View Full Version : Putting Vibram soles on ski boots
10-09-2003, 07:26 PM
I am in the process of building my self the "ultimate ski boot" And am going to put vibram soles on the bottom of my new Plug boots. I am also puttting a boot lift on these bad boys, and then grinding the toe and heil peice back down to DIN that way I can replace the soles every year when I wear them out insted of having to buy new boots. But I want to put vibram soles on one set of the boot lifts, so on days that I need it ill actually have traction on the bottom of the boots. The question is, where the hell can I get Vibram soles at????? and yes I know that they will cause the bindings not to release as easily, but since i am using looks with a din of 18 I am not to concered about my skis realeasing.
Also part to is, when heating hte boots to blow out the shells with a boot expander, what temp on the heat gun do i use? I have been ussing high, but it doesnt seem to heat the area evenly all the way threw, any suggestions?
10-09-2003, 08:11 PM
10-09-2003, 08:15 PM
U-W orthopods send me a postcard every year. I'm going to start forwarding it to you. You need it more than I do.
10-09-2003, 08:16 PM
So you'll be gellin' like a powder felon!
10-09-2003, 08:17 PM
Gunder, you better start taking pictures and documentiing the creation of the robo boot.
And yeah, techy talky
10-09-2003, 08:20 PM
Hypothetically, if I were a boot fitter, I would say it doesn't matter what heat setting you use. The only thing to be aware of is that you need to keep the gun moving so it doesn't melt or bubble the plastic. Just give it good even heat around the area you want to punch/press/pull etc. When the plastic starts getting a different sheen to it then you know it's warm enough. Also, since they are your boots, you can press your nail into the warm plastic, if it leaves a mark it is warm enough. Again, this is all hypothetical.
10-09-2003, 08:38 PM
One of the very first posts ever on powmag was on this exact topic, and somebody bumped it not long before the debacle.
So go to techtalk and search, jong!
(felt good to say that)
10-09-2003, 08:39 PM
I'd try talking to a boot resoler, like Dave Page(www.davepagecobbler.com - he's down the road in Seattle), and ask them if they'd buy you a Vibram boot sole. They could order the proper size sole before you cut to fit. If you've got the DIN way up I'd think you might have some problems with the rear of the binding compressing the rubber sole.
10-09-2003, 09:41 PM
thanks, I didnt evan realise there was a tech talk on tgr
Humm, studed ski booots ...........
Would have to keep the studs away from the toe and heel contacts, but hummm i might have to look into this too.
Anyone got any more ideass for building hte ultimate ski boot?
10-09-2003, 09:43 PM
I can't believe mbs actually thinks he'll be able to walk around in a race plug boot, much less stand around and shoot photos. It hurts to think about it... Heh
10-09-2003, 09:46 PM
Anyone got any more ideass for fixing my signature?
Check yo HTML foo :D
10-09-2003, 10:08 PM
Ok the other question is, I have access to a full plastics lab so I can make the boot lifts my self, but does anyone know where you could order a boot lift kit for ski racing online at? It would be nice to have a idea of the normal amounts of lift, etc before I start cutting / molding plastic.
And remeber BB you can always make a shell softer, but it is harder to make one stiffer, and not have problems arise.
I want something stiffer than the stock course boot, and I can easily modify the flex on the plug boot to get it exactly where i want it.
Originally posted by mtbakerskier
I am in the process of building my self the "ultimate ski boot" I am also puttting a boot lift on these bad boys, ...
It seems to me that you're looking for something like this:
10-10-2003, 09:21 AM
Talk to those guys, they are prety dialed in and will do it for you if you know your degrees.
PS If you are able to make some cheaply that fit X2's I would consider buying a pair. Plastic not Vibram.
10-10-2003, 10:13 AM
Originally posted by mtbakerskier
It would be nice to have a idea of the normal amounts of lift, etc before I start cutting / molding plastic.
Typical lift kits come in 5mm and 8mm.
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