Home Fitting Intuition Custom Ski Boot Liners

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Home Fitting Kits

In order to fit the liners in the comfort of your own home, you should follow this advice....please read fully BEFORE attempting; you will get better results!
I will provide a home fit kit for free with every pair of ski boot liners bought from me. Have fun!
Firstly you should try the liners on in your ski boots and keep them on for 10 minutes or so buckled lightly, and flexing backwards and forwards, generally staying active. If you sit down watching TV with your feet up they will swell and feel awful! Once you are happy the general fit is OK, maybe not yet perfect, but with a good heel hold and your big toe touching the end of the boot with you stood upright, you are ready to begin. 
The home fitting kit contains a pair of black fitting socks and rubber toe cover.
Take one of the socks and pour 3-4lb's (1.3-1.8 kilos) of short grain white rice into the sock. Tie a knot in the open end and on a flat surface (plate) distribute the rice so you have a sausage shape with an even thickness - this will ensure even heating. Depending on the wattage of your microwave (normally found on the back panel or manual) you will need to heat the rice in the fitting sock for:
900W - 7 minutes
1100W - 5 minutes
1200W - 4 minutes
If you are unsure of the wattage. start at the lower heating time and CAUTION! carefully check the rice - be careful it will be hot!
While the rice is heating, you need to get the first foot ready. If you want a comfort fit put on your normal ski sock and then place the toe cap over the end of your foot with the Intuition logo over the big toe. Pull the other fitting sock over the top and pull up making sure there are no wrinkles and it all looks nice and smooth - worth taking the time and care for best results.
CAUTION HOT! Once the timer goes off pull the rice sock out of the microwave by the knotted end!
Continuing to hold by the knot, place the rice stocking into the first liner (in boot) and tap the boot hard on the floor on both toe and heel until the rice stocking is settled into the boot at the toe and heel. Tap back and forth multiple times until you are confident it is in position.
Let the boot stand with the rice stocking in for 10 minutes.
Remove the heated rice stocking
from the liner, taking care as it may still be hot in places, and put in you insole so it sits well. Insert your toe capped/socked foot into the first liner.
Kick your heel into the back of the boot to ensure your foot is well positioned and pull up on either side of the liner to make sure there are no creases.
Start buckling the boot with one of the two top buckles and make sure they are nice and snug - if the boot was a tight fit when you tried the unheated liner it is worth over buckling at this point to give a more relaxed fit and get the foam the correct thickness.
Once the two top buckles are done stand up and flex forwards (bend you knees and ankles) to position the foot well in the boot.
Do up the remaining buckles (again over tighten if you want a more relaxed fit or leave looser for a snugger fit).
You will need to stand still in the boot now for 10 minutes resting on the front of the boot lightly. It is a good idea to place a piece of 2x4 wood (or something sturdy of a similar thickness) under the toe of the boot in order to elevate it and angle the ski boot. This will make sure the heel is located securely in the back of the boot and will give a good molding shape. 
Take off the stocking and toe cap and repeat for the other boot/liner.
ADDITIONAL FITTING TIPS
Check fit
before heating the liners and generally familiarize yourself with how everything is working together. Practice putting the boot on and buckling so you can do it efficiently once the liner is hot. Make sure you have the overlap of the liner sitting correctly if using a wrap liner. If your toes are touching the end that is fine as the toe cap we are using will create space for your toes. The liner should feel snug all over without any uncomfortable specific pressure points. If you have a pressure point try unbuckling the boot and lift the foot up and down and make sure the liner is sitting correctly. Make sure the insole is sitting properly. Feeling a bit too tight is OK as you will/can create more space when molding.
If your liner feels loose in the boot do not rely on the liner expanding to make the boot fit. The liner does expand but it isn't a balloon! Please contact me if this is the case so I can recommend a different model/size.
If the liners felt tight when you first tried them on, then over buckle the boot to compress the foam and create more space.
If the liners felt just right then buckle the boots lightly to give a nice snug fit.
After initial molding if you need to adjust in a specific area, consider making a smaller rice sock to heat just that area.
Cuff can be reheated and adjusted by shaping the rice bag into a more condensed shape and laying the boot on its side to heat only the upper portion. If you are heating a wrap liner make sure the bag sits in between the wrap t heat the external wrap.
Breaking in period It can take a couple of days for everything to settle down and is well worth doing before tinkering too much with the fit. Remember to take your fit kit with you on your ski trip so you can adjust as necessary.
If you learn better with videos, watch the you tube video at the top of the guide.
Remember to take your time and no worries if you don't quite get it right first time. The liners can be re-heated several times until you do!
Enjoy the new levels of comfort and performance the Intuition liners give you - not to mention 30% warmer than conventional liners and half the weight!!

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