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Any ideas for taking up excess boot slack??

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Bought some Lange Supercomp HP 140's but there must be at leat 2 inches (maybe 3?) between my toes and the tip of the liner. I've bundled up an old sock and jammed it into the toe part of the liner to take up the slack but have concerns the old sock might decompress. Any boot gurus out there...Is 2-3 inches too much slack? JB Weld I've heard does not decopress so maybe I layer the old sock with that. I'm a hack so please help before ski season begins...  
post #2 of 14
This is pretty straight forward. Find something warm and fuzzy, like perhaps a gerbil and put that into the front of your boots.

But seriously, return the boot to where you bought it and have them fit you into the correct size.

Plenty of boot sizing info in the bootfitting wiki's. There is enough info in the wiki to get you into the correct size boot.

jim
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post

This is pretty straight forward. Find something warm and fuzzy, like perhaps a gerbil and put that into the front of your boots.

But seriously, return the boot to where you bought it and have them fit you into the correct size.

Plenty of boot sizing info in the bootfitting wiki's. There is enough info in the wiki to get you into the correct size boot.

jim

 

Should you put the gerbil into the sock before you JB weld it in there or just JB weld the gerbil in there  ?  I'm confused.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks, the gerbil sounds like a good idea except they decompose. Why is the boot forum a "private forum"? Is this a pay per view site? I once suggested silicone spray for getting into tight race boots but soon after the precious boot forum was locked. Bunch of Yahoos.. Anyway can't wait to ski in 09-10
Go Pats..Go Bronks 
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Gerbil vs JB Weld.....TV Reality Show.... in negotiations
post #6 of 14
I do not think that the bootfitter forum is private. It is set up so only certain bootfitters can respond to the questions that are posted by anyone on epic.

jim
post #7 of 14
 Treewell,

The Ask a Bootfitter forum is precisely for these kind of questions and is for anyone here on Epic!  You, as a supporter, go directly to the front of the line brother!

And we are proud to be Yahoos!

I personally would styrofoam packing peanuts!  Great insulation and no smell!
post #8 of 14
If yo fill on the 2" in front of your toes then your feet will just have something to smash in to and bust your toenails off  from your feet floating around in boots that are too big.  I would wear two pair of fat wooly socks and leave the space (assuming I kept the boots).
post #9 of 14
Life getting a little lean these days? Buying boots 2-3 inches to big doesn't make any sense unless it is the only way that you can see to get out on the hill.

If you are really serious about trying to make these boots skiable for you then you need to think about your problem a little differently. Don't try to hold the foot in place by putting something in front of it, This really won't solve your problem or make the boot skiable. Instead, hold the foot in place by holding it down on the boot board and back in the heel pocket by using material over the top of the instep and up the shin a little ways. A piece of a good quality camping pad should work for this.

Cut it long enough that it will lay over your foot from the balls of your foot to several inches up your lower leg. Next place it over your foot and trace it so that both ends are rounded with the end that goes up over your lower shin tapering in narrower than the end towards your foot. Taper the edges back so that the pad doesn't end abruptly. Then slip it in your ski socks being carefull to get it positioned evenly over your foot, and try on your boot. Keep it on for awhile and then remove and look for bright red areas. Trim these back a little and try again. A little trimming goes a long way so be patient and go slow.

The goal is to keep the foot from rising up off the boot board as you are skiing, keeping it in contact with boot board all the time you are skiing, while at the same time, keeping the foot nestled back into the heel pocket as you ski and move through your turns. The other critical area is the upper cuff fit. You want to have a nice snug fit in the top buckle are as well to keep the boot responsive to tipping movements. If it is too loose in the upper cuff try using material in front and to the sides of the and not in the rear of the leg which might push you too far forward. Again, be sure to ease the edges of the material by tapering it back from the edge. Good luck!!!

Ya know, I just have to respond to the Yahoo comment. Many might say the term Yahoo better fits the person trying to make a 2-3 inch to large boot fit, rather than a person who is committed to finding a person the appropriate sized boot and fitting it accurately.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post

Bought some Lange Supercomp HP 140's but there must be at leat 2 inches (maybe 3?) between my toes and the tip of the liner. I've bundled up an old sock and jammed it into the toe part of the liner to take up the slack but have concerns the old sock might decompress. Any boot gurus out there...Is 2-3 inches too much slack? JB Weld I've heard does not decopress so maybe I layer the old sock with that. I'm a hack so please help before ski season begins...  

Your conversation with the salesperson that sold you those boots probably belongs in the thread: Ludicrous things salesmen say as he must have told you some crazy stuff to believe that a boot like that 'fit'.

There is no way you should have 2 inches from your toes to the front of your boot. I have size 9 EEEEE feet (extrememly wide) and I don't have more than half an inch of space fore and aft without the liner. Of course my boots have been stretched and ground.

Either that or I've just taken this fishing thread hook, line and sinker!

MR
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

Either that or I've just taken this fishing thread hook, line and sinker!

MR

Fish ON !!!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post




Fish ON !!!

 

I am just a sucker.
post #13 of 14
I could be wrong, it might be a real question but I doubt it.
post #14 of 14
Keep them, you'll grow in to them.
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