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How do you like your boots buckled?

JChockey22

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buckles are for noobs first thing I do when I get boots is take them off .... I use ski straps ... seriously though I go instep buckle then top until I get proper tightness then strap then the bottom 2 with only enough tension that I can close them with my pinky
 

Dos-Equis

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I’m a little shocked at all of the people saying they don’t tighten their top buckle much (moderate snug at most).

I need to crank that sucker as much as I can tolerate- were any tighter and I’d start getting numbness/soreness in my foot. Anything less and I feel like I’m losing performance. Maybe it’s a poor boot fit?

Bottom two buckles are very loose, lower ankle cuff buckle is lightly snug. I find overtightening that inhibits my dorsiflexion.
 

onenerdykid

Product Manager, Atomic Ski Boots
Masterfit Bootfitter
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Feb 18, 2020
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1,236
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Altenmarkt, Austria
I’m a little shocked at all of the people saying they don’t tighten their top buckle much (moderate snug at most).

I need to crank that sucker as much as I can tolerate- were any tighter and I’d start getting numbness/soreness in my foot. Anything less and I feel like I’m losing performance. Maybe it’s a poor boot fit?

Bottom two buckles are very loose, lower ankle cuff buckle is lightly snug. I find overtightening that inhibits my dorsiflexion.
I'm similar. I run position 4 (top cuff buckle) quite tight for my chicken legs, position 3 moderately snug (but noticeably less tight than 4), and when my boot has shell buckles, position 2 is loose, position 1 loose.
 

SpeedyKevin

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Apr 14, 2022
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Truckee
I’m a little shocked at all of the people saying they don’t tighten their top buckle much (moderate snug at most).

I need to crank that sucker as much as I can tolerate- were any tighter and I’d start getting numbness/soreness in my foot. Anything less and I feel like I’m losing performance. Maybe it’s a poor boot fit?

Bottom two buckles are very loose, lower ankle cuff buckle is lightly snug. I find overtightening that inhibits my dorsiflexion.
For me, my top buckle is definitely one of the tightest (palm pressure?). I hate it when I feel a "gap" in the area around the top buckle. Had to shove a bunch of the cork in my zipfits to that area. My 3rd buckle (second down from the top) is snug. I do have my booster strap snug too.
 

Bad Bob

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Lower are moderately tight. Upper 2 tight as comfort allows.
Booster strap get an extra pull when things are on.
 

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