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Ouch! my calves!

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
I'm poor & only use the hire boots when I occasionally go skiing and I'm never sure if I'm getting these marks & blisters because my ski boots are too tight or too loose around my calves. I wear ski socks that cover that area and they don't slip down. Should I make my ski boots tighter? Looser? 2 pairs of socks?
I'm not going to be buying myself any ski boots in the near future, but any other helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Its almost impossible to say without looking - but youight consider the ollowing - I'm sure some others will have better ideas!

Unless the hire boots are really old and horible (where do you ski?) then they should't cause blisters


a) make sure your socks are not too thick - they will tend to bunch and cause problems, NEVER two pairs!
b) when you do up the boots in the shop, try several in what you think is your size
c) when doing them up - don't over tighten at the start of any day, the buckles are to fix your foot in the boot rather than place them in a vice
d) under tight is probably better!
e) a too big boot ovr tightended will often hurt way more than a slightly small one, correctly tensioned

Good luck
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
gary, My first hire boots cut into my calves so badly I had blood running down into my socks. As well as boot fitting it may be that your technique is putting your weight all over the place instead of getting balanced. This may be causing the rubbing. Just a thought.
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blisters generally come from heat, moisture and friction, your body will produce heat and moisture (you can manage this with decent technical socks ) but the friction is about the fit of the boot, see if you can get the boot as snug round the foot/leg as you can without causing pain, maybe even try down a size in rental boot as they are often very high volume and have loads of space in them... if all else fails then look at epitact or ski angels shim protectors which will act as a barrier to the problem.... this is treatig the symptoms not the cause though
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