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Help with Alignment Issue...

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I noticed that my left foot cannot get on edge as easily/as steep an angle as my right foot, and that even when I'm just pushing myself on a flat slope (to get to the chair lift for example), I tend to only use my right leg to push my left leg doesn't seem to engage in the snow deep enough.

 

These two symptoms led me to think that I have an alignment issue - my leg or perhaps I can do something with my boot.

 

I have a pair of Krypton Cross. What I tried the last 3 outings was to adjust the cuff so they lean more outwards (I used their 'c' inserts) so that should have forced my inside edge to engage much more? Now, when skiing, I think my turns are a little more balance. But... when pushing on flat slope, I still have the left leg not engaging issue, and worst, now my inside left shin hurts are 3/4 day of skiing.

 

Any suggestion as to how I can validate if I truly have an alignment issue? And any suggestion as to what I can try to correct the symtoms I noticed?

 

thanks!

post #2 of 10

You are probably undercanted on the left side.  Have someone experienced measure your leg lengths and if things are within 5mm, test some shims (thick side inside) under your boots.  Adjusting the cuffs will have limited effectiveness.

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by jdistefa View Post

 

You are probably undercanted on the left side.  Have someone experienced measure your leg lengths and if things are within 5mm, test some shims (thick side inside) under your boots.  Adjusting the cuffs will have limited effectiveness.

 

Unfortunately there's nobody that I trust in town (Eastern Ontario) here...

I'll try some shims as you suggested this weekend. A couple more questions though - "under" the boot meaning on the shell outside of the liner? And, thick side inside means the inside of my foot will be lifted a bit more (un-pressured state)? And I should reset my boot buff back to normal before doing this?

 

thanks!

post #4 of 10

Under the boot means under the boot, as in between the boot and the bindings.  You can also shim between the bindings and your plate/ski depending on the brand.

 

Thick side inside means putting the shim on the medial side of the boot.  Adjust your cuff properly to be matched to the same angle as your lower leg and then make the canting adjustment (to start).

 

Hotel key cards make good canting shims - a 1cm wide strip gives you about 0.5-0.75 degree.  You usually have to stack 2 (on reasonably hard snow) to feel the difference.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Gotcha... thanks! Will give that a try & see.

 

thanks!

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

A newbie question when I was trying to shim the medial underside of the boot - Please give me some suggestion on how to secure the stack of 2 1" strip to the bottom of the boot!

 

Do you use duck tape? Wrap around from bottom to top a few times so it won't come off?

 

While less effective, if I simply shim the inside at the bottom of the foot bed, would that not give similar effect? (And it will be easier to secure)

 

thanks!

post #7 of 10

Good quality duct tape on a warm dry shell will hold the shims in place so that you can carefully step in the binding and ski to test things.  Wrap the tape midway up the sides of the shell.  FWIW, the shims should be 1cm wide, not 1" wide.

 

The short answer is (repeating myself again) to put the shims under the boot.  Shimming on the boot board has limited effectiveness for a number of reasons.  The long answer takes too much time, so you'll just have to trust me :)

 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

wow - I can't the "magic" of 2 plastic strips... Thanks jdistefa! It definitely seems to solve my gripe completely.

 

Now I feel I can put both skis on edge with same effort and I can push using my left skis on flats (getting to the ski lifts) :D

 

So the questions... is there a more permanent solution I should implement? Using duct tape doesn't seem too secure to me.

 

Thanks!

post #9 of 10

the permanent solution is to either

a] have shims installed under the binding [between the binding and the ski, if the setup allows it]

or the prefered method

b] have the boot soles planed and built up with a lifter to protect the angle and give enough thickness to allow the top of the lug to be routed back to DIN spec

 

a] can be done yourself if you can get the cant strips and screws

b] needs a specialist who you may have to travel to

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input CEM...

 

You confirmed my thoughts that I better leave this with the pro. Perhaps even a proper alignment session; though it means it will be very long distance (there's nobody that I can find within a few hours of driving) :(

 

Guess, I'll just have to live with duct tape/spare plastic strips until then.

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