Boot Tightening Sequence

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  1. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki Dedicated Member
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    Do you follow this sequence or do you do something else?

    Discuss.
     
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    Interesting, I am in my early 50's and only took up skiing 5 years ago, many times i used hire boots until I finally bought my own, and no one ever mentioned how to do up the boots, i worked out that you don't do the bottom ones up too tight as your toe nails go black, on my last trip to Niseko I went to Boot Solutions, and they showed me how to do my boots up and also how the boots tongue and collars/cuffs are supposed to align.
    Skiing was so much nicer after that session. :):)
     
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    Start as loose as possible and progressively tighten. Takes about 20-30 minutes between tightenings.

    Have never had painful boots.
     
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    [​IMG] Simples!
     
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    I normally don't fully clip up until I'm up the top. Rationale is to let body temp warm things.
    I only lightly clip down front and second buckle as shown. I'll give this process a go though.
     
  7. Born2ski

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    That video is pretty much how I do it. Always slam the heel into the back and do the top buckles first, with the bottom buckles last. Often don't even do the bottom buckles until I'm at the top of the first lift.
     
  8. DidSurfNowSki

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    Apparently I'm doing it the classic British way. Will give this a go next trip. Mind you, I've noticed that on occasion with bottom buckle sometimes comes loose, so I might have the correct tensions by a different sequence.
     
  9. Born2ski

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    They were my first ski boots I owned back in the 1980s. Such a sloppy fitting boot. I use to get so much shin bang from them that I added a power strap to the top to improve the fit.
     
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    Yep as per vid
     
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    5 minutes? Tell me the ending. My toes are on the loosest. Top 2 get done up loosely, pull strap, tighten top 2.
     
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    Ummm

    Put foot in boot
    Knock heel to get ankle into place
    Loosely do up top velcro strap

    X <-- tighten 2nd
    |
    X <-- tighten 1st
    |
    | ____X____X

    Repeat until buckles 'snap' into position

    Tighten top velcro strap

    X
    |
    X
    |
    |____X____X

    . ^ tighten/loosen bottom 2 buckles so that little pinkie can move the buckle into position

    I think that's it.
     
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    Meh. Mine works ok. Never retighten, always same buckles.
     
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    Shin, ankle, strap, toe, arch, ski a bit, shin, ankle, strap, arch, ski a lot.
     
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    Thanks DSNS. I was never told from the get go, so defaulted to the traditional way - bottom to top.
    After skiing another 20+ days this season, my left foot seemed loose in the boot causing havoc with the confidence. I always do up the leg buckles as tight as I can, so tried tightening the foot buckles and it made a world of difference. I will try this sequence to see if I can go back to the looser foot buckles again. Cheers, Jak
     
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    Feedback: went up to Guthega for a quick run and could not get the bottom leg buckle started (despite tightening strap) and needed to start with the foot buckles to bring the boot together enough. Still could not get bottom leg buckle started until I did top leg buckle, so arse about. Fail. My boots are comfy but perhaps its time to see a specialist boot fitter? Prolly 5 yrs old now, 100+ ski days.
     
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    Yep as per the video for me.

    I've been missing one of the foot clips for about 5 years (apr├Ęs ski accident). I've never missed it.
     
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    wrong sequence

     
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    Steppin' out

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    I'll have to ask my butler what he does.
     
  21. DidSurfNowSki

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    You need to find a better one, yours keeps forgetting to click in the heels. ;)
     
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  22. Arne

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    I took note when I was putting my boots on this morning. Went like this..

    Lower ankle, upper anke, shin all to first buckle. Tap heel, adjust tongue.
    Then toe to second buckle, lower ankle, upper ankle, shin all to second buckle, power strap. Walk to lifts. At top of lift..
    Lower ankle, upper ankle, shin, toe, power strap to third buckle. Ski...

    Yesterday for Top to Bottom race everything done same way to fourth buckle.

    Generally never touch my boots all day.
    Always have an orthodic and have sixth toe punched a couple times when buying new boots. I like a 120 flex boot with ultra low volume liner.
     
  23. DPS Driver

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    I was taught to buckle my boots this way over twenty years ago and have done so ever since.
     
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    i dont remember being taught, but i pretty much do the same also.
    cool to know there is a recommended way, ill have to pay attention next time.

    my feet shrink after putting boots on, blood pushed out i guess. so i have multiple stages in the morning. end up tightening them 2-3 times over about 30mins.
    i also ski with the two front buckles undone quite a bit for comfort/blood flow, unless im trying to impress some lady skiier of course.

    usually my boots have broken buckles and plastic is falling apart at 400+ days/4-5 years before i replace them. perhaps its simply the age of the plastic that is the trigger? they dont get much love in the offseason.
     
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    I had some kids boots stashed in the ceiling for a number of years
    When the time came to pass them on to another kiddly, I located them and dropped them to the floor, about 2400mm
    They exploded in a shower of brightly coloured beads!
    :(
     
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    Im Just glad I can still reach the buckles to do them up.just.
     
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    Welcome to my world!
     
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    left boot or right boot first?
     
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    Heels my good sir, is that important?
     
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    Left. And click in left first if I'm on the flat. Also cleat in left first.
     
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    downhill boot
     
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    Car park is pretty flat.
     
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    Yep. Worked out years ago, after many black toes and pain, that the lowest two buckles (toe, instep) are to be loose as... until a punter in the lift line whacks their skis and/or poles into your boots and flicks up one of those. The progressive tightening of the upper two was pointed out to me about 25 years ago, or so.
     
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    Yep exactly as per the vid. I have ridiculously narrow feet and have always found it hard to get good fitting boots. So a few years back went to that genius boot fitter in Jindy and they set me up with some Langes. During the process he went through that exact tightening scenario and yep my front two buckles pop up two or three times throughout the day just from snow hitting them or whatever because they are so loose. The only addition he advised was, once I had warmed up and skied a few runs, retighten the top two buckles and the power strap a bit. Particularly in the Langes or any stiff boots because the plastic is so hard and can take a bit to warm up.