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Bad boot fit or just bad skiing?

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Hi, I've been struggling with some boot issues and wanted to get some "outside" opinions. I have very low volume feet, low arches, skinny heels, and bony ankles, and always have trouble finding good fitting shoes in general, especially for anything athletic that needs a secure fit.

 

I got new boots last year, Salomon Falcon CS, to replace an older pair that I started with that turned out to be too big. I went to several shops, and they all pointed me towards various models of salomons because of my foot shape. I also had new superfeet cork custom insoles made to go with the boots. I went to a local bootfitter with a good reputation, and they didn't recommend any other tweaks right away. I went to another bootfitter while on vacation last spring and they said the fit looked fine too.

 

Anyway the falcons feel very snug, but with some room to wiggle my toes, and the shell fit seems correct, but when I hit more challenging terrain like glades or steep runs with loose crud or tracked powder, I still feel like my feet shift around a bit. I feel like I start to "grab with my toes", and I know that usually means the boots are too big, even though off the slopes they seem like they should be just right. Sometimes I end up really tightening down the buckles, especially the one across the top of the foot, but then I lose circulation quickly.

 

What I've found though is that I can counter this if I focus on driving my heels back in the boots by flexing my ankles, and forcing my weight down and forward. So I'm not sure if it's a really fit issue, or just bad technique that puts me in the backseat and then moves my feet in ways the boots weren't meant to deal with redface.gif  I have taken several lessons, and keeping my weight forward was one thing that kept coming up.

 

So, any tips about how to recognize if these are really technique issues, and not fit issues? Or am I at risk for just developing different bad technique because my boots don't fit?

 

about me: I'm 36, 5'7", ~140lbs; been snowboarding for about 10 years, and gradually switching over to skiing the past few years. Last year was the first year I really focused just on skiing. I'm comfortable on just about any blue run, and getting comfortable with most black runs (in summit county/vail), enjoy glades if they're not too steep, and not so great at pure mogul runs.

 

post #2 of 3

sounds like technique.   When you start to do things, that the boot was not disigned to do (sit back) then it doesn't feel right.  

When you do what you should be doing in a boot, it feels good?  correct?



Sounds like this boot is helping you to ski better (just think of trying to ski this terrain in your old, wide, big boots).

 

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sounds like technique.   When you start to do things, that the boot was not disigned to do (sit back) then it doesn't feel right.  When you do what you should be doing in a boot, it feels good?  correct?

 

It does feel a lot better in the boots, and I feel more stable overall, but it's a lot more tiring in my quads. Had to cut my day short yesterday because they started cramping and my turns were getting sloppy. But that might have just been because I don't normally do that many harder runs in a row. I'll keep experimenting with this to try to find a good balance, and maybe try another lesson this year...

 

 

 

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Sounds like this boot is helping you to ski better (just think of trying to ski this terrain in your old, wide, big boots).

 

Yep, it wouldn't have been pretty smile.gif

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