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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Has anyone every cut out a section of boot to give it a little more flex. I was wondering if I could take a bit off the joint on the top of the ankle to allow more flex while skiing moguls. The boots I have don't adjust at all. Thanks.
post #2 of 14
Yes it is common to remove a section(s) of the boot to give it a softer flex.

I'll have to insert the requisite "Do not try this at home" warning here...

Most boots, The Falcon Ten by Salomon for example, have a faint dotted line along the boot potion of the shell on which to remove material from the shell to make it softer. I usually am able to talk people out of this option because there may be another way to soften the boot. Sometimes there are rivets or bolts that connect the boot shell to the cuff to help stiffen the boot.

Remember: The is no "undoing" this procedure.
post #3 of 14
You can cut a narrow 'V' in the back of the boot (lower shell section that comes up around the achilles). As well, it's a good idea to assess the upper cuff in the front (2nd buckle strap) where it sits above the instep to make sure that doesn't bind against the lower shell when flexing. If so, you can shave/bevel it a bit.

As per Stephen's advice, beware that there's no reversing these mods. Treat it like a haircut and go a little bit (narrow V, and front bevel) at a time. Cutting too much plastic out will decrease the rebound and ruin the boot IMO.
post #4 of 14
I would opt for cutting the shell rather than removing rivets. Removing rivets can cause ankle injuries if the boot gets overflexed. cutting the lower in small increments as recommended above is a safer option and remember, your boots are "tools" not "jewels" so don't be afraid of modification that are irreversible, just be careful and do a little at a time.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, thats exactly what I was looking for.
post #6 of 14
Has someone assessed the ROM on your ankle? Could be worth a check before you 'cut and shove'
post #7 of 14
but too see if you like the softer flex try removing the rivets to "demo" this new, softer boot. If you like it then screw the rivets back in and cut.

For the small charge a store can do this, and odds are MUCH better that they won't screw it up. (not that you will, but they have dont this a bunch, you have not)
post #8 of 14
I would opt for cutting the sides and the ront wings rather than the V in the back, if you cut that V the rebound of the boot will be affected and the boot may feel a bit dead, if you do cut the V you can restore a bit of rebound by installing a booster strap
post #9 of 14
CEM makes a very good point!. Many boots have marks on the shell to use as a guide for cutting on the medial and lateral sides.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for everyones advice. I went to CO Ski and Golf and talked with a guy in their boot dept. Since my boots don't have any built-in adjustments for increasing flex and they are a nice boot (one year old) he thought about just selling me another boot with more flex. He was going to trade in my other on so it would only cost me about $80. The other option was custom foot beds for $35. I know most people have them, I didn't get them originally because the boots were so comfortable with the stock liner. He felt the custom foot bed would raise up my heel a bit and keep me more forward in the boot.
I am just curious on your thoughts. Is it worth a new boot just because I want more flex while mogul skiing or should I spend the money on a foot bed and see if that makes a big difference? Thanks
post #11 of 14
Of course it is worth a new boot for only $80 if you want more flex in moguls. As for the foot bed idea, forget it. Most footbeds are the same thickness under the heel as under the forefoot so if the reason for buying a footbed is too help stay forward don't bother.

post #12 of 14
Wow, a custom footbed for $35.00---they usually cost much more---They might help if your foot pronates a good deal.

Then you could add a spoiler to reposition your COM--- (if you have a thin calf) as that will move you forward over the boot sole and improve your abiliy to flex the boot.

post #13 of 14
just thinking out the box here...are the boots the correct size? often times i see people who cannot flex their boots because the boot is too big and they are fighting with it as they only contact the top of the tongue rather then the leg being in contact with the whole of the tongue
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for all the help. The boots are properly sized. I may bring them to another boot fitter for another opinion. The guy I talked to was pretty overwhelmed with customers so I may try midweek when they have more time to think.
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