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Driving while wearing your ski boots

have you driven in ski boots?

  • All the time

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • For a short distance

    Votes: 7 41.2%
  • Never

    Votes: 10 58.8%

  • Total voters
    17

spiderpig

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Love the pic Jimk....

Yes I am one of those who will drive with ski boots on. Very specific situation - Bromley condo to Magic and back. Dry pavement. Light out. One stop sign, no stop lights. 2 turns. One place to slow down. Back roads. 10 miles. It’s actually pretty easy. And the skill will come in very handy this year with no lodge access.
sounds like there should be a vote up there for "all the time" :sneaky:
 

kbroderick

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Dec 1, 2005
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Depends on the car, SUV's and mini vans where you sit more upright it's not that difficult. Sedans and coupes are much more difficult. Automatic transmission obviously is needed.
An automatic transmission helps, but it's entirely possible to operate a clutch with at least some boots. I don't think I'd want to try in a true race boot, but driving a five-speed XTerra in AT or tele boots was no trouble so long as I made sure the toe and instep buckles were at least lightly closed (unlatched they could catch on the plastic around the footwell otherwise).

Driving in a low-cuffed three-pin tele boot isn't particularly hard, so long as you can manage not to get the duckbill in the way.

Upshifting a motorcycle with a ski boot...that gets interesting. I thought that it wouldn't be that much worse than an MX-style boot, which already have minimal ankle flexion, but the shape of a ski boot is totally different and the plastic substantially beefier.
 

Cornhead

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I've done it around the hill on a car with automatic transmission, don't think I'd attempt it with a stick. I have all I can do to engage the neutral safety switch on the clutch pedal to start my car prior to unbooting at my car
 

kbroderick

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Location
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I've done it around the hill on a car with automatic transmission, don't think I'd attempt it with a stick. I have all I can do to engage the neutral safety switch on the clutch pedal to start my car prior to unbooting at my car
A friend and I were enjoying slack-season turns on Mt. Washington and had a few moments of panic that her Subaru wouldn't start, until we realized that the duckbill on my boot was preventing me from getting the clutch all the way in.

Driving it was easy enough once we figured that out.
 
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