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Radar Strada boot outer shell question

dtm8119dtm8119 Posts: 169 Baller
Just wondering if anybody else has this issue with their Radar Strada boots? The front support pieces on mine have been bending over which makes it difficult to get the liner in. Also sometimes I'll get the liner installed but when I put my foot in the boot the rubber from the shell will still be bent in and rubbing against my foot.

Wanted to see if anyone has come up with a solution for something like this?


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Dan Cloutier

Comments

  • JJVDMZNJJVDMZN Posts: 128 Baller
    Heat it up with a hairdryer and push some socks in to keep it open while it cools.
    After skiing, pull the tuition liner out to dry in such a way that it keeps the bent tabs open.
    The new Blue Vapor Boots does the same
  • dtm8119dtm8119 Posts: 169 Baller
    @JJVDMZN - Thanks for your suggestion...I'll give that a try!

    Dan Cloutier
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,932 Mega Baller
    I generally try to leave the liner in my boot when I take my foot out at the end of a set. I find it helps the liner and the boot last longer.
    Mark Shaffer
    alex38Texas6
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,664 Mega Baller
    Yea I have that problem with one of my Strada boots but it has other problems also so I went to a back up later version. Also I try and leave my liner in the shell. Going to get a vapor boot soon.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


  • SpuddySpuddy Posts: 133 Baller
    Mine looks the same as that, will try the hairdryer idea.
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    agree with Chef23. I have been on the same RS1 boots for 5 years and they are still in very good condition. I always take my feet out of the liners after the set. I also always remove the liners to dry and dont leave my ski/boots in the sun. Be careful when putting the liner back in
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 201 Solid Baller
    For those guys ( @Chef23 , @Jody_Seal , and anyone else) not taking the liners out after a set... how do you get your liners to dry? For the first year that I had Strada boots, I did like you and left the liners in as I was worried about damage. But I found that they took forever to dry that way and started to smell really bad. Eventually that overrode any concerns I had about putting them in and taking them out!
    Patrick Moore
  • Mike GileMike Gile Posts: 307 Crazy Baller
    I agree with @pgmoore. Take them out to avoid the funk!
    I have a carabiner on the handle of my bag. Boots stay on my feet when I take my ski off, then straight to the clip.

    Just make sure the flaps are up when putting the liners back in. Minor inconvenience.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,664 Mega Baller
    @pgmoore ,
    Really don't care if they dry or not as I have a D-3 Hi-wrap on the rear that needs to get wet and soaped before use anyway.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 111 Baller
    Reflex front and Vapor rear, I got it half solved!
  • JJVDMZNJJVDMZN Posts: 128 Baller
    @Jody_Seal the new Blue Vapor boots does the same, so changing is not going to solve the problem, the Green Vapor ones are OK
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,190
    My liners only come out in a bad fall; otherwise they stay in the shell with inserts below the liners
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
    ***Robbed out of Hundreds of Panda Worthy Posts***
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,932 Mega Baller
    @pgamoore I have a several year old boot and I don't think it is too funky smelling. I leave it in a shed and leave the bag open. During the season I ski 4-5 times a week so they don't always dry out.
    Mark Shaffer
  • skihardskihard Posts: 550 Crazy Baller
    Mine never dry out either unless I don't ski for a week which rarely happens!!!
    2014 Carbon Pro, Radar Pro Build Lithium Vapor w/ Vapor Carbitex Boa Bindings - life's about working hard and then having fun on the water! I am - are you?
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    I bring my equipment into my furnace room. My gear is usually dry in 24hrs or less.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,664 Mega Baller
    @skihard I guess we aint skiing enough if our equipment dry's out! LOL!!
    @JJVDMZN , thanks for the heads up. waiting for Radar's illustrious leader to call me back he has been over seas and has jet lag I am sure!!
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


    JJVDMZN
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    UGH I have the same problem! I've heard a few people that just cut a section of the plastic off, but I dont want to risk it. I wish there was some way around this. After my set I release the bungee,but the liner just stays on my feet when I pull them out. Then, I have them to dry.
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,151 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    My solution is to take the booty out after use, then I put it part way in...so that the toe is pushing the plastic tabs to the side....leaves lots of air circulation for the booty to dry, then goes back in next time without having a problem with the plastic tabs.
    JJVDMZN
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,801 Mega Baller
    I had an old Strada boot that did this really badly. I tried to heat and straighten, but it didn't last. Eventually, I tried a piece of gorilla tape rolled onto itself and tucked between the tab and the inside surface of the outer shell. This stuck the tab to the shell and kept it out of the way. Eventually, the tape wore out and was replaced. I also thought about possibly using some 3m Interlock to attach the tab to the outer shell's inside surface. Never did it, because I upgraded to newer boots. Still, I think some form of velcro method of attaching the lower tabs to the inside surface of the shell would really work well.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,801 Mega Baller
    Oh, and the funk seems to come from the shells more than from the liners with my bindings. Early on, I did not take precautions to dry liners/shells out. The shells would get a serious funk. Now, I try to dry out the shells before packing away the ski, or I leave the bag open enough for them to air out.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • texas_slalom_tricktexas_slalom_trick Posts: 65 Baller
    @dtm8119 it dos that, because you take your liners in and out. The boots aren't ment to handle the roughness of taking the liners in and out.
  • texas_slalom_tricktexas_slalom_trick Posts: 65 Baller
    @ToddL I didn't mean to off topic your comment. I'm very sorry.
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,801 Mega Baller
    No worries, @texas_slalom_trick. BTW, it is easy to fix. Just click on it again and it will go away.
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
  • texas_slalom_tricktexas_slalom_trick Posts: 65 Baller
    @ToddL thanks for the tip.
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 727 Crazy Baller
    Yes the liners are made and recommended to remove every time. The plastic tab is no big deal. Put the liner in then take your finger down the side and pop the tab out. My stuff goes on a rack in the garage and I have a fan that blows on them over night. Never had a problem with any odor!
    ZmanJJVDMZN
  • StickStick Posts: 6 Baller
    I riveted the inner piece to the outer on both sides. Works great.
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 661 Crazy Baller
    Technique...
    mwetskier
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    i have double strada bindings. when not skiing my ski lives close to the cabin ceiling on two horizonal brackets -tunnel side up so the bindings are inverted. gravity pulls any water in the shells or liner to the cuff of the liner where it quickly evaporates. for me the liners only come out in a fall and then they go right back in.
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