New boots. Should I try heat molding or just return them?
Ok so I went to a local store a couple weeks ago to try on boots. The boot that I liked best were some 2010 Burton Hail 11.5, but they were charging full retail and I didn't really want to drop $275 on boots as a beginner. Anyways last week I noticed sierra was selling the 08 Hails cheap so I picked up a pair of 11.5s from them. So I get them yesterday, lace them up and.......WTF they don't fit the same! I was told they were the same as the 2010 except for a change in liner material, but the fit really wierd. It's like they are so padded around my achilles tendon they push my whole foot forward and jam my toes in to the front of the boot. When I bent my knees a bit it does back my toes off the front, but then the top of the boot presses so hard in to the the top of my foot that I'm sure my foot would be numb with in a half hour of riding. I'm mean just walking around in them in pretty painful on my toes.
So does it sound like heat molding would help. I feel like if I could stretch the boot another half size or so and the damn achilles padding wasn't so think they would actually be ok. Can molding take care of these issues?
Worst part is my plane leaves on Friday morning for a weeklong trip to Winter Park and I REALLY don't want to wear rentals. But now I don't know what my options are.
Last edited by 181; 02-22-2010 at 01:01 AM.