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Best Foot Beds
I've been around long enough to hear the "go to a boot fitter rants" closest one that is worth a damn is 8+ hours.... So I have 2011 Full Tilt Booters and they need some updating this year. New heel replacements, (Full tilt power strap OR booster strap, what's your opinion), (I need much stiffer tongues, the #4 flex just doesn't cut it so I don't know if #10 is way to much or if I should just go with the easy to find #7 flex on their website or if #8 is worth looking for, you opinions?, I am 250lbs and fairly aggressive in the park), and the major thing I need are some foot boards. Now I don't have a price limit but also don't need to spend $300 for custom ones, I'm looking for some good cut to fit or just supportive foot beds that I can place in my boot because my feet get tired from the flat liner surface. If you have any suggestions please let me know or direct me to another thread.
Go for a Booster strap it'll stiffen your boot up. Although it's worth biting that Boosters give a more progressive flex to the boot, so it night feel a little different at first. Most people are fine with the regular Booster, but if you want a stiffer more dynamic boot there is also a World Cup model strap too. If the 4 flex is feeling too soft, I'd look at going up to the 8 flex as a minimum. Lots of guys still ride an 8 flex in the park with no problem, because in comparison to other boots on the marker, an 8 flex is relatively soft.
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Okay that's what I was thinking as far as booster strap goes over FT version. Also if I go with the #8 flex tongue to you think it would be almost over kill to go ahead and get the World Cup model? And do you know if they even make an #8 flex for the influence shell???
Footbed wise honestly don't even bother with trim to fits. They simply are not worth the 50 buck you will spend on them. They can't really hope to support your foot correctly as they have to be generic enough to fit the majority of people. This means the support is way to low for all but the very flattest of feet.
Your bet bet will be a well made sidas footbed with I would imagine a dd (dual density foam) sabaliser. Sidas give the best options in terms of mding and getting the foot back to neutral. The fact they are hand shaped also means the stiffness of the support really can be soaked in to your exact needs. Worth every penny and if made right will easily out live the boots so you can get a long life out of them making them more cost effective.
Tounge wise like above go minimum of 8 I would think 10 would still be soft for someone your size. A 10 tounge is softer then most 120 flex boots so pretty soft for someone your size. Boosters are great too and can certainly add support to the top of the shell. Try the differnt ones when you go to buy them. Just wrap them around the shell and flex a. See which you like. Try them with the new tounges obviously.
Let me know if you have any questions about footbeds.
I will look into the Sidas foot beds have not heard of them before. Would I have to go to a ski shop for them or would a really good shoe custom store have something like that? And I did expect to do something like that over the cut to fit but I this point I just need something more even if it's not for a long time. And I will look into #10 flex tongue idk if you may know or not but the highest flex I have found for the influence models is #7? And I also think I am going to go with the Pro Cup booster strap especially if #7 is the stiffest I can get. Thanks for the info
Regarding the tounges I don't know what th stiffest is you can get for those boot.
Footbed wise no a shoe shop won't have anything. The way you stabilise a foot to ski is very differnt to how you support it in shoes. In shoes walking you need to both supernate and pronate every step. It a ski boot you need to cut down the pronation and supernation as much as possible to give you a solid engery transfer. You may fin that a really good hiking shop can do them depending on weather the have the correct footbed in stock. Sidas do make footbeds for shoes and you could technically use them but they are a bit to soft and a bit big volume to be really efficient.
So really yeah you need a very good boot fitting shop to make footbeds for you. Ring a few shop and find out what they offer also speak to the fitter and see what kind of medical knowledge they have relating to feet.
The stiffest tongue made for the Influence shell is a #6. That is the tongue that comes on the High Five boot.
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Their website says they have a #5 flex and a #7 flex replacements
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