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I've got a pair of custom moulded Scarpa Spirit 4 touring boots where the big toes are bit too tight (I've lost the nails after a day or two of touring more than once). What is the proper technique for punch out the toe liners without damaging the liner or overall functionality of the boot?

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Pull out the liner and step into the shell - if you can fit a finger between your heel and the back of the shell you might be able to remold the liner or buy an after-market liner. A professional boot-fitter at your local gear store can do it for you, or you can follow the directions to do it yourself in a low temperature oven. If you have trouble fitting a finger between your heel and the back of the boot, I'd consider new boots. They will be uncomfortable no matter what you do.

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Is punching out always done with heat? I've got another pair of Solomon boots where the inner left ankle creates a pressure point by afternoon when I'm skiing all day. What other techniques are there? – furtive Feb 19 '12 at 5:09

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