Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:55 pm Posts: 28 Location: Maine
I didn't find the boots to be particularly comfortable though. Even with my custom liners my feet hurt for most of the day. The problem is where the buckles are on these boots. They don't go over the ankle and they don't go over the toesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they're in the middle. This killed my arch. They also didn't seem very comfortable for regular walking. Again, I'm sure a different model or custom boot work would help. Ski boots don't seem like they have as much out of the box success as softboots.
I've been back and forth from hard to soft, looking for comfort and control. Rode a pair of Garmont AT's for a week years ago that had me crying and left my feet numb for months. I've now got Dynafit TLT 700's (ladies 11 for my narrow heel) with Deeluxe liners and microwave footbeds that are so sweet, they're more comfortable than any soft boot I've used. I used them for a week, averaging 5000'/day with none of the pain, blisters, or cold feet that every other boot I'd used gave me.
Once I got the right fit, there was no need to crank buckles. Snugged them for downhill - no heel lift, great control (left them in "walk"). Backed the middle buckle off a notch and let the cuff go for uphill - total comfort.
Not to say that plastic is the way to go for everyone (I think we've figured that out, at least), but I've got no reason to go back.
Joined: Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:43 pm Posts: 439 Location: Western Washington
[quote="Zach"]Pretty much reinforces what I've learned... if you want to do hard boots, you need to go "whole-hog"... high angles, new technique, etc...
I've got to 3rd or 4th that. Proper liners, footbeds, and the right shells go a long ways towards that goal. I've tried on A.T. boots that made me hurt in the shop w/o moving, much less riding, but Ive got the same story for almost every soft boot made. I am very certain if you were to modify your stance and angles it would only get better. Go get 'em!
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