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By Emmett Lyman
From Washington, DC
Jan 11, 2013
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I've got a pair of Baturas that I really love, but the toe box is just a little too small for my right foot due to a bunion and it gets pretty painful when I climb multiple days. Has anyone had success stretching synthetic boots?


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Jan 11, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

they arent going to strecth much if at all.


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Jan 11, 2013
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

Yep.. aint gonna happen. I finally had to completely abandon Sportiva boots across the board. By the end of the climb, my pinky toes are sobbing in agony.

Leather or synthetic, however, I don't think it really matters with a heavy randed boot.. that rubber locks the toes in pretty good. Leather will probably stretch and wear-in over time, but it's still not gonna be like breaking in a pair of leather hiking boots- you're gonna have some serious pain, if it works at all.


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By MikeS
From Boulder, CO
Jan 11, 2013

Bring em to a bootfitter. They can probably stretch them out just enough to offer some bunion relief....it's worked for me.


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By Dane
Jan 18, 2013
Cham '11

Batura and Phantom Guide can both be easily stretch a good bit by a professional ski boot fitter. BTDT...easy to do with the right geat and a bit of skill/caution.

You won't get a 1/2 size out of them but you can solve some foot pain issues fairly easily if my experience is any example.


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