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Can you brake in Plastic Boots?

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So here is a noob question I have had for a while. I was on Baker last November and tried out a pair of Scarpa Invernos. It was my first time wearing them and they just about ate my feet with blisters which was sort of expected… I haven’t really worn them since but I was talking to someone who said he didn’t think that plastic boots could be worn in… Is it true that you can’t wear in plastics? I’d think you could be able to at least break in the removable liner.

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Short answer - no plastics won't break in. However if there are certain spots where the liner rubs (fits too tight), these will mellow after time. Blister usually come from a spot where the boot does not fit snug, and allows your foot to move around. Try different sock combos, add padding or shims, different foot beds, etc... to get a snug fit.

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Plastic Boots rock - i think your feet can get used to them, so i guess you can "break them in" - it just depends on what you mean by break them in.

 

Yes, they take time to get used to. But they're much warmer and the liners are nice to have when waking up in the middle of the night at camp to take a dump.

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Plastics don't break in. More like your feet get broken in to the boot and the liner packs out. Take note were you get blisters and tape up those spots ahead of time. I do this everytime in my AT boots and my feet are happier for it.

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Fit is critical, because the shell will NOT break in. Custom footbeds (try a high end ski shop,Superfeet makes a number of footbeds that might solve most of the problem) will make a huge difference. So will preventive taping. And wear them around your house for as many hours at a time as is practical to help break in your feet to the boots.

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Various brands and models of plastic boots fit differently. You should be able to find some that are right for you. You could buy a used pair and then get new heat-moldable liners for them.

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