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BCXC : Breaking trail with soft soled boots - underboot clumping problem. OUCH!

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm getting a really hard clump of packed-in snow   that tucks in right at the bending point of the boots, directly under where the bellows would be.

When the foot goes forward, the pain is excruciating because the foot is wedged between the bail of the 3 pin binding and the hard clump of semi-ice under the boot.

Suggestions, ideas?      

Atomic Rainiers with Rottefella Super Telemarks, Atomic Explorer boots.
post #2 of 10
Not fun. Silicone or wax spray?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
By 'wax spray'   do you mean Boeshield T-9 type or a ski-duty one?   

I siliconed up the bindings, but the snow is now crusty and doesn't form the ice wedges.

We're getting another round of fresh on Christmas eve; I'm hesitant to even go out in it.

Wonder if a taller lift under the binding (10mm now) would help.
post #4 of 10
I was just thinking that using a spray wax or silicon (like on fish scales/patterned bases) on the bottom of your boots and on the bindings it'd reduce the clumping and packing. Aside from the packing, there's nothing like being out in fresh Xmas snow, as you know. Snowshoes?

Happy Holidays and snow storms!
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Is there such a thing as anti-ice tape with a really long rear tongue?
post #6 of 10
Not sure about tape, but there's this:



I can't tell the difference between it and Universal LF, however.

Or this, etc:

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Oh, and best snow wishes for you!
post #8 of 10
 Some of my Voilé bindings came with Teflon stickers that cover the metal part under the front of the foot, but I never used them. I can probably find a pair, if you think that might help. I've experienced similar clumping skiing downhill, but only after a fall or skiing switch. I've heard Pam works.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 Some of my Voilé bindings came with Teflon stickers that cover the metal part under the front of the foot, but I never used them. I can probably find a pair, if you think that might help.
 

Thanks, I had a spare pair of Voile ones too and they're on there now.   I just wish they were 2-3 inches longer.



I've experienced similar clumping skiing downhill, but only after a fall or skiing switch.

Hee.    This is some mad snow.      D'ya get any downhill action off this one?      Arlington was fantastic: dry pow on all west faces like off Ridge Rd or Columbia Pike or down by I66.    South and east faces were not so hot, bit wet at the bottom.      Wish I'd had the guts to bomb Glebe Rd up by Chain Bridge on XC skis, that would have been a once in a lifetime score.
post #10 of 10
 No, I missed the boat this time. Just a little tour of the neighborhood Sunday. I was using the boots that hurt my feet so bad last time, I had sworn I would never put my feet in them again. Cabin fever delirium made me do it, I put some custom insoles in that changed the fit in a very good way, and I didn't lace as tight as before, not perfect, but not bad. 

Most of the tour was fun, but clumping on the bases caused me to walk the last half mile home, Still figuring this XC thing out, waxless doesn't mean no wax needed, haha. Lesson learned.
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