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Dale Boots update

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Any snowheads belonging to the funny feet club may be interested to learn that following the closure of Outdoor Traders there are some new developments. Richard Shayler, who I understand used to work with James, is opening a new business in Abingdon from mid October. The address is 20-21 Market Place Abingdon OX14 5BY. This is to be a full factory service with boots being made in Abingdon. For more info contact richard@daleboot.com
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that is correct

Richard has spent the past 4 years working at daleboot in Kitz running their workshop, he will as has been said be building the boots on site so the turn around time will be massively reduced
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Great news. Thanks for that.
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Will the shop be selling other makes do you know? And will the provide other services like boot adjustments and ski servicing?
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Right now they will only be selling and fitting the dale boot products
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whats happened to Outdoor Traders as without James assistance and Dale boots I would not be able to ski?
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Des wrote:
whats happened to Outdoor Traders as without James assistance and Dale boots I would not be able to ski?

Closed at end of June.
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
Des wrote:
whats happened to Outdoor Traders as without James assistance and Dale boots I would not be able to ski?

Closed at end of June.


and from the OP...
Quote:

James, is opening a new business in Abingdon from mid October. The address is 20-21 Market Place Abingdon OX14 5BY.
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Gämsbock wrote:


and from the OP...
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James, is opening a new business in Abingdon from mid October. The address is 20-21 Market Place Abingdon OX14 5BY.


A slightly misleading quote there, as you've clipped the text to make it look like the OP said James is opening the workshop. The OP actually says it's someone who used to work with James.
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@sugarmoma666, sorry, you are right. I misread it - I wasn't being intentionally misleading. Embarassed
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So what happens if I already bought Dale Boots from James, in reliance on his lifetime fitting policy? Am I now stuck with very expensive boots that don't really fit and hurt my feet? It all seems quite unfair.

Would I now have to pay again to fix my problems, when that was already included in my original purchase. Can't say I am really happy about this. Sad
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Imagine the lifetime guarantee is going to be given by the entity selling, i.e. a corporate entity. Over flies the veil of incorporation and once that entity is gone so is the guarantee. Guarantees are only as good as the giver of it.

You may get some goodwill from this Richard but unlikely he has an obligation
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You are probably right, but Dale itself should stand behind their boots and cover situations like this. I can't ski for more than 2-3 minutes without stopping in mine.
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@Bobab out of interest did they fit properly at the time? You feet can change (mine did and made a pair of perfectly fitted boots hurt like hell).

Maybe you should ring up and ask. Frankly it's a small industry where people rely on reputation, I'd be surprised if he didn't try to help you however he can.
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@Bobab, from what i know Richard is taking care of any of Jame's customers who have any dale boot issues... as @dp asked, were they good when you left the shop, i ask this because often the answer is yes (i wouldn't expect anyone would walk out of a shop with a boot which was hurting them! if you did then maybe you have to question why) next thing comes down to ski technique and flexibility, if i refer someone for a daleboot it is for one of three reasons or a combination of them (where i know that an off the shelf/fitted boot will only cause pain long term), there has to be some onus on the individual to work on flexibility if that is what their issue is, so if you have a muscle tightness to the point that a daleboot isn't working for you (it can be made the mot upright boot on the market barr none) and you haven't done anything about it, then sorry to be blunt, but maybe you you are not in the right sport.

instead of bumping your gums on an internet forum why not e mail Richard via his website www.daleboot.co.uk and ask the question, but i would do it politely, he is quite at liberty to tell you that it is not his problem, but as i said above i believe from what has been said so far that this would not be the case.
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@Bobab, “I can't ski for more than 2-3 minutes without stopping in mine.“

You can’t be serious.
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Thank you for your replies (no need to be patronising though).

As for the boots. They were fine, tight, but certainly not painful. Perhaps not as tight as I wanted them to be first time around.

I wasn't sent there for Dale boots. I went there after doing some internet research because James was recommended, and I just wanted to make sure I had the option to go with Dale if I had to. I also have had issues with snowboard boots because the back part of my feet is narrow and the front wide, so I was never able to find a boot that would be comfortable, but prevented heel lift. Having a boot which could be "fitted" to this shape seemed like a good idea. I just didn't want to have another trip being made less enjoyable by ill fitting boots. Just to note, I never had pain in hire ski boots. Just more way movement than I would like.

