Stance is obviously an issue when quad burn happens. I was fortunate enough to train with Rick Schnellman this summer. And as he posted to my earlier thread, he checked the video and did not detect any stance issue (in the Kryptons) that would explain this.
So I am left with the different boot as the likely issue - but also the Aline footbed I got with these boots. I played around a lot today with both pair of boots. I use the same liner in each (Doberman leather lace up). Did the "squat test" and did not notice a great deal of difference between them. The lower I got, the more I was on my heels to balance. Was very little weight on the toes. Not sure what that means in terms of forward/aft balance or where shims would go to fix that. Did put some duct tape shims under the toes and then heels, but did not have a "breakthrough" impression when shimming either toe or heel.
So it occurred to me that the other variable from last year is the Aline footbeds that I got this year. I did have them "fitted" by a boot guy who did the whole balance thing. I ended up with a shim on the outside edge of each heel. Have to say, the edge control has been terrific. And for the first time, I have been able to turn equally strong in both directions. Skis track dead on (one-footed). And my wife says that have lost the "A frame" that was a problem this summer when I was training. So the re-alignment has definitely been a good thing.
But I wondered how much the ramp angle of the boot might be affected by these footbeds. So I pulled one out and left the other in. I felt more upright in the "without" boot and more forward in the "with" boot. I took a closer look. I do not have calipers, but it looks as if the footbed arch/heel area is about 1/2" thicker than the front. This, I assume puts the heel higher than the toes. Naturally, I am just eye-balling all of this. But was wondering from those who make footbeds whether this is a consideration. And whether a higher heel effectively raises the ramp angle or does anything else that might explain my quad issue. I will pull them out next time I go skiing to test the theory - but I like what they do for my skiing so I do not want to give up on them.
PS: Since posting I measured the forward lean of the Dobies vs. Kryptons. The Dobies are forward about 3/16" - not sure if this is enough to be significant.
And I was also wondering if softening the boot (by taking one of the bolts out) would allow me to stand taller between turns and unload the quads, if that is the culprit. We often hear about softening the boot to make the flex easier. But what about making it softer to make the extension (standing taller) easier. Or is that more of a cuff realignment issue?
Edited by deliberate1 - 1/10/10 at 1:28pm