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Idea to bring down volume

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Thread Starter 

I have a pair of head edge+ sx boots which fit for about a week until the liners packed out.  Now I see I would need a full size smaller, but can't afford buying a new pair.  I have a pair of superfeet green insoles in them which I have worn for about 5 months in my running shoes that fit my feet well.

 

I have 3 main issues.  The width is a hair too wide, the length is far to long, and the top of the tongue no matter what I do buckle wise is too tight compared to the lower shin/ankle area.

 

I had an idea which I simulated which was 1/4" of cork on top of the food board, which would alleviate the length issue and the width.  For the tongue, I was going to put some foam down where it was too small to tighten it up.  I also considered a tiny amount of foam on the sides of the heals to make sure they don't budge.  All of these made for a very very snug fit, but no pain.

 

Do you see anything wrong with this, or do you have any other solutions for someone who cannot afford new boots, and does not live within distance of a boot fitter?  Any tips, suggestions, or experience would be appreciated.

 

Thank You Very Much!

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel Lukes


Edited by (Private User) - 11/7/10 at 6:42pm
post #2 of 8

if it feels good keep going.  That boot is HUGE volume, so odds are it will keep packing out.   Extra socks, or very thick socks might help too.

 

maybe look around for a local used pair in 1-2 sizes smaller/ narrower?  might be better?

 

the right answer (and I think you know this) is get boots smaller volume, smaller size, that fit, but keep playing to try to get it better.

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Thread Starter 

I think I'm getting somewhere!

 

Today I made some of it permanent.  I got 1/8th inch thick sheets of cork, cut them to shape, and covered them with ductape (3 layers on top of bootboard).  I put a piece of cork on the outside of my liner behind my heel to stop front/back wiggle.  When I buckled up with thin socks, everything felt really tight, except for my lower shin which I'm working on.

 

My toes were very tight, wigglable, but pressure was on them.  Is this good?

post #4 of 8

The good advice would be to give up on these boots and follow mtlion's suggestions.  While it is possible to make a small boot bigger ---it is not possible to make a big boot smaller.

post #5 of 8

Dan Lukes,

 

Your story sounds similar to my first endeavors into boot fitting!  Sounds like you could have future in the ski industry to me!  Keep at it and you will get your boots working better and learn something along the way! ....and when you are ready for new boots, you know better now!

post #6 of 8

Dan Lukes,

 

Your story sounds similar to my first endeavors into boot fitting!  Sounds like you could have future in the ski industry to me!  Keep at it and you will get your boots working better and learn something along the way! ....and when you are ready for new boots, you know better now!

post #7 of 8

Dan Lukes,

 

Your story sounds similar to my first endeavors into boot fitting!  Sounds like you could have future in the ski industry to me!  Keep at it and you will get your boots working better and learn something along the way! ....and when you are ready for new boots, you know better now!

post #8 of 8

Dan:

clearly Bud wants you to stay with the project.  Personally I like your inventiveness, but agree with the other guys that you are fighting a losing battle.  However, you certainly will be able to make things much better than they are and eventually you'll purchase new boots and be surprised that they ski even better than what you will morph the edge

s into.

 

Lot's of downward pressure on your toes isn't great.  Get some of the space back.

 

Lou

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