Ski Boot Cuff Emergency Pivot Repair Kit

Post by blogger | March 2, 2018      
Boot cuff pivot repair kit, installed.

Boot cuff pivot repair kit, installed.

There are myriad ways of creating a ski boot cuff rivet using common hardware store products such as T-nuts, elevator bolts, etcettera. This simple getup is intended to be temporary, versatile (work for various thickness) and cheap. It’ll get you out of the woods, and could also be used for other repairs. Use is simple: If you bust a rivet, pull the liner out of your boot and remove the trashed fastener, insert the cap screw through a washer on the inside of the boot, head of the screw on the inside. Install washer and nut on the outside. You’ll need multi-tool pliers to turn the nut, while holding the hex wrench on the inside. When creating the kit at home, crank nut down on the bolt a few times to break it in. Store everything in a ziplock with small baggie of desiccant. Be sure to use a lock nut, as a regular nut will loosen and fall off in short order.

Ski touring boot cuff pivot rivet repair kit.

Ski touring boot cuff pivot rivet repair kit.

Parts List (22 grams total):
3/8″ grade 8 SAE washers, 2
(Check fit of external washer, ideally it should fit inside the depression where stock rivet nests.)
5/16″ x 3/4″ button head cap screw
5/16″ aircraft type lock nut
3/16″ hex wrench, cut down

Washers, nuts, bolt and hex wrench.

Washers, nuts, bolt and hex wrench. I ground about a millimeter off the top of the cap screw. It does protrude into the boot interior a few millimeters, but not so much it’ll be a problem completing a day or exiting stage left. Again, not a permanent fix.

I tested this on a few destructed boots we’ve got laying around here at WildSnow HQ. Due to the boot liner padding I couldn’t feel the slightly protruding interior screw head. If it did bother you, in a pinch you could carve a divot in your liner and perhaps build up some tape on the inside of the boot to even things out. Innovate.


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10 Responses to “Ski Boot Cuff Emergency Pivot Repair Kit”

  1. swissiphic March 2nd, 2018 10:31 am

    Used this emergency cuff pivot repair on a few pairs of touring boots in the 90’s. worked good for outer rivets but for the inner ones the protruding nut/bolt caught ski edges. so i used a grinder and removed some material and rounded it into a bowl/dish shape. That worked good too.

  2. Lou Dawson 2 March 2nd, 2018 10:44 am

    Good points Swiss. If this was for a specific boot I could easily cobble up something that was close to OEM, but keeping it universal means bolt has to be longer, etc. Could also include a few more parts, but then the weight increases. Lou

  3. Tay March 2nd, 2018 3:41 pm

    For Dynafit boots a Rivnut and nylon washers will work perfectly as they come in correct diameter to snuggly fit the boot rivet holes.The nylon washers compress to fit the rivnut without digging into the boot. Rivnuts have a smooth, wide surface for the cuff to rest upon so less likely to cause cuff “slop”, and won’t gouge away at the cuff or boot like a bolt or t-nut would if there is any play.

  4. Lou 2 March 2nd, 2018 4:47 pm

    Tay, I could probably add a bushing sleeve to this rig, to prevent boot damage if the fix is used for excessive mileage. I’ll look at doing that. On the other hand, the idea behind what’s shown in this post is it’s reliable, easy to install, and versatile. It’ll fix most any boot to get the user out of the backcountry, or complete a skimo race. Lou

  5. See March 2nd, 2018 6:36 pm

    A flat head machine screw and a washer with inside diameter slightly smaller than the head diameter of the screw would probably protrude less into the boot.

  6. Andrew Nock March 3rd, 2018 10:18 pm

    Is the a post on back country ski essential repair kits – light and good.

    I dont have one yet

  7. Lou 2 March 4th, 2018 8:03 am

    Hi Andrew, we’ve done quite a few posts about repair kits. Try a site search on keywords “repair kit”

    Modern bindings are more reliable than the old days, though they still break, it seem most limp-home repairs are best effectuated with duct tape and accessory straps, so the detailed repair kit isn’t as big a factor for shorter ski tours near civilization, main thing is to have screw driver bits for all types a binding might have, as well as the ubiquitous multi-tool. If you ski with regular partners, it’s worth deciding who will tend to carry certain things, so you don’t end up with a lot of extra junk being hauled around.


  8. Dave Smith March 4th, 2018 12:46 pm

    I have been using this solution:
    successfully for 5 years

  9. Tyler Newton March 7th, 2018 3:36 pm

    Thank you for the kit!! I’ll keep it in the pack and hope I never have to use it. The extra few grams are well worth the peace of mind.

  10. Lou Dawson 2 March 9th, 2018 9:26 am

    Hi Tyler, thanks for chiming in. The kit could probably be a bit lighter if it was specific to a given model of boot, idea of this one is it’s fairly universal. Always evolving this stuff, fun. Lou

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