Pros: Power, control and comfort combined
Cons: Squeaks when flexing
First, about myself. I have been skiing for more than 36 years. I have been a ski instructor, GS racer, recreational skier and now a ski patroller. I like to ski super fast and aggressively on hard groomed slopes. I have owned many popular brands of boots in the past, mostly uncomfortable, cold boots.
I reached Nirvana when I purchased a pair of Salomon X-Wave 10 (flex 110) a few years ago. The X-Wave were the first boots I tried that were at the same time warm, comfortable and offered good performance for an aggressive skier like myself. At last I had found a boot in which my toes did not hurt and did not freeze! I have a relatively wide front foot, so the extra space up front is really appreciated.
So naturally when the time came to purchase a new pair of boots, I was looking for a boot design that was as close as possible to the X-Wave, but I was also looking for something a little stiffer, while not going back all the way to full blown racing boots.
I found a worthy replacement with the Impact 10 CS 2011. The 2011 Impact 10 CS has a flex of 120, so it`s a little bit stiffer than the X-Wave. I find the Impact's 120 flex a good compromise between performance and comfort. And while my toes have room to happily wiggle up front, the four buckles and the power strap perfectly lock my foot inside the boot while not creating uncomfortable pressure points.
The boots fitted my feet perfectly out of the box. I like the fact that they are more upright than my old racing boots. It makes walking easier.
I bought those rather than the 2012 model for two reasons. First of all, I paid 419$ (canadian, which is about 415$ usd at the time of writing), a 30% discount over the 2012 model. The new features of the 2012 model were not in my humble opinion worth shelling out 30% more money for essentially the same product. Secondly, I dig the design and colors of the 2011 model. The 2012 model, with bland grey tones, did not elicit an emotional response.