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Offline gbouchar

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Vibram + Voile noisy?
« on: December 31, 2010, 10:35:27 pm »
Hi.

I began using my xc skiing kit again last year. Boots are Garmont (Vibram sole) and binding are Voile Mountaineer. I often get an anoying noise when pushing in deep snow. It is not as loud when kicking and gliding. It seem the Vibram sole is rubbing on Voile binding a little bit. Those Vibram sole are common as are Voile binding.

Someone know what to do?

Thanks!

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Re: Vibram + Voile noisy?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011, 01:50:07 am »
I get the same problem with lots of different boots. You can try putting a little ski was on the edges of the boots where they contact the bindings or try a bit of sandpaper on the sided of the sole.

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Re: Vibram + Voile noisy?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011, 08:22:30 am »
Hi Gbouchar,

I have the same set up with a Garmont leather boot, Vibram sole and Mountaineer binding.  That squeaking may subside with time as the boot gets used more and it starts to mold better into the binding, at least with leather anyways.  Are your Garmonts leather or plastic?    Mine now squeaks very little, and I never did any modification to it.   I like Packrat's idea of the wax.  Re sandpaper, that may do the trick as well, but I suggest being very careful, as you want a nice tight fit of that sole in the binding for lateral stability which provides excellent control.   You don't want any slop in there. 
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Re: Vibram + Voile noisy?
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2011, 09:38:32 am »
Thanks for your suggestion.

Garmont leather boot. Already sanded the rubber a little bit. Will try sanding binding a little bit too. I was aware a no-slop fit is better if i want a solid feeling when turning and all. Will try waxing. I tried grease last year. It worked but not very long.

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Re: Vibram + Voile noisy?
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 02:09:06 am »
Just put a bit of grease on the sides of the bindings before each outing.  If you use really good stuff, like chainsaw grease, you don't have to reapply as often.

Another benefit of doing this is that it reduces the strain on the bindings and it is a bit more efficient as you are wasting less energy forcing the boot rubbing in the bindings.