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    Posted: Jun/08/2010 at 5:20pm
Just wondering if anyone knows a DIY technique for heat moulding boots?

I just bought a pair of ThirtyTwo TM-Two's off the net, and the local boardstore charges $50 to heat mould them, presumably to deter internet purchases...

Any solutions would be great...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2010 at 5:31pm

Do It Yourself

Preheat a convection oven to about 180F. Or a clothes dryer might also do the trick. Take the footbed out of the liners and the liners out of the boot and place them into the oven about five minutes apart so that you can fit one while heating the other.

Wear a thin pair of socks tightly over your feet and toe-cap (if you have one, see section below). Take the first liner out and put it into its boot. Slide your foot into the boot and stomp down on it before strapping up nice and tight.

Repeat with the other liner. Stand in your snowboard stance and then walk around in them for about fifteen minutes while they cool down.

Toe Caps

You may like to have a little bit of space for your toes to wiggle around in inside your boot to prevent them from feeling overly tight. For this reason, many riders prefer to wear toe-caps before molding their liners.

You can make a toe-cap out of anything which will give you some space inside your boot e.g. by using a thin sock or some cloth to wrap around your toes while you step into the warm liners to mold them.

Keep in mind that there is a limit to the number of times you should re-mold them as the amount of expansion with each attempt decreases to the point where they may become too thin. You should probably be able to get about four to six decent moldings depending on the quality of the material.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2010 at 5:54pm
Excellent,

Thanks heaps for your help!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 10:42am
You could also try a hair dryer on low heat.  Be careful not to let the liner get to hot or it could melt.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 10:44am
your board shop charges you to heat mold boots?!?
$50!!!!
thats highway robbery...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 10:48am
$50 for a professional sounds pretty damn good in comparison to sore feet and suffering on the mtn
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 11:04am
Originally posted by carebear

$50 for a professional sounds pretty damn good in comparison to sore feet and suffering on the mtn


i suppose it does... but i know a couple board shops where i live that do it for free
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 11:15am
my vans jamie lynns are moulded by the heat in my own feet!not trying to rub it in our anything but have you checked to see if your boots do the same?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 11:17am
WARNING!!! you definitely need to use a toe cap when doing it yourself.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 11:22am
does the heat shrink the size of the liner? or what. anyways how do you know if you can do this to your boots?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/09/2010 at 2:03pm
If you want to know if your boots are mouldable, google the model, find the liner name then if its not obvious, google the liner name and you should find out pretty swiftly.

Heat moulding isn't entirely neccessary- usually your body heat and weight will get things sorted within 2-3 days.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/15/2010 at 3:03am
Wear them for a day or two and they mold to your foot.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/17/2010 at 4:56am
i have 2 pairs of 32 boots...
one is Focus and the other is Ultralight...
i did heat moulding at shop (when i am on trip in Japan) for the Focus and they fit and work perfectly for me...
for the Ultralight ones, i heated them by a hair dryer and follow the same steps...the result is not so good...just would like to share my experience for your reference...but be careful not to overheat your boots in any case.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/29/2010 at 6:24pm
The shop by me said they'd do it for $30, but free if I purchased in store...I mean, I've never used heat molded boots before, but other boots I've been in have been comfortable.  I was looking at burton Sapphires, which were extremely comfortable, I didn't think it was necessary for heat molding.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/29/2010 at 6:44pm
if theyre comfortable enough out of the box, or not uncomfortable enough to warrant molding, then dont do it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/31/2010 at 8:29am

That's what I figured.  Has anyone noticed an extreme difference in molding vs. not molding?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/17/2010 at 1:24pm
Thanks for the great tips and now i got something to do before the season begin. anyone know what can i do if have got a little bit heel lift on my smaller foot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/23/2010 at 9:34am
They will naturally heat mold to your feet after 6 days or so. Your body heat will do the job, it's just slower. After I've ridden a pair of boot about 40+ days (if they last that long) I like to bake them out (oven or boot heater at the shop) and just let them cool without my feet in them. The foam re expands to more like its original 'brand new' shape, compensating for overpacking and wearing out of the boot. If they make it to 50 days then I usually do that every other week. But I've only had two pair ever make it to 50+ days.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/23/2010 at 9:53am
Your shop should not be charging $50 to heat mold them unless they are doing what the boot shop at mt hood does, which is taking a full mold of your foot and molding it with inserts that will enhance the fit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2011 at 8:18pm
I live in socal, does anyone know a reputable shop that will do it for a decent price?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/17/2011 at 8:22pm
heat molding is a sham! a sham I say
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 9:24am
Custom fit would cost you like over 200 bucks so 50 bucks doesn't sound so bad.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/18/2011 at 9:32am
ride 3 days and they should be molded to your feet. my 32 lashed were a little stiff and uncomfortable the first time i used them, but after 3 or 4 times, they were great, perfectly molded to my feet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/31/2011 at 2:27pm
I did a diy heat mold in my kitchen oven. the lowest bake setting is 170 and put them in there for bout 15 minutes. i put some foil on the bottom rack which is supposed to help disperse hot spots. don't forget to take out the insoles while they're cooking. u can tell the liners get really soft when theyre cooked. i strapped onto my board for about ten minutes, and then another ten minutes with the toe edge elevated a few inches. thats supposed to help mold the heel pocket.

I also read on a website people take a sock and fill it with rice, put that in the microwave, get it hot and put that in the boot to heat it up but that seems like too much work.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/31/2011 at 2:31pm
Unless the boots are too small for you, I agree with the others: Just go with the lazy technique and let it happen naturally! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/01/2011 at 8:13am
I'm with these guys, 32s liners are made out of STi foam.  I wore the Lashed for a few years, and I have a few beer coozies made out of the stuff (the Ride rep stopped by our shop and hooked us up).
A hairdryer works just fine, as does letting them mold on the hill.  If it's really cold out, or you have wussie feet, I'd heat them up at home first.  Do one boot at a time, hair dryer on low for a good ten minutes, then lace em' up super tight.  Then, stand on a small stack of magazines to set your heals deep into the heal pocket with both boots on (even if you haven't heated them both up, your feet need to be even) for a good 10-15 minutes while they cool.

BTW... if a shop would charge $50 to mold boots... I'd never set foot in there again.  They should be doing it for free, or $5 max, to earn your trust/biz for the next time.
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