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Old 02-19-2014, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Last December I ordered a pair of Salomon Synapse boots in 10 from Evo. I normally wear 10.5 shoes, but figured at least a half size down. They arrived, and felt very right, but not too small, I figured they would pack down and I forgot about it. Fast forward, it's been a few months and horrible SoCal conditions kept me off the slopes. Finally last weekend I went riding for two days and wore the boots.

Day one: rode 5ish hours, by the walk back to the car I had an absolutely miserable sharp pain on the pinky toe area of my right foot. (I'm goofy). I don't know how much was relate to the board I was riding. It had a cheap pair of burton binding that can be used toe cap style or over the top, they were setup up toe cap style, though the buckle was right in the painful area.

Day two- rode 5 hours, pain still there but not quite as bad.

Did I choose wrong? I'm thinking now since I have wide feet I should have at least gotten the wide version. However since I've worn them there's not way I'm getting a refund or exchange. Should I just hope they'll widen a bit as I ride them more? And would heating the liners help? I didn't bother hair drying them before.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did something similar two weekends ago trying to get new bindings dialed in. I was cranking them down way too hard and didn't have them lined up correctly so the buckle pressed right into the toe. At the end of the day I would've sworn I was going to have bruising but luckily I didn't. Sounds like a strap issue rather than boot issue, or I should say it sounds like my strap problem. I have the synapse in wide and there's no difference between the 10 & 10.5, the 10 has a thicker footbed is all.
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Readjust that buckle position a bit more to the side. If that doesnt work then head to a shop that heat molds liners and can blow it out a bit. Had a similar issue and it helped.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Stick with it, Salomon liners will pack out a lot..

You can try some super feet soles thta are thinner (red or gray) to see if it helps for now.

Also get heat molded.
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My old salomons never packed out, lost both big toe nails. Size 10.5 wearing size 10's. I gave up after 10 days of riding them and not being able to wear shoes for hours afterwards each time. The liner was not removable, should of been my first clue. Hope yours do.
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It takes at least 5 solid days of riding to get a boot to pack out. New boots, improper strap placement, feet being pussies, etc. etc.
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My old salomons never packed out, lost both big toe nails. Size 10.5 wearing size 10's. I gave up after 10 days of riding them and not being able to wear shoes for hours afterwards each time. The liner was not removable, should of been my first clue. Hope yours do.
These one are definitely removable. Luckily my toes barely graze the end, so the length isn't so much an issue.
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Readjust that buckle position a bit more to the side. If that doesnt work then head to a shop that heat molds liners and can blow it out a bit. Had a similar issue and it helped.
This sounds about right. I'm already done with the trip and returned the board. It seems like it definitely contributed. The strap system wasn't very well designed, hence why they were used as cheap demo bindings.
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Get it heat molded with toe caps if you want them to pack out quicker. I had similar issues. It solved it. You can even do it at home with some old socks and rice if you want to go cheap. I recommend going to a shop if you can afford it tough.
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I have wide feet with big arches and I would say salomon is true to its sizing. I go with my shoe size. Pull the liner out, unset rap the boot and just open up the boot a bit. It'll be fine, the boot liners need to mold to your feet. Or better yet go get them heat molded and speed up the process.
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