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Old July 21st, 2017, 09:36 PM   #19
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all of these boot makers are missing critical steps in one respect or another.

weighted or unweighted dilemma: 60-70% weighted is optimal. unweighted molding results in overly tight fitting boots. fully weighted molding results in loose fitting boots, and possibly dropped arches if molding flat-footed.

flesh when displaced needs some where to go. hard shell, unforgiving toe boxes will not accommodate this displacement. your feet swell while more blood is circulating thru when pressuring. while it's fine for a 500 meter skater, anyone going longer distances will feel the pain.

no arch support leaves a skater predispositioned to collapsing the foot in the boots. taking time to assess arches and remedy the molds for appropriate arch support is a key step missed by most all boot makers.

no heel lift in some cases. boots generally have 10mm pitch, though others will offer 5-7mm pitch, or something in between. tilting a flat mold to derive at the pitch is an ergonomic no, no.

no toe lift (which helps with balance). noted above, tilting a mold results in angling the toes/forefoot downward even more so. this is a very unnatural position. *even basic running shoes and ski boots have heel lift and toe lift. heel lift places you in a forward lean position, the toe lift counterbalances you.

3D molding is still only as good as the amount of prep work going into the molding process. if you miss key steps your result is a fancy impression of ones feet, but not necessarily one you'd want a boot built from. algenite process offers the next best form of molding to deliver detail and snug molds. vacuuming molding a sock or pieced plaster strips is next down on that list.
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