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Hiking in your boots- loosen them up or keep them buckled down?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
say you're hiking short, often rocky 15 minute hikes an average of 4 per day. Can you loosen your boots for comfort and improved balance due to forward flex? A 130 boot isn't the easiest for technical rock hikes. Will the loose boot being hiked in cause wierd packing of the liner, that's the question? will the boot then fit poorly as the liner conforms to the movement created by hiking the boot loose? thanks.
post #2 of 11
I usually keep the forefoot of my boot (lower 2 buckles) done up as tight as I would when skiing but I loosen the cuff buckles as much as they will go.

I did this for nearly 8 years on a pair of boots and never had a problem with weird packout.
post #3 of 11
I agree that you just open the top two buckles (or top one on a 3-buckle boot) for hiking, as in heel down first walking.  If you are climbing something steep where you are just punching your toes in the snow, or balancing on rock, then leaving them buckled probably works better, but you have to be careful because you do not have as much margin for error backward for maintaining your balance with the top buckled. 
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
yeah, rocking back on a chunk of scree is not confidence inspiring.

your comment on the type of walking, toe holds or strolling toe heel is well taken.
 
these boots are pretty comfy so I mostly need to let the forefoot relax occaisionally. Don't ski a tight boot anymore due to that being too cold and too damaging to the foot, sixth toes, big bumps forming etc.

thanks for the comments. basically, thus far we have it that the liner would be most sensitive to the fit and snugness of the lower 2 buckles, the cuff not as much, yes?
post #5 of 11
I would say it wont mess up the fit of your boot too much regardless of which buckles you undo.  Sometimes with my AT boots I will undo all of the buckles if I have a long rocky hike ahead of me and just do up the booster strap to keep everything together, it just depends on how sore my feet are.  To date I don't think I have adversely affected the heat molding of my liners.

I just generally prefer to keep the lower buckles done up to keep my heel from lifting out of the heel pocket in my liner.  I think it all comes down to a matter of personal preferance and comfort.

You might want to post this thread over at TGR. You may get more responses and opinions as that forum seems to be a bit more backcountry/slackcountry oriented.
post #6 of 11
it wil not screw up your liner.   if your boots are a bit big, keep buckles done up to hold your foot down.  if your boots are tighter, you can open buckles and the shell shape of the boot will keep your foot in place on its own.
Do what you need to, dont worry about the liners.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

it wil not screw up your liner.   if your boots are a bit big, keep buckles done up to hold your foot down.  if your boots are tighter, you can open buckles and the shell shape of the boot will keep your foot in place on its own.
Do what you need to, dont worry about the liners.
 

Thanks, apprectiate the info., clearly you know what I'm thinking about. Now I can let go of worrying about the liners. The boots are just so perfect, for the first time in a long time.
post #8 of 11
Climbing around rocky scree I would bet more concerned with scarring up the soles of my boots, not my liners.  Unless you've got Vibram soles.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Totally. Got the Vibrams. Awesome set up. thanks.
post #10 of 11
Most of the time I just open the cuff buckles but keep them latched in the same place. I also relax the power strap as well. When I get to the top I just snap the buckles shut, tighten the strap and away I go. I've never noticed anything negative happening to the liner because of this, but I'm only hiking 4-6 times a week.
post #11 of 11
 I think the important thing is that your foot doesn't rub in the boot while hiking around.  This always gives me blisters and other problems.  I also think if the foot is moving excessively in the boot you might start to negatively affect the custom molded fit.
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