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Salomon impact 9 query

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
 I have had these boots for about three years now, and they have about 13 weeks skiing on them. Initially I really liked them, they fitted great after some punching for my wide feet, however recently I have found that after wearing them for a couple of hours, they get really soft, especially in warmer weather. If i try to buckle them up to make them stiffer, I cut off circulation. In cold weather they are ok, but I am beggining to think they might be a bit soft/below my level, especially as they have a low cuff height. I am quite small, 5'7'' and 140ish pounds, so they were a good boot for me when I bought them, but my level has increased substantially, and I am now around a level 8, and a part time instructor, ski the whole mountain etc.

1. Can you make the boot a bit stiffer with rivets, or is it not customiseable at all - Its quite a cheap boot I know.
2. Do I need a new boot?
3. If I do need a new one, how can I balance my need for a more precise/racer fit, without going too stiff for my low weight?
post #2 of 6
1)  yes

2)  if they fit well, no.  If they are too big, then yes,  next shell size down

3)  fit = shape.   flex = stiffness.   They are not the same thing...  Also boots can be made sofer, but not that much stiffer, so get boots that are small, narrow, and stiff, and make changes from that point.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
 Thanks. The fit at the moment is not the problem - they are the right size. I'll see what I can do about making them a bit stiffer, but I expect I will have to get a new boot sometime soon.
post #4 of 6
add the rear Tnuts,   add a stiff booster strap, add a SL plate, 

all that might help a bit to make them stiffer, but will not effect the fit/shape
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
 Thanks, this is all useful advice. Just wondering what a SL plate is on a boot?
post #6 of 6
extra plate that some world cup, or race boots come with to make them stiffer.

extra plastic that goes between some of the layers of the shell, in the font of the boot.
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