Forums Boots Women's Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CL modification
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  • #800031
    neni
    43 Posts

    I thought I create a new thread to make it easier for other girls to find potential solutions. I had been very reluctant to make the step and get an AT set-up cos I was insecure if I could do the mods… spoiler: that reluctance was unnecessary 🙂

    Got my first pair of AT boots (combined with Phantom/Dynafit bindings), and the first unmodified tour was pretty awful. Mod really is a necessary part.

    Problem no 1: tremendous calve bite. The boot is designed for skiers which rarely lean backwards. The upper hind rim is very high positioned and pinched directly into my calve muscle making backside edge traverses very painful – this may not be such a prominent issue for guys cos their calve muscle attachment is located higher up than with girls. For me, the calve bite was a serious issue.

    Problem no 2 was the well known lack of range of flex/lean well described in the MOD thread http://splitboard.com/talk/topic/dynafit-tlt6-mod-thread/. In short: Out of the box the boot has 18° fixed fwd lean in riding mode. No give n take. 18°, full stop. That motion range can be increased by filing the lean plate and tongue to have a bigger hole, i.e. the stopper won’t be fixated at a certain degree but can shift. I got abt 3° of decreased lean and 5° of increased lean from the standard, i.e. in the fixed riding mode the boot now has a 15-23° flex.

    To solve problem 1, I cut off 4cm of the upper hind rim holding the power strap so it’s even with the lean tongue in ride mode (then sanding to smooth the cut):

    Before: hard shell hind rim pinching calve muscle
    After: now the muscle insertion (indicated by fingers) is free

    For problem 2: I filed the lean plate to get more ° of motion (upward for increased lean; downward for decreased lean):

    Above the original, below after filing:

    The lean tongue hole needs to be adjusted as well; file will do the job; not nice looking but it works:

    Ready to go:


    The different is night and day! Did several tours since, in deep pow as well as in challenging steep hardpack and bumpy terrain. No calve pinch anymore, nice flex downhill. Recognized after a first tour that I need even more fwd lean on the hind leg and thus filed some mm more on that lean plate.

    Absolutely love the AT set-up now! (Riding my former Deeluxe XV boot on the solid feels awkwardly soft n imprecise already, lol).

    To all girls which are reluctant to try an AT set-up who may be shied away cos one has to modify the boots? Don’t worry. It’s easy to be done. Only tools I used were a little saw, a file and sandpaper. (And tweezers to get all the aluminium splinters out of ones fingers if you’re equally clumsy as I, lol).

    The ascend is soooo superior with this system. Breaking track in steep hardpack is an easy task now, I haven’t had to use crampons with this set-up yet – while other splitboarders in the group with soft boots were struggling a lot on the same slope, even with crampons. You safe a lot of energy on the way up and feel way more confident.

    Jones Solution 152 / Phantom Alpha / Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CL
    (Spark Afterburner / Deeluxe XV)

    #800073
    mgco3
    49 Posts

    great post! AT-boots are the way to go 🙂

    Amplid Milligram 163 and LabCarbon 162, Phantom Alpha 14/15, Atomic Backland, Scott Orbit II
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    #800090
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    Lookin’ good @neni.
    A truly enviable setup you got there; pretty much the setup as John Krakauer.
    Allz we need is a sweet pic of a tweeked out method with your blue boots to seal the deal.

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    #800102
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    Id also like to suggest the boot mod kit from Phantom. It moves the toe (lower buckle) to the pivot point of the boot and really helps to pull your heel into the boot. Reducing pressure on the top of the foot and helping to hold your heel (reduce heel lift) in place when your putting pressure into a toeside turn.

    The other thing that this does is give you access to the inner (lower) cuff of the boot. This allows you to cut slots on the interior and exterior of this cuff giving you a really nice amount of lateral flex to the boot. This makes a HUGE difference in the way the boot rides as we recently saw on our trip to Japan. One of the crew was making mods to his boot slowly each day adding a little bit and when he made this one he reported a world of difference in comfort and feel.

    Heres a link

    http://www.phantomsnow.com/shop/parts-accessories/boot-mod-kit

    Comes with a great PDF with instructions that are easy to follow, great pics and give you some ideas of just how far you can go with the mods.

    #800144
    neni
    43 Posts

    Id also like to suggest the boot mod kit from Phantom.

    Thanks for the hint! Looks like a good kit. Gonna keep it in mind.
    I’m lucky that the boot fits like a firm glove: I don’t have any heel lift. I’ve rather high arches anyway, and use two pairs of insoles (a carbon one to get a firm bottom+ a custom orthopedic one; old history of splay feet n nerve pain n numb feet; those insoles alow me to hike forever w/o any pain), making for little space to slip or lift.

    The lateral flex, however, could be worth to consider for the hind boot. I’ve recognized a hematoma on the inner-front shin of the hind leg after each tour, so there obviously seems to be a pressure spot; I’ve just haven’t actually perceived it as annoying yet; surely not hurting while riding. Gonna need to monitor when this happens and gauge if holes in the cuff could be of help.

    Jones Solution 152 / Phantom Alpha / Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CL
    (Spark Afterburner / Deeluxe XV)

    #800145
    neni
    43 Posts

    A truly enviable setup you got there; pretty much the setup as John Krakauer.
    Allz we need is a sweet pic of a tweeked out method with your blue boots to seal the deal.

    Hahaha, guilty as charged, I like nice gear.
    Can’t serve with fancy tricks though, I’m only proficient with the flying squirrel ;).

    Jones Solution 152 / Phantom Alpha / Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CL
    (Spark Afterburner / Deeluxe XV)

    #812106
    BCgirl
    11 Posts

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been hesitant to switch over mainly because of the boot mods. Any women rocking boots other than Dynafits? Like La Sportiva/Scarpa?

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