell you want. Fits like a glove, no hot spots, LOVE 'EM!
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