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    Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 5:42pm
So my friend and I both have the same boot - 2010 K2 raiders. We've been basically just doing flat-ground 360s and butters this season, and we both feel this deep tissue pain in our leg, on the outer part, next to the calf. I've been experimenting while riding, and it feels like it's b/c the boot is a bit too stiff, and pushing against it when throwing the board around and landing causes it to dig into my leg.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar? My buddy went to the doctor and they said it was a "deep bruise." You think it'd help to get some softer boots?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 6:46pm
That seems really extreme. Is it possible your boot is on way too tight? Or there is something in your boot that pushes in deep? I had a a cut on my ankle after boarding but it turned out a metal hook in my pants was being pushed into my foot because of the boot and positioning. So something similar to that? Either that or just some intense buttering on your part Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 6:49pm
^^Yeah I bet your tightening either your bindings or boots too much...also make sure the tongue on the boot is on correctly before tightening because you might have moved the tongue so it doesnt sit properly
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 6:54pm
That sounds bad, I kinda get a pain like that after riding for an extended period of time like 8 hours, but I think I've gotten use to it now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 6:55pm
i havent done the research on your boot but is it too stiff for the things youre trying to do? try thicker socks or moving the tongue of the shoe like others have said. hope it works out for you.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 7:09pm
different feet need different boots. it's hardly ever the same with 2 feet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/13/2011 at 8:14pm
I had a pain on the opposite side of my calf from the popping/pressing motion earlier this season and someone recommended filling pixie cups with water and freezing them, then icing the area that it ached until it was all melted (once or twice a day) for about a week.
A few days after that when I was able to ride again my leg felt fine so it's worth a shot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 6:36am
just wear lots of socks, or put a pad in em.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 6:40am
Shocked to hear that boots would cause this for different people at the same time.  Agree with above that pads or tying them differently may solve the problem rather than seeking out softer boots.

Any downhill skiiers in here (I don't know if they are allowed in the forums)?  I'm wondering if those boots that look really hard ever do this.  I know the pressure you put on them is way different in skiing, but curious if boot hardness could really be the issue.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 6:47am
i get the same thing when i'm hitting a lot of jumps and park. i wear 32 lashed, and it happens only on my back leg right where the top of the boot is right around my shin and calf area. i feel your pain man, it hurts.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 6:51am
I dont like K2 boots. I had a ancient pair of clickers that sucked and made my feet hurt.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 7:11am
Thanks guys. Yeah I'll definitely try icing my leg, and padding it with more socks. I usually tighten them pretty hard too, but I just like the control that comes with it...

But yeah, panther. It's a bitchh...

I only got the k2 boots cuz they were the ones that fit my foot the best, but yeahh. They made my feet hurt the first few times I went this season, but my feet got used to it :P

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/14/2011 at 7:33am
Just so we are all very clear!!!!!!


NOTHING GOES IN YOUR BOOT BUT YOUR FOOT AND A SOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

dont stuff your thermals, or your pant gators in there.   The hook on the gator is to clip on your laces!

If you are getting pain because trying to spin and  do tricks that you havent properly learned yet, so your body is using muscles and not used tot he pressure you are putting on it. 

the K2 Raiders are actually on the softer side of boots.   

If you are getting pain, you're doing it wrong. 

Not saying that you are not going in the right direction,  if it hurts,  try something differently.  Usually fixes the pain. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2011 at 6:38am
Yeah, you might want to ease up on the boot tightening a bit.  They don't really need to be all that tight up top, but everybody has a different preference I guess.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2011 at 6:45am
I have never with that. thats kind of weird that happened to you the way it did 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 5:10am
Thanks Guth.

Well, to give you guys an update, I just loosened my boots up and they stopped hurting. I'm not sure if I was doing my 360's wrong or something, but it just felt like whenever I spun the side of the boot was pushing against my leg. But now that they're looser, it doesn't happen anymore.

I'll definitely try altering my riding style to make it hurt less though. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Haha

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 5:24am
They prolly suck because they are called Raiders!!! LOL Teeheeehee sorry couldn't help myself
Like everything else in snowboarding, it's all preference!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 6:25am
Ha ha... Good one. Lol.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/22/2011 at 6:35am
Sounds like something that happend to me. I solved it by changing two things- don't tighen the boots too tight. I was tightening to the point where my feet were falling asleep. Not good.
Perhaps change your stance. My stance was too wide for me and I was having to put a lot of pressure on the outside of my calves for control. Once I came in a half inch on both sides, the side of my calves hurt much less.
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