Pros: Cool Color, Pretty Comfy, Vibram Sole
Cons: Power Strap, Cold
This is the first "new" boot I have owned since I started skiing. I've always been in old hand-me-down boots from older brothers, friends and co-workers. Oh yeah and those boots I've picked up at random thrift stores and ski swaps.
So I may be a bit biased when I say wow. But maybe not.
I work in my boots and when the local boot-fitter suggested these I think I laughed. A boot without a walk mode that I am going to spend 10 hours a day in? and my 10.5 foot (US mens) is going to fit in a 26.5? (insert hysterical laughing here)
But they somehow convinced me I would be happy and so far I'm actually pretty impressed. Performance wise, it is the best boot I have ever been in. Lots of control, lots of feedback, good flex, and in bumps, they don't beat me up (big plus, I love bumps).
Considering I do as much walking in ski boots as I do skiing in ski boots the vibram-ish sole and light weight makes life a little easier. It is not as great as a full AT vibram sole but it's a whole lot better than nothing.
And even though I thought the 26.5 was tiny, it is actually the right size (CRAZY!). They don't feel like tennis shoes, but they don't feel like my older brothers lange's from the 80's (RIP my big toenails).
I do predict that the Power Strap will destroy my shins by mid-season, but that can be fixed with a Booster Strap.
If you can find a new pair at a cheap price, I would give them a go. For the average person they are probably the most comfortable, performance boot out there.
200 hours later... As predicted, the power strap has destroyed my shins. I remedied the problem with a piece of 5mm neoprene added to the inside of my tongue.
These boots are not warm... the toe box gets chilly... really chilly.
Also, if you are prone to growing a "6th toe" you might need a punch or liner adjustment.
Lastly I'm not too stoked on the sole wear of these boots. I do spend more time walking in my boots than most, but the Vibram has worn pretty badly.