I don't know if I have tightness problems. Where would I feel the pain if I did? My pain seems to radiate from the bottom middle of my feet and if I continue skiing take over my entire feet. It can become so bad that I am unable to breath. I think it is worse on flats than steeps.

And yes, the pain can often start in less than 5 minutes. Last time I couldn't ski with instruction group after the first 30 minutes each day for a whole week.

Unless I have some physical problem that I experience when I am skiing only, then the problem seems to be in the footbeds.

To be fair, James has always been willing to help and adjust the boots. But the whole process is rather frustrating, made worse by the fact that it is a long trip out of London on the train and the bus ... and you never know whether the adjustments have fixed the problem or made it worse until you are on your next ski trip and by then it is too late.
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@Bobab, assuming that the pain only comes on when actually skiing (ie so it's probably not a fit/footbed issue) then my punter diagnosis would be lack of range of ankle flex/tight calves. Get a Pro Stretch from CEM & use it everyday from now. A worse scenario could be on set of Mortons Neuroma (which I've had & ended up having cryo surgery in both feet) but even then it's possible to adjust the footbed in that area to take the pressure off which is what CEM did for me and worked great for a couple of seasons before it got so bad that I needed surgery.
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@Bobab, tightness in the calf/ ankle joint is very common AND for the most part doesn't affect every day life, ski boots on the other hand hold you in a fixed position of forward flex which if you have a limitation they may then cause loading in the area that you get the pain... of course it could be a number of other things but from what you describe it would be the first thing i would check
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@CEM, I would have to disagree with you (but only very slightly) I see a lot of people with limited ankle flex, which does affect every day life.

I'm a physiotherapist with a special interest in lower limb biomechanics, which probably explains why i see a disproportionate number of people with these issues compared to my colleagues. Often they have other problems such as forefoot equinas, flexible mid foot and tight gastrocs which as you know will compound the problem. Surprisingly quite a few of them have no issue with lack of flexibility in other areas.

Good boot fitters such as yourself are definitely worth consulting, it must be a very interesting process.
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@spyderjon, @CEM, the Pro Stretch is this https://www.solutions4feet.com/catalogue/accessories/foot-care---exercise/prostretch ?

I have crappy ankle flex (I blame my Mum) which I've been trying to improve through stretching. Pretty interested in this if it works - can you explain what it is/does please?

Thanks
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@clarky999,


http://youtube.com/v/5TTbUHsnYLg
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@clarky999, there's a load of Prostretch stuff on YouTube as well including exercises with it for increased lateral stability.
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@clarky999, combination of prostretch and foam rolling is best, stretching the muscles is one thing but you need to work the fascia and break down any adhesion as well
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I use a Prostretch+, a foam nano roller and a big foam roller. It has provided noticeable change in a relatively short time. In terms of body flexibility, when @CEM introduced me to the rollers I could barely touch the floor with my fingertips and after 3 months I could put my fingers flat on the floor.

Also worth noting that these things are worth owning because after my injury, they were a big help in my recovery physiotherapy.

Out of interest @Bobab, - can you describe the pain and where it is at all? Just 'pain' is no great help
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I'll take a shot.

I would describe the pain as an ache. Starts off as a dull ache, but then rapidly gets worst. To get a sense of what it feels like, make a fist with your right hand, then press the 2nd join knuckle of the index and middle finger of your right hand into the palm of your left hand, and slowly increase the pressure until the pain becomes unbearable.

In terms of location, it is a bit harder to say, because I have had a number of adjustments made to the sole now, and it has shifted the problem around a bit. But I would say there is probably two broad areas. Since I don't know the names of different areas of the foot, I'll use the names in this picture to refer to them (http://patriciahealing.weebly.com/uploads/3/0/4/2/30428326/9030328.jpg?405):

- First one: Pain starts in the spleen and then the stomach, and then spreads through out the foot, with the spleen area being sort of a sort of the most pain.
- Second one: Starts in the spine, small intestines, liver and the hear. Mostly on the inside of the foot, i.e. towards the left of my right feet. Again spreads through the foot, but would say the most intense pain is in the spine and liver.

I was originally get more of the first type of pain, so James removed the right front side of the heel lift. That reduced the pain quite a bit - i.e. could ski longer before I had to stop, but it introduced a bit of instability in the right foot ... some more adjustments and started getting more of the second type of pain, while still getting the first.
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