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How to soften a boot?

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I wear a size 11.5-B shoe and have two pair of boots, size 28.5. Salomon Pro-Gun flex 95 and Fischer MX-Pro (yellow & black) flex 110. The Salomons are fitted with custom footbeds, heel lifts, toe punched and soles planed etc. The MX-Pros are stock with the old Salomon insoles. I love the way the Salomon's flex but I've always thought they were a little soft. The Fischers fit me better out of the box, primarily because of the lower instep and snug heel. My only issue with the Fischers is they are soooo stiff. I get almost no flex out of them on a cold (20 degrees or less) day. Next week I'm going to add Intuition liners to the Fischers and I read that the new liners will stiffen the boots even more so I expect to need to soften the shells. I'll use a professional to modify the shell, but what should I know about the boot softening process so that I can discusss it with the "expert" intelligently. What should I look out for to make sure they do not do more harm than good?
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You may want to compare the angles created by the two boots both ramp angle created by the boot board and the forward lean. If you like the angles in the Salomon try to recreate those in the Fischer before you got too far with irreversible cuts to the shell. Just changing these fore/aft angles will change your leverage over the boot and possibly make it feel more manageable.

Remember softening a shell is pretty much irreversible so make sure that is the solution before you cut.

Also, did you happen to change skis and bindings when you changed boots? Remember changing these parameters can also have an affect on your fore/aft alignment and leverage!

good luck!
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