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Foot pain wearing K2 T1s

I have a pair of 2013 T1's that I got at the end of last season. I've had about ~35 days on them. My measured foot size is between a 10 and 10.5, the boots are size 11. They fit slightly loose in the two box but are snug in the ankle. A few weeks ago they developed a nasty pressure point on my instep from the boa conda. It seems the harness has worn down the foam in the liner and it is no longer padding the cables. I have tried adjusting the harness up and down and I can either get it to alleviate the pressure point at the cost of heel lift or vice versa.

The options I've come up with are to hold out with this boot until end of season sales and purchase a smaller boot. I've tried on the TM2 at my local shop and the 10.5 fit very snug with no pressure points. The other option is to purchase a new liner from Intuition in the same size with a higher density and stiffness. That would warrant me better heel hold without having to crank down my boa. I would ride the new liner in the old shell for the rest of this season and most of the next.

Any advice on which would be the better option? I prefer to ride stiff boots so even with a sale price I'm looking at around $250 for new boots, but a new liner will only cost about $175. Any other ideas for extending the life of my T1s? I don't feel like I've gotten my money's worth from them with only 35 days, but I don't want to risk injury from a poorly fit boot.

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Do you think you could have gone down a few sizes when you originally bought them? It sounds like you went up a size from your shoe size, which is not what we usually hear when people settle on a boot size.

A liner sounds like it might help your problem, but a new boot might be a longer more permanent solution.
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I have a pair of 2013 T1's that I got at the end of last season. I've had about ~35 days on them. My measured foot size is between a 10 and 10.5, the boots are size 11. They fit slightly loose in the two box but are snug in the ankle. A few weeks ago they developed a nasty pressure point on my instep from the boa conda. It seems the harness has worn down the foam in the liner and it is no longer padding the cables. I have tried adjusting the harness up and down and I can either get it to alleviate the pressure point at the cost of heel lift or vice versa.

The options I've come up with are to hold out with this boot until end of season sales and purchase a smaller boot. I've tried on the TM2 at my local shop and the 10.5 fit very snug with no pressure points. The other option is to purchase a new liner from Intuition in the same size with a higher density and stiffness. That would warrant me better heel hold without having to crank down my boa. I would ride the new liner in the old shell for the rest of this season and most of the next.

Any advice on which would be the better option? I prefer to ride stiff boots so even with a sale price I'm looking at around $250 for new boots, but a new liner will only cost about $175. Any other ideas for extending the life of my T1s? I don't feel like I've gotten my money's worth from them with only 35 days, but I don't want to risk injury from a poorly fit boot.
Go to a good boot fitter.
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You could talk to K2 and say the liner broke down after 35 days of riding and see what they can do for you. Also did you heat mold them once you got the boot? One of the first things I do is put my super feet insole in it as the stock as shit. I have the K2 ufo and love how the boot fits but ride boots also fits about the same for me as I have narrow feet. You might also be cranking the inside heel hold to tight and this is causing the pain but I think it is more insole problems and your arc needs support. As the post above me says you really do need a good boot fitter hard to come by in ohio but they are out there.
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Go to the local hardware store. Find some 3m foam the kind you would for say grip in the shower. Doesn't have to be thick. Pull out the liner. Look to where the wear spots are from the cable. Cut foam into little rectangles and place on the outsides of the wear marks. Put liner back in boot. Tighten boot up as normal see if that alleviates the pressure points from the cable. If it doesn't go back in and DIY fix it the same way as mentioned before. It will be trial and error but you will get a better appreciation for your boots.


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If they're less than a year old, use the warranty. I had a pair of K2 T1's that went to hell in less than one season (15-20 days). K2 replaced them free of charge with the next year's version. Of course the downside to a warranty claim is being without boots while they get shipped back, processed, and replaced.

Another option is go see a boot fitter. I had my T1's fitted, heat molding, j-bars, custom insoles, etc. A good boot fitter may be able to fix the problem.

As much as I find my T1s to be incredibly comfortable and the perfect stiffness I look for in a boot, in my experience the quality is crap. The replacements they sent me began suffering the exact same issues within one year. Keep in mind, I only get about 15-20 days riding at the most in a season. I've shoe-goo'd them together and replaced a broken boa and I will ride them out the rest of this season but after that I'll be replacing them. Shame that for a boot at this price point it seems to be so poorly built.

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So I hit up my local shop. The manager and I talked a bit about boots (he has K2 boots with a similar harness) and he took a look at mine. His verdict was that the boots were a little big on my feet but he didn't think they were so large that they were causing problems due to fit, which I disagree with. He also mentioned that the liners were in good shape for around 30 days. I picked up some custom insoles and put those in, they made my ankles a little more snug and were a lot more comfortable. However, after spending two days riding with new insoles and trying a few more positions with the boa and also trying some more shims I was still experiencing the same issue. Though one pertinent detail I noticed was that the foot pain seemed to develop on the lift but then subsided when I was able to set the board down. I think this issue gets chocked up to the fact that the boot is just too big and isn't providing enough support. With the weight of the board hanging off my foot, its all suspended on the ankle strap, with the boa harness below that. I reckon I could remedy this with a new liner, but while shopping I found a pair of TM-Twos in a size 10 for the same price as a new liner ($175). After measuring my foot I got about 10 10/16 inches, that's printed as size 10. I assume roughly a quarter size of pack out should get me a nice snug fit. Does that sound about right?

Edit: For the record, RMA is not an option, I live about 4000 miles away from the shop I bought my boots at, it's not worth my time. The boots have not suffered factory defect, and the soles haven't delaminated. I've also tried putting foam over the wear spots before I made this thread to no avail.

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