Paul Oberin

Don't buy new boots, get a Svenfit liner.

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A guy called Sven Coomer is a genius at boot related matters and for a while now he has made a Zipfit cork liner for ski boots, but the newest liners are now improved even more with a better instep pressure relief on the tongue over the previous models.
The Sven fit liner is good for around 450 days of skiing and can go from shell to shell as boot shells will not last that long, it constantly changes shape as required by the wearer, cork does not compress so this cork liner is way better than foam liners and is around half the price of foam, foam cannot be transfered from shell to shell unless the shells are exactly the same in every way.
At around $435 rec retail they are a bargain, and if placed in a used ski boot with worn out liners the boots will be better and firmer than when they were new, so instead of buying new boots every few years, save money and really increase your ski performance by getting a Svenfit liner.
I know in a new boot they will work out to be fairly expensive first up, as you have to buy the boot then the liner on top of that, but a $599 boot with a Sven liner is way better than a Strolz boot and less in price by quite a lot.

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  1. Paul Oberin's Avatar
    Sven Coomer, a designer of ski boots (including benchmark models like the Nordica Gran Prix and Raichle Flexon) and one of the founders of Superfeet. Not bad for a guy born in Sydney.

    Sven Coomer's Zip Fit custom inner boots capture our "best product in any category" nomination, year in and year out. No matter what shell you use, Zip Fits increase comfort, warmth and performance, for any level skier from beginner to World Cup athlete.

    The Zipfit© and OneMinuteFit© man is (Sydney born) Sven Coomer. He developed and perfected the recent application of “OMFit” molding compound.
    After 25 years of competing and coaching in 7 sports through Olympic level, and studying engineering and industrial design, Sven began designing and developing ski boots with Nordica in 1970. That was in the transition from leather to plastic boots. His contributions there laid the foundations for the state of the art in today’s ski boots. In 1978 he opened a ski boot fitting and orthotics development shop at Mammoth Mountain, California, from which came more famous boot models, boot fitting schools and Superfeet. In ’88 he began Zipfit to develop the missing links, the orthotics and inner boots.
    OMFit is a proprietary formula of granulated cork and dry-ceramic “clay” binders. These combine to create the optimum viscosity and density to work in the extreme and most demanding environment of ski boots. The OMFit is perfected to perform within his other unique Dynamic Molding System. This enables the OMFit to adapt and work with you, allowing your anatomy to settle into the optimum and most efficient relationship and effective support within your ski boots. This changes constantly whether you are skiing straight or carving high speed or slow speed turns. It is not a casting of one passive position, as with foam or silicone injected liners. Sven was also accountable for developing the best ever foam liners and patented silicone liners.
    Dozens of formulas were tried in evolving this one functional recipe that works; responding perfectly with your anatomy dynamics and body heat within the complex demands and environments encountered in skiing. Cork is superior because it never compresses, deteriorates or shrivels-up the way all of the synthetic materials, foams and fillers did in extended testing. Cork yields under pressure and vibration without deforming or losing support and always returns to original memory. OMFit is also organic, the best insulation and the most ergonomic feeling around your anatomy. In addition, it lasts for at least 600-700 days of hard skiing. The paste is proven to promise you the best fitting, warmest, most comfortable, supportive and best performing ski boots you could ever imagine.