cleaning the dust off my boots/ making adjustments for the season

more boot work for ski trip on 2-3-2012

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The wed prior to the trip I visited a new ski store to me called Moxies powder house. Very cool little shop out of a guys house. So I discussed with the bootfitter my toe pressure dilema. It was decided he would rather save boot stretching for last as its possible with the older shell it could be damaged. Stretching the liner made sense but in the end it was decided to try reheating my super feet footbeds and flattening them more. They are old and the toe area curled up. This seemed to work as during skiing I didnt notice any pressure problem on my right toe. Will see if this remains fixed. I did notice my left foot was lightly cramping. This Im sure is due to the footbed not seated correctly in the boot. This happens every time I take them out for drying. UGH. Will try to come up with a fix for this too.

It wasn't all that cold out, maybe hitting 29 degrees F at the worst, but still no frozen feet which I know would have happened with the raptors, so this is great news for my cold feet I had in the past.

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  1. Bushido Princess's Avatar
    Toby, I would not take the beds out for drying. You should not need to do that. Pulling them in and out all the time wears them out. If you want to dry your insides use newspaper or a little boot dryer. Once the boot is set up I would leave leave the footbeds and liners alone. Even the Hottronics directions say to take the liners out every time to let them dry but that is really not necessary at all and will only damage the liners over time. I am really glad your boots are more comfortable though. That will make a big difference in your skiing. Keep us posted on your progress now that you are working on Building Blocks. I am very excited for you and I want to know how you do. And I am really glad your feet are warmer. I know all about popsickle toes!
    BP
    Updated February 6th, 2012 at 08:34 AM by Bushido Princess
  2. Toby's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bushido Princess
    Toby, I would not take the beds out for drying. You should not need to do that. Pulling them in and out all the time wears them out. If you want to dry your insides use newspaper or a little boot dryer. Once the boot is set up I would leave leave the footbeds and liners alone. Even the Hottronics directions say to take the liners out every time to let them dry but that is really not necessary at all and will only damage the liners over time. I am really glad your boots are more comfortable though. That will make a big difference in your skiing. Keep us posted on your progress now that you are working on Building Blocks. I am very excited for you and I want to know how you do. And I am really glad your feet are warmer. I know all about popsickle toes!
    BP

    HI BP,,

    Thanks! I think your right. While the superfeet seem to perform okay, they don't seem all that durable to me. Kind of disapointing really, but the cork bottoms do seem to come apart and they always seem to warp. Do you use a boot dryer? Thanks for your encouragment as well. Im actually pretty excited about the building blocks. Even though Im not all that good at them yet, I am really interested in focusing on the balance drills, especially on my inside foot. What is your favorite drill so far?
  3. Bushido Princess's Avatar
    Hey Toby,
    You are so welcome. Any advice I can offer you to help I am glad to share. When I was on staff I used it because it was available. I don't have one now so I don't use it but I have not needed to. My boots dry fine overnight even without it and without newspaper unless water spills into them. I had a bottle of water leak into my boot once. I took the liners out then. But just letting them sit in the mudroom is fine.

    I love all the drills. It's hard to pick a favorite. I think I like the one footed ones best in the Basic Balance DVD and the practising wide and narrow skid angles with different turn shapes and radii in the Basic Edging. In Basic Balance I can do everything except the drills where I balance on the inside ski. I am just starting those. They are much harder for me but I remember how hard it was to do the ones balancing on the outside ski when I first started them so I am sure I will get these as well and love them just as much.
  4. Little Tiger's Avatar
    Toby - I always removed my liners to allow my boots to dry. If not small amounts of moisture build up would leave ice between my liner and shell...

    Now though I have the perfect solution. HotGear boot bag!

    It dries the boot completly overnight on low(my feet do not sweat much). Better yet when I get to the lodge and boot up my boots are warm and flexible so I can easily put them on and get my foot positioned properly on the footbeds. As you say a small deviation can cause a lot of grief to the feet. I have quite a bit of correction inside my boots(say bad feet) and can need to remove my foot from the boot, take the liner out, and replace it all just to shed foot pain. Now this has not happened at all since I got the bags, not even a small cramp or ouch moment.

    I can strongly recommend these bags - super good to have warm soft boots to put on when you get to the lodge.
  5. Bushido Princess's Avatar
    (copying this entry to ski shop thread)
    LT, I use a 12 volt bootwarmer that goes inside the boots on my way to Roundtop and turn on the car heat on low with the floor fan on so that it blows on my boots. I am wondering if that has the same effect as your bootbag or if the bag warms the boots differently. I was looking at getting one of those bags eventually especially if we ever start traveling beyond Roundtop.
  6. Toby's Avatar
    copying this entry to ski shop thread)
    LT, I use a 12 volt bootwarmer that goes inside the boots on my way to Roundtop and turn on the car heat on low with the floor fan on so that it blows on my boots. I am wondering if that has the same effect as your bootbag or if the bag warms the boots differently. I was looking at getting one of those bags eventually especially if we ever start traveling beyond Roundtop.
    Hi BP,

    I always try to put my boot under the dash too with heat and blower on high, especially after coming home. The plastic seems fairly soft and flexible and almost too hot to touch after an hour, but still not sure if it gets rid of all the moisture that gets caught between the shell and liner. I just always took boots apart out of protocol, but maybe its not necessary and I'm just paranoid. The hot bags sound neat, but I am one of those all to practical people that rarely upgrades. I reason that I already have a perfectly good boot bag. Why dump it for something fancy. But that's just me. Maybe one day I will treat myself to something like that.
  7. Toby's Avatar
    New update on my ski boot modifications.

    Friday March 2, I went skiig at Snoqualmie Pass. 5th time going this year.

    24 degrees, wet and at one point raining. I tightened the lower buckle as Dave suggested and behold, my tingling and lack of circulation in the left boot went away. My feet are warm so far. Lets see when it gets colder. I also noticed for the first time that I can feel my left toe overhanging the foot bed when leaving the boots unbuckled. I think I need to push the bed more foreward into the liner. I never noticed this before. This is also the second or third day I've skied without my heel lift and so far I feel better balanced and "knock on wood" I am not noticing any issues falling into the back seat.

    Now for another issue. I decided to remove my drive plates because my shins are uncomfortable. While my shins are now more comfortable, and I can tighten the cuff more securely, I am now locked into a fore stance. I didn't have this problem before hand. This leads me to believe that my ramp angle was always too high, but the fact I couldn't tighten the cuffs nearly so with the drive plates, I could center my leg more in the cuff. I will try loosening the booster next time and see if this problem goes away. if not, there is only one alternative to fix it and that's to add a taller toe lift. I do not want to do this. And I cant change ramp angle on my integrated skis. Hopefully this week or next I'll get a chance to find out.
    Updated March 7th, 2012 at 05:30 AM by Toby