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DIY heat moulding ski boot liners

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by susie2609, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. susie2609

    susie2609 Hard Yards

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    Anyone have any advice about successfully moulding ski boot liners at home? I bought a second hand pair of Salomon boots that were only worn a handful of times and the liners look pretty much brand new. They are very snug. I've tried the rice-bag-in-microwave and two pairs of socks approach and it made a slight difference, but not enough to make me think I'll be comfortable in them for a day of skiing.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm seeing lots of snow on social media and want to be prepped for the January Japan trip ;)

    Thanks,
    Susie
     
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    robbo mcs One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have done intuition liners at home. I followed their online instructions, rice in a sock in the microwave, toe caps etc. It was fiddly, but worked. The hardest bit was getting the rice filled sock to go right down to the bottom on the boot.

    They were still a little snug, but I was able to ski and they were much better after 2 days. That was in a shell that I had a lot of work done on, and I knew the shell was an excellent fit. I wouldn’t have the same confidence with a new pair of boots
     
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    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Works well with intuition liners. The rice method is rubbish, it doesn't move the liner enough. I've never tried throwing a regular Alpine liner into the oven.
     
  5. susie2609

    susie2609 Hard Yards

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    Thanks for the input and youtube clips - I ended up finding this guy on youtube

    and spent this morning watching a bunch a really good short clips (Bootorials as he calls them ;) ). I heated the liners in the oven and it seemed to work more effectively (even though the rubber bottoms started to come away from the liners around the edges).
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know that face. First Tracks Jindy?
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hairdryer and 50mm PVC pipe with a right angle and holes drilled in it.
    Thin sox and fat toe caps.
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    I haven't watched the video, but I've seen reports of people wrapping their liners in aluminium foil and leaving them for 20 minutes or so in the oven. It's really just the application of a correct amount of indirect heat, so nothing melts on the liner.

    Last year I had a stab at heating my boot shells by steaming them over boiling water. That seems to work briefly, but the shell reverts back to the original shape as it cools.
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    If the shells not right for you, no amount of heating the liner will work.

    You need to find out if the shell is sized correctly.
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Yeah, well, there is that.