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Maximum times thermoplastic boots can be reheated/molded?

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A question for the resident boot fitters I guess, do the manufacturer's give a guideline as to how many times ski boots (the shells rather than the liners) can be heated and reheated or is it infinite? I ask as I have a pair of boots (Full Tilt) that I like and I've heated them a few times tweaking them here and there. I would like to know if there is a low limit to heating cycles as I wouldn't want them to self destruct on the piste! Shocked
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Spyderjon, CEM...........anyone?
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I have no knowledge of such witchcraft. Drop a PM to CEM stating which model of boot as the plastic type will probably vary across their range.
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@spyderjon, Done. Smile
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@king key, it will depend a little on the specific plastic (type, grade, hardness etc) i don't know exaclty what Full tilt are using in terms of material grade right now.... and the temperature at which you heat the plastic, some plastics love heat some are not so keen, if for example you put the old salomon race boot in the oven, within a few weeks of skiing some athletes found the boot went very soft, in contrast, Dalbello actually heat their race boots to 80 degrees C to cure the plastic if they need a pair rapidly and can't wait the 6 weeks for the plastic to cure fully.

for boot modifications after an initial heat fitting then i would normally only spot heat a shell and use tools to adjust the fit, that said, if the shell is designed to be heat fitted in an oven they will give you a temperature range either 80 degrees or 110 degrees which are the two commonly available boot fitting oven temps, most boots will take 5-7 cycles at a very minimum.

one thing worth considering, unless someone has specific bony prominence's most of the time it is not the shell which is causing the problems, consider the liner, stock liners are made to a price and often the tolerances are not quite as accurate as we would like them, different operatives will stretch material at different amounts when they stitch them which can result in differences in feeling in fit, obviously this is minimized in production. so for "tweaking here and there" i would be thinking liner not shell
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Many thanks for the reply. Very Happy
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