Holes in 3-pin 75mm Nordic boots can get beat up. Here’s a fairly simple and inexpensive fix and/or preventive measure.
Nordic 75mm 3 pin boots are still the standard for backcountry Nordic touring.
There are other boots that may be lighter, faster, warmer,etc. but these old war-horses still provide an amazing combo of weight, versatility, simplicity and ruggedness. They work.
Over time, however, three-pin boots can get beat up. The holes in the duck-bill for locking in the boots to the bindings can get warped. And if you tend to beat on your gear even a little bit (guilty as charged), eventually the boots do not stay in place as easily.
A simple fix, and a good preventative measure in the first place, is the simple addition of Smile Plates
For only $20,and a small amount of elbow-grease, this simple item rehabs boots quite easily.
I wish I knew about these plates in the first place as I would have put them on my boots when I first bought them!
Made for a quick and easy project just prior to ski season.
Initial impressions have been good so far.
The boot locks in place with a wonderful sound -SNAP-.
So, if you are still a pin-head and use 75mm Nordic boots for touring, invest $20 and hour of your time. Simple. Effective. Inexpensive.
Bluebird Smile Plates may be bought from ORS Cross Country Skis Direct
Note: I purchased this item with my own funds
Paul, any idea where to find smile plates these days? They seem to be out of stock everywhere. Thanks!
Good question. And wish I had an answer. 🙁 With supply chain issues in general, not surprised this niche item became difficult to find.