background here: I wear a 23.5 boot, have a d width foot, and need major punch outs for hammer toe, and have large ankle bones on the inside. I am an expert skier 135 pounds and ski over 100 days per year. so what all this means is that I have a hard time finding my size in a boot, and a harder time finding my size on sale, and have a need for a good price as I am a furniture-maker, which is a great lifestyle but a lousy business. so there. this all has led me to perform a restoration procedure on my 2 season old Technical Icon Carbons. I ran the sole over my joiner to make it flat again (it was very rounded from hiking every day on scree and rock slab of the local boot packs). I then laminated 3/16" of polyurethane and adhered it with polyurethane cement in a vacume press. then I ran it over the joiner one last time to regain perfect flatness, routed a tread pattern on it except where it interfaces with the toe piece slide plat and wala! a new flat sole on a really beat to sh-- boot. do you think this will get me through another season? are there any issues that I should beware of? It will hike even better than stock plastic soles. oh, the polyurethane is quite firm, firmer than any rubber available. a second question. I have another pair of these, even more worn out, but the buckles are in better shape. Is there any way to get inside the shell to remove and re-install these buckles? thanks for the help.
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10/26/07 at 7:23pm