So, Im blaming my boots..
in a few other treads ive discussed my injury.. to sum it up here: After being mis-diagnosed as a sprained ankle an MRI showed I bruised my talus. Doc said a little more force and i would have totally shattered it, I got lucky.
This is my third season on these Ride Anthems. I really loved them, but love is a battlefied. Over time they packed out more and more and I was constantly struggling with heal lift after the first season on them (around 15 days). J bars, custom footbeds, making them tighter and tighter. Almost gave up on them but then i got a new set of K2 Formulas (LOVE MY BINDINGS!) and they were so comfortable and so responsive. i could make them alot tighter than my previous bindings (ride EX)and the bidnings were actually compensating for my heel lift issues. feeling a bit more secure with the help of the bindings decided to suck it up and wait till the end of the season to shop for new boots.
Well it looks like this is the end of my season
I cant help but think if my boots were stiffer and fit properly I wouldnt have gotten this injury.
I went to my local REI. Im a member of the co-op and trust the staff there so i started there with my search. I learned that I have a very narrow feel. A Salomon fit was suggested and this echos what ive read here and elsewhere. Its the end of the season and they didnt have any in my size.
The tech suggested that i try a Van Aura Womens BOA. I tried a pair on (all black dont care if its a womens) and i was kinda shocked. i THINK the fit was great! my only problem with them was that if felt like there was some very minor pinching around my achiles tendon. like there were j-bars in them but a little too high, but my heel didnt move an millimeter and my toes had a little bit of room.
so my questions:
1: If dealing with a womens boot should I go as stiff as possile? Since designed for a women am i too heavy? Will my wieght and a stiff womens boot make it more of a hybrid? Are there other considerations in womens design that im not thinking about that will bite me in the ass later?
2: I feel like i want a boot thats super stiff this time, but i dont know if i feel that way because im a little gunshy because of the recent injury. I mostly charge on the east coast but play in the park occasionally. Will a stiff boot make that much of a difference for casual park riding?
3: If i feel like its a near perfect fit in the shop and in an athletic stance BEFORE heatmolding, should i heat mold? if i do heatmold and they pack out over time will custom insoles make them TOO tight?
4: I cant find the 2010 Anthems in a brick and mortar. Do fits change drastically through different generations of the same style of boot? I really did like my anthems and my theory is if i could get my hands on the same exact boot 1/2 size smaller i would be satisfied. Plus the new Anthems are BOA .. that might help?
When i finally do get back on my board Im gonna have enough of a mind fuck thinking about my injury and overcoming the caution with it, i dont want to have to worry about my equipment on top of that.
This was long, but thanks for reading..