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Reducing Heel Lift

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What products are out there for reducing heel lift in snowboard boots? My boots are comfortable, I don't have the money to buy new ones, but I have more heel lift than I would like.
Thanks in advance snowHead
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ponder, I'm really, really sorry, I really shouldn't say this, but I can't resist.

...Learn to ski?
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ponder, just so you don't think I am a complete t*at, I would think you could use formed insoles on your boots which might help by raising your foot into the heel a bit, or find a good boot fitter who can help - shouldn't be a problem in Vancouver I wouldn't have thought.

But, it's the first time I've heard of anyone complaining about the fit of board boots. I thought one of the advantages of the whole thing was that you have relatively soft boots and a very comfy fit - as the sensitivity/fit issue is a little different from that of skiing.

Also you can buy something called a "powerstrap" for ski boots that don't have one fitted - basically a web strap with velcro ends. You could wrap that around your ankles or diagonally across your boot to hold your ankle down - it would maybe be a cheap solution?
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Heh, I can ski far better than I can board Smile
Heel lift is an extremely common problem with borders. It's not a huge deal, but when you are trying to initiate a toe edge turn it makes the whole thing much less responsive. You'd think an insole would work, but I doubt it would even properly fit inside the liner of a board boot. I was thinking that maybe there was something along the lines of a heel-shaped wedge that you could stick into the back of your boot, or some such thing.
And yes, board boots are softer and more comfy than ski boots, but this doesn't prevnt heel lift from being a probem.
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ponder, Look at Tognar's pages

I don't know whether you've experimented with lacing changes? If you can, try running the laces in a Z-pattern (sometimes called shoestore) where you need to reduce volume (I'd probably try above the instep to lower boot cuff) and X pattern where you need more room. You can put an overhand twist in between the different lacing areas to prevent them loosening up. Sometimes, if you tap your heel all the way in and point your toes as you're lacing, you can reduce heel lift that way.
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ponder, you can get heel wedges from boot fitting shops.
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ponder, dakine used to make (and may still make) a strap arrangement that went around the back of the ankle, under the foot and over the instep. The idea was that you wore this between the inner and the outer of the boot and it held the heel tighter into the boot. Not tried it myself.
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I use good quality gel running shoe insoles (Sorbathane sp?) between my boot and liner, easy to find in large 'trim to fit' sizes. closed the gap and made all-day riding a pleasure and they don't pack down.
You could also wear an Achillies brace to fill the space around your heel as well as providing support for a well used part of the body.
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Just picked up some relatively cheap insoles and they are working like a dream Smile Thanks for the replies.
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