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Ski boots - stick or twist?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
So many knowlegeable skiers here that I scarce dare add my bit. I have only my narrow knowlege of the stuff I have skied on. I ski mainly off piste and was told by Guide Roland in Cham to throw my old boots away and come back with some softer ones, about 90. Good advice. I can bend the ankle so my knee goes over the front binding and , as per last post, that means I can steer the ski 'cos its the front bit that steers and needs weight on it.
I tried Hawx for half a day but found them too upright and couldn't get the weight forward....I seemed to be sitting on my heels and the ski fronts were up in the air so no steering.
Comfort is , I think, separate from flex and relates to the shape of your foot. I have wide toe box but narrowish heels...good fitter knows which make does what but needs a good stock to be able to do this. I have Morton's neuroma and needed shaped insole to try to minimise "cramp" effect...still hits me on long hardpack runs and even off-piste sometimes.. I have had injections and these have been invaluable.
Some of you will laugh at this but it was only last year that I learned that my poor grip on icy snow was due to not tightening up the Power Strap....as a result the boots were not holding the edge.I used to have them looser to, hopefully, keep a good blood flow and minimise the cramp possibilities but my thinking was misguided.
Current thinking (mine) is to wear thicker socks to keep that bloodflow, whereas I used to wear thinner ones but that meant tightening clips so arteries were perhaps getting squashed.
What a lot of drivel you may say. But it symptomises the difficulty of knowing what is a good boot FOR YOU or, indeed , how to use your boots when you have got 'em and what causes your particular pain.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Mostly... thick socks means more compression on blood vessels as you need to tighten the boots to compress the socks and even then your feet can still move. I wear very thin socks, the ski boot liner is the part that keeps you warm and if correctly fitted you will not need to crank up the buckles.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Or try looser/non compressing socks. Maybe snowboard socks?
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