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Repairing boot bases

post #1 of 7
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My Techinica boots are a few years old now and worn a little on the heel and toe from walking on hard surfaces. At this stage it is not to the binding interface points so doesn’t affect the function of the bindings, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with building the base back to the original level, and if so what material they used?

When I had the boots planed (for canting) the shop built up the top of the heel and toe binding points with standard epoxy, however I thought that would be too brittle to use on the base.

I must get myself some Cat-tracks!


post #2 of 7
Regular epoxy is to brittle for even the tops of the binding interfaces. The proper material is a polyurethane of similar density to the boot's material.

To rebuild the bottom fo the boot, the above mentioned material won't work. If there are no rubber inserts at the heel edge, then you could plane the soles smooth and screw on some race sole risers. They are designed to be glued and screwed onto new boot soles, so if you can get yours flat again, that is your only option.
post #3 of 7
I don't plastic weld the tops any more. I put lifters on the bottom and cut the top down.
Lifters might be the answer. Possibly shave the bottoms flat first?
I tell anyone that I shave their boots for cant to buy Cat Tracks and USE them. Shame on you for not using them.
The lifters Technica sells for their Icon can easily be modified to work on their other models.

[ November 13, 2002, 09:35 PM: Message edited by: SLATZ ]
post #4 of 7
I'm looking for a good material to build up the top of the toe and heel of my boots after a sole grind. (Adding after market boot sole lifters is not an option due to USSA height restrictions)

The material needs to be machinable. What do most boot shops use? I know that some use a welded plastic, but not all of them, something easier to handle would be better for me. Thanks!

- Paul
post #5 of 7
My ski shop routed the sole and screwed in some black plastic pieces, made for that purpose, on both the toe and heel sole, after grinding (planing actually) the soles for canting. These are somewhat treacherous when walking on a slick floor, however.
post #6 of 7
I know another good reason for using cat tracks: being a poor high school student who wants his boots to last a long time! Seriously, is it worth $15 to keep your boots around and your ACL's intact?
post #7 of 7
Check with your local ski shop, you may be able to order new toe and heal pieces for your boots.

Typically not cheap, but cheaper then new boots.

Not 100% sure you can do it, but more then likely can.

Good luck.
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