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Just so happens buy new boots tmrw.
SPK Kreations. ^^
any difference with the pro model you think?'
would you think it would be wise in investing in them?
i have some big troubles...i was doing the same at the video of "teach talk-episode boots"
but if i get one and half finger between the ankle and the plastic, the boots is too small for me, and if i stay more than 10 minutes with the boots on, I start to feel that i lose the circulation, what can i do to fix this? i don't know how to find the corect size of boots.
yo dudes im prob goin right against what this thread says but i need some ideas for boots, i basically know of NO boots other than head mojo's (the ones i own right now, getting too small) and spk's. i want to expand my options
anybody have suggestions on boots that fit these categories:
-pretty soft, i ride basically all park. somethin def softer than my mojos (with a 100 flex index)
-less buckles and straps. i hate having 4 buckles. any boots other than spks that have less?
i'm 5'11 and weigh 150, i do medium jumps (for where i live) like 10-30 ft, and lots of rails/boxes/etc. just looking for a broader perspective on what to look at.
Have a look at the Salomon Shogun...its like the Ghost only softer. It has 3 buckles and is park orientated. Look at Fulltilt boots as well....they look pretty 80's , but are very good (tend to be narrowish fit)
If you can stomach something with a little more bite look at the Nordica Jah Love which is a freerider orietated boot (happy in the park too)....its a classic 4 buckle affair mind. Essentially its the Nordica Dobermann pro 130 only with a softer flex, shock absorbing foot plate and liner. (I use the pro 130 and its incredibly good).
Another thing, dont worry about the flex too much, the reason being all boots can be softened by removing the spine bolts and if you need even more softening you can 'V' cut the lower shell (inside). A good ski tech can do this with a dremmel tool or stanley (which is not so fun!).
When it comes to boot choice go for fit first and then look to get the boot softened if needed.. Oh yeah and dont be distracted by fancy grpahics either, half the time you cant see boots for the baggies.
Sounds like you need a trip to a good boot fitter!
Shin bang can be caused by several things including ill fitting boots i.e. when you dont get enough support from the upper cuff, when the tongue and liners are packed out, or if you are using a shitty static power strap that come as standard on most boots (or any combo of these), poor alignment can make this worse!
Canting adjusts the boot laterally which will help adjust the way you flex 'fore and aft' in the boot, helping reduce being 'knock kneed', however in bad cases of alignment custom foots beds and possibly shims are required in additon to making the canting adjustments.
>Custom foot beds are a must for anybody as they improve weight and pressure distribution over the foot, help circulation and also orientate the foot better in the boot<
Places like Surefit or specialist local shops should be able to assess your needs and advise on what you need specifically.
You may also need a new boot!
Circulation could be a problem!
Assuming you have a properly fitted boot, most of the buckling action is on the upper cuff (top and bottom buckle). You need enough pressure in the sytem to close the boot off snugly....depending on your calf size somewhere in the middle of the rails give or take. Move the rails if you need to,
The fore foot buckles only need enough pressure to close the boot off, first or second rail in most cases (use the micro adjusters)...On a good fitting boot the fore foot buckles do not need to be tight....over tightening these buckles deforms the shell pushing it downwards, cutting off the blood vessels across the top of the foot.
Powerstrap!!! > put it round the liner and not over the shell as most would think, youwill get a better feel, flex and support...better still buy a Booster strap, they are outstanding and well worth the investment (remove the old strap if you replace it with one of these). The extra support also helps to reduce the tendancy to over tighten the upper cuff buckles too.
Foots beeds, pins and needles can be caused by poor weight distribution and support, consider getting some custom foot beds in those suckers and check your alingment in the boot, the canting may also need to be adjusted.
And last off all......if your skiing in the back seat (as many freestylers do!!!) this will restrict the circulation in your legs because the pressure from leaning back on your calf's simply will cut off the blood flow. Get centred and flex those ankles!
Hope that helps.
Conform'able custom moulded foot beds! Worth the money.
Generic footbeds never work as each and every foot is different. I've fitted hundreds of these and I use them myself...I've also tried everything else too and noting tops em'. They work for everybody from begginers to pros and material can be added to them depending on your needs. If your a freestyler you should be fine to go with the standard version as you will want the footbed to flex with your foot naturally. A racer would add material to stiffen it up, but with that you lose the comfort.
Make sure you get em made but a tech who knows what they are doing...I've seen some hash jobs of these!...but when done right they arre sweeeet!!
Technica's tend to have a high in step....if you have a low instep then this maybe why the tongue slips... It sounds though, as with so many people, your boots are just too big.
To bodge it, put your power strap around the liners (inside of the cuff plastic, instead of the outside) this will give you more support and help stop the tounge drop.
In the long term though go find a good ski shop and get a proper fit.
cheers for the help, i've come to the conclusion after the season and then returning to skiing months later in a snowdome that it's an issue of flexibility. since genetically my dads side of the family have very very tight achilles areas they tend to cramp up and this is compounded by poor circulation, heart value issues, yes my genetics are awesome! it comes together to produce pins and needles and calf pain. did get a booster strap also, i loves it.
just thought i'd make this reply just in case anyone else is suffering. the solution, stretching. everytime before and after skiing and after every shower (so you're nice a warm)