I am in my second pair of Nordica Speedmachine 14s, which I love. First pair 305 mm bsl, second 315 mm bsl. I bought the second originally as parts as they were $15.00 (albeit with a foamed liner) at a yard sale and almost new, but now they are my daily driver using the stock liner from the first pair.
The problem is that I bend the little toe buckle on the boots with a frequency that concerns me. I ski the trees and slopes where it isn't unlikely to hit something on a powder day. That isn't going to change. My inside boot little toe buckle will catch on snags under the snow and bend.
The Sharpie is an indication of how far the buckle is lifted. It is twisted so the the leading edge of the flat mounting section is raised while the trailing edge is about as it was originally. The buckle lever is as close to the boot as it will get right now
I'm a do it yourself kind of guy and I've already pulled a mangled buckle off the original pair and replaced it with buckle from a parts bin. It was a pretty good match and I don't mind going that route on this buckle, however, I was wondering if you could recommend:
- a method for straightening the buckle, once I remove it from the boot: assuming heat is good prior to re-bending, but how best to heat it, how hot, etc. Should I quench it after heating and re-bending?
- a source for T-nuts of the proper size (I haven't checked the hardware store yet)
- a way to reduce the likeihood of catching the buckle again (not skiing trees is not an option)
- can the buckle pieces be swapped (put the buckle on the top and the row of hooks on the side) as I see AT boots doing these days. Would that help?
I am really concerned that I am going to rip the boot apart while skiing regardless of the route I take to fix the buckle. What can I do to protect the buckle?
Thanks in advance for your responses.