Category Archive: Boot Fitting

Aug 23 2014

Some boots incompatible with Dynafit Beast

Notice the difference in location of the alignment pins relative to notches in the side.

  Dynafit sent out a notice recently announcing a few models of boots that are known to be incompatible with their Beast binding, both the 16 and 14 DIN models. The Beast features a rotating toe unit and the heel unit requires a special after market Power Insert that covers the top of the boot …

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Jul 07 2014

Technique: Getting the right volume boot

The Eliminator fills excess space above your instep and can reduce shin bang.

  One of the issues with getting the right size boot for skiing is knowing what a good fitting boot is supposed to feel like. It should be obvious, ideally it will feel snug like a tall, worn, leather hiking boot, only stiffer. Except ski boots never feel like that. Ever. Because of the inherent …

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Nov 05 2013

Tech Tip: Making a Buckled Power Strap

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Bravo Tecnica - this post will serve to flame your fans.

  One of the best developments to come out of the latest round of AT boots is a buckled power strap. From a strictly mechanical point of view it does not necessarily equal a buckle, but it increases the pressure available from a velcro’d power strap. More importantly to ski mountaineers, it allows you to …

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May 23 2013

Technique: Use a boot horn for cold boots

You can make a boot horn from a simple one gallon plastic jug. For more length, get a taller jug, like a 5-gallon pail.

  One of the most common problems skiers experience is the simple act of getting in to their boots. This is especially true when the boot is cold and has an overlapping tongue design. Plastic ski boots do get stiffer as they get colder and if you left them in the car overnight you’re sure …

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May 15 2013

Technique: Prevent Blisters w/Knee Highs

Shear forces cause the epidermis to separate from the dermis - resulting in a blister.

  One of the most common foot ailments of skiers and hikers are blisters. Half the problem stems from imperfectly fitting shoes or boots. The other half from the manner in which blisters form. With a half-decent fitting pair of shoes or boots, blisters should be a rare phenomenon. However, even with good fitting boots …

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Oct 31 2012

Tech Tip: Boot Fitting 101 – Footbeds

Fitting multiply shaped feet to a particular shell usually requires even a modicum of skill and adjustment. In some cases - a lot!

Nearly everyone needs some sort of customization to get the maximum performance and comfort out of a ski boot. Some folks always need a lot of tweaking, some need very little, and the boot that we tend to buy is the one that requires the least amount of adjustments to make fit. Fit is a …

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