Originally Posted by tdk6
Thanks for posting sywsyw. No canting options on the Dobies and on the back there are two bolts, dont know what they do. Thats the difference between the Dobie Pro 130s and the Hot Rods, no bells and whistles. Should be the same boot otherwise.
BTW, please list all your modifications, why you did them and how it changed your skiing. That is what this thread is all about. Thanks in advance.
I find it hard to believe that your Dobies have no cuff cant options. My Hot Rods have dual cuff cant, one for each side. It would be a good idea to post some pics of your boot or maybe look at some pics of the Dobie Pro 130.
The difference between the Hot Rod and the Pro 130 is that the former is softer flexing (115 v. 130 flex index), has different color and a shock absorbing bootboard.
I modified quite a few things on my boot. I did it because i wanted to see if the modifications could make a difference. They did.
I played with/modified/changed:
- the rear spoiler
- the bolts in the back
- buckles and catches
- lower shell
- boot board ramp angle
- binding ramp angle
The rear spoiler gives you more forward lean. You already know that. If you remove the rear spoiler, the cuff will be roomier and that can affect the fit of the cuff, especially if you have a skinny lower leg.
The two bolts in the back control forward flex. Removing them softens the flex. The difference is visible. I found that removing only one bolt does not make a difference in flex. You have to remove both to notice the difference. I also bolted the cuff to the shell on two of my boots.
I changed and repositioned the buckles and catches because i needed the cuff to fit my skinny lower leg tighter. That could be necessary if you remove the rear spoiler and have a skinny lower leg. I also changed and repositioned the lower buckles for a better fit of my foot.
I changed the stock cuff of my Icons with the XT's cuff for better fit of my lower leg, flex and performance on snow.
I replaced the Icon's stock liner with the XT's liner for better fit, flex and performance. Yes, the liner can influence the flex quality and stiffness of the boot.
I modified the lower shell of my boots. Your boots should have a dotted line inside the lowers for cutting. You can cut the lowers to soften the flex of the boots. You should consider this option if the flex is not good for you after removing the bolts from the back. With this modification, the design of the lower shell will be closer to a hinge (where the lower shell ends above the ankle bones). This will allow the boot to mimic the movement of the ankle and you will have more ankle subtlety. This will also make the boot more forgiving than a boot cut higher above the ankle bones.
The boot board ramp angle, the binding ramp and forward lean are interrelated.
I modified the boot board ramp angle by lowering the heel. That way, the ramp will be flatter. Keep in mind that modifying the boot board affects the forward lean and you may have to modify it too.
I modified the binding ramp angle by adding lifters to the toe piece until the difference in height between the heel and toe is zero. I went further and put one more lifter under the toe to make it a negative ramp but that was just for testing.
I modified the forward lean by adding or removing the rear spolier. The spoiler of your Dobies is credited with 2 degrees of lean.
The binding ramp adds to the boot ramp and that could create problems. The easiest way to reduce the ramp is to shim the toe of the binding until the difference between the toe and heel is zero. Then you can test the new setup. If you feel that you still need less ramp you can lower the boot board but that will inflence the fit because your foot will be lower in the boot. You can also shim the boot toe and heel lugs but you will need to see a boot fitter to make the toe and heel lugs DIN standard.
I found that if the boot holds the foot, the most important thing is to be balanced on the skis.