2009 Update: My pair of 07-08
Salomon Pro Combi ski boots came apart at the toes of the boot.
Salomon was nice enough to replace them with their 08-09 model.
With the new 08-09 boots Salomon added a semi-rigid insert in
the tongue of the boot. This makes sense, it protects foot
tendons from pressure from the the speed-lace system. BUT
- Salomon made the tough stiffener too long, and pointed at the
end. When I skated in these boots they felt great.
But then I took them on a 3 hour classic ski ... and came home
with bloody toes. Not good. When I classic skied
with these boots the pointy end of the tongue stiffener dug into
the top of my second to smallest toe, on each foot. So, I
decided to shorten the tongue stiffeners in these boots.
Now I have a pair of boots that are comfortable for all
techniques. I figured I'd take pictures and show folks how
to do this in case others have the same problems with these
boots as I did.
First, pull the
tongue of of the boot.
Then cut a small
incision about 1 inch above the end of the tongue stiffener.
Pull the fabric away
from the tongue stiffener and peel it back a little ways.
Using clippers, cut
off the end of the tongue stiffener.
Here is the pointed
end of the tongue stiffener. I'm glad it's not going to be
digging into my toe any more! You should go ski in your
boots and see if they fit okay, or if you will have to trim some
more of the stiffener off.