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Old 12-26-2010, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a pair of Rome Madisons online this summer for a good price, so I didn't try them with my boots. They're beautiful, high quality bindings, but there is a significant space (about one finger width if I push my boot all the way to one side) between my boot and the sides of the bindings. I know some space is fine, but how much is too much? I assume the biggest issue would be slippage inside the binding, but the straps are solid and I've had no problems with unwelcome movement so far.

The other issue: my boots are tiny (wms size 4) and the Madisons are a small/medium. Is it a problem that my boot does not reach the end of my baseplate/gas pedal?
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow your foot is tiny. You would defiantly will get snow/ice build up in the gaps between your boots and binders. As long as it doesn't move when it's strapped in i think you're fine.
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Old 12-26-2010, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree....just make sure you are strapped in nice and tight.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I bought a pair of Rome Madisons online this summer for a good price, so I didn't try them with my boots. They're beautiful, high quality bindings, but there is a significant space (about one finger width if I push my boot all the way to one side) between my boot and the sides of the bindings. I know some space is fine, but how much is too much? I assume the biggest issue would be slippage inside the binding, but the straps are solid and I've had no problems with unwelcome movement so far.
I don't think space along the side of the boot is significant; moreover, it's inevitable for many riders. On most bindings, the tray is not adjustable for width. However, the typical binding accommodates boots in a range of several sizes, and as boots get longer, they also tend to get wider. (Or, conversely, as boots get shorter, they also tend to get narrower.) This means that anyone with a boot size at the bottom end of the range for a particular binding will encounter a gap along the side of the boot. The extra space is necessary for the larger-size boots to fit. But as long as you're strapped in snugly, it shouldn't matter. I went from Ride SPi size L (boot barely fit into the tray, widthwise; very tight) to SPi size XL (significant gap along the side of the boot) and have noticed no performance problems from the extra space.
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