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post #31 of 40
Thanks for all the tips. I use those disposable heaters in my gloves (which work pretty well). And I have plug in boot dryers which I use at night so they're dry and warm in the morning - I do ski a lot of consecutive days. I should probably just spring for some of those Hotronic footbed heaters - I just wish I could find them cheap!

I did a quick read on the Raynaud's disease and it mentioned that it can be caused by mild frostbite and is then considered Raynaud's phenomenon. Unfortuately it also said there's not much you can do about it. Probably still worth mentioning next time I see a doctor, though.
post #32 of 40
those plug in boot dryers don't help if the water gets in under your liners. FYI
post #33 of 40
no professional hints here...just FIT, FIT, FIT and a knowledgeable bootfitter. Getting the footbed fit for the boot makes a world of difference...but you probably know that.
I know that with a moderately soft boot...a good
liner...as opposed to a so-so stock liner makes another world of difference...
$.02_of_imho..the Atomic liners with some models are just so mushy and can wage war with one's shins..... (lower cuff models)...a great liner really makes the fit enjoyable and workable.
Yeah, the Raynaud symdrome strikes....I've tried both caffeine_free/caffeine_heavy mornings... My
best days HAVE to start out with exercise, I mean
real...full-length sessions..3/4-1.5hr MINIMUM!..
then I'm ok for the whole day! When booting up..
without exercise..I'm white hands & feet....then
with proper beathing!!...they're getting cold within three hours, but with a boots_off/foot_warmup session of ~15min...I'm good
for the rest of the day...but the exercise_thing
beforehand is doing it for me.

post #34 of 40

I was diagnosed with Reynaud's in high school after suffering severe frostbite of the toes ski racing. I tried meds, but they opened up all my blood vessels, and I didn't like getting hot flashes so I quit them and got some boot heaters, which I used for years with great success. However, I never felt the need to install them in my Dolomites. I'm not sure if it's the boots or the fact that my present technique relies on "toe-waving"--I wave to the trees on the right on my left turns and wave to the trees on the left on my right turns, sort of a languid "Rose Queen at the Tournament of Roses Parade" gesture.

I also don't "over-sock" the feet, desiring above all to preserve sensitivity and feel for the ski and the snow. I wear dance tights only. (I would go barefoot, but my boots would be in violation of the local health code...) I live in Montana where it gets very cold indeed.

In conclusion, the performance sacrificed by having cold feet is HUGE. I urge you to seek the cause, which will lead you to the solution. Consider: 1) are your boots too snug; 2) are you wearing more socks than necessary; 3) is evaporation of sweat cooling the feet (antiperspirant needed); 4) is your boot's bladder packed out, and finally, 5) is there a physiological cause, such as Reynaud's??? (Do not jump to 5 until ruling out 1-4. IMHO)
post #35 of 40
BOOT DRYER! Thats the most critical piece of equipment. I can't believe how many folks complain of cold feet, you take out the footbed and find a pool of moisture.

I have one rigged up in the house and take my boots home nightly. My hope is to rig something up in my vehicle to run on the way home and the way to work.
post #36 of 40
I have plug in boot dryers which I use at night so they're dry and warm in the morning...

A skier's essential equipment.
post #37 of 40
The Sintesi's on my early season to-try list...might give me a little more volume on top of my feet which can't hurt. The tops of my feet
look somewhat like the topography of the Missouri's headwaters.
post #38 of 40
I have heard good things about Dolomite boots. I don't know many people who have them, but the people who do really like them. I have a very narrow heel and a wider forefoot. Do Dolomites fit that type of foot well? Right now i have a pair of Langes. I have had them adjusted MANY times. They are too tight on the forefoot still. I get really cold feet too. I have custom footbeds in them. The shell has been grinded and streched to make more room, but now my boot fitter says there is nothign left he can do. Does anybody have any more ideas?
Also, there is a huge difference between being comfortable in the shop, and being comfortable while skiing. But how can one tell whether or not to buy a pair of boots based on wearing them only in the store.
And one more question. I have a tendency to be in the back seat while I ski sometimes. But I think that is partially because of my boots. What type of adjustments can be made to boots/skis that will help me to lean forward more?
Wait, I lied, I have another question. Can my custom footbeds be used for different boots then what they are in? When I buy new boots I won't have to get new footbeds will I?
post #39 of 40
Alta Girl,

Have you taken those langes to a boot fitter. If there are only a couple of tight spots he can heat the boot and expand it ot improve circulation. I don't know but it least you might be able to get some use from them.
post #40 of 40

The best thing would be to try the boots on to see if they fit. I too have a pie-shaped foot, narrow at the heel and wide at the instep, with a high arch. Yes, you can transfer your custom footbeds from boot to boot, but some filing may be necessary to get them to fit perfectly, which you want them to do. If necessary, have the boot tech "post" the footbed in the boot to prevent movement. I have had my Peterson footbeds since 1987.


Do you have a high arch that goes under the Missouri headwaters?
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