Vapor boots -removing inner stiff piece

I just replaced my 4 year old Vapor boots with the green ones (front one first). The rear one went on last week and has been a bugger to break in. Matt Rini mentioned removing the stiff inner piece and others here mentioned doing that in the new Carbitex boots too.

Problem is the inner piece is stitched in at the bottom. For those who have removed it -did you cut it out? If so did you remove just the ankle portion or the foot sidewall part too? Method?

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  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 352 Baller
    My wife's orange vapor and my carbitex boots had the stiff piece.
    They both come out easily from the top. Part of the plastic sticks up and you can pull it out.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,365 Crazy Baller
    @cragginshred I have the green vapor boots. They don't have the extra support piece. Check back with Matt Rini maybe he thought you got the 2015 boots. If you search for pictures you will see what they look like.
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,365 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2016

    If your boot doesn't have the big orange shim you are good to go. Did you heat mold them? If they have tight spots heat molding will help.
  • @Bill22 Thanks for the pic of the liners! Mine do not have the shim there. I have a pic at home. The boots I have may be 2014 (green ones). There is no pocket in the liners as in your pic. The boot has an extra piece on the side that is sewn in.
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  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    @cragginshred cut it open and pull it out.
  • cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 685
    edited September 2016
    @wtrskior I thought of that,'s literally a flap at the ankle sewn in at the bottom and separated from the front foot flap by a little margin. So although its thick, I could likely cut it with sheet metal shears or something.

    I mentioned cutting it to Matt Rini and he said 'give it time'.
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  • JordanJordan Posts: 980 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    no need to butcher the 2014 boots...They will feel like butter once you heat mold the liners.
  • @Jordan you are right and so was Matt Rini. Last night I skied great and they are better than ever. They are now broken in but one huge factor was Matt's suggestion to position the back boot toed OUT -which externally rotates the hip and allowed for a much better 1/3/5
    When I began this thread I did not know the newer liners had the extra piece on the side. I was referring to the flap in the shell.
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  • igkyaigkya Posts: 440 Baller
    @cragginshred which foot forward do you ski? Sorry for the high jack.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,702 Mega Baller
    @cragginshred - leave those shell flaps in tact. Key to the binding functionality.

    Also, be careful to never let them get curled under by the liner. Always make sure they are flat and up. Once they get curled and stored or skied on like that, they tend to never stay perfectly flat again.
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  • @ToddL your exactly right!
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