Pros: Extremely responsive
Shell Size Tested: 23.5
Flex rating: 110
Ski tested with: Too many to remember them all
Footbed: custom instaprint
Modifications done to boot: Added boot heaters
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: all over
*Runs Taken: 50+ Days
*Snow Conditions: varied
*Demo or Own: Own
Height/Weight: 5'6" 130lb
Ski Days/Season: 60+
Years Skiing: 28
Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse)
Current Quiver: Kastle LX82, Blizzard Samba, Blizzard Dakota DPS Yvette
Home Area: Squaw & Northstar
Preferred Terrain: varied, off-piste, trees
After spending a season in the Tecnica Bushwacker boot and finding it necessary to buckle a bit snugger as the boot packed out, I decided to do what the bootfitter suggested and go to a lower volume boot, with a higher performance liner. Since I like a performance fit and this boot is extremely low volume, it took a few weeks to break in the boots and I had to adapt a new way to strap the tongue before buckling, but after break in time was done, I knew this boot was perfection for me. I've heard of others who prefer to replace the stock liner in this boot but I've been feeling great and getting tons of comfort and performance out of this boot/liner/footbed combination.
Noted Features and Performance:
The Quick Instep is sooooo helpful when getting the boots off in cold temperatures. I would love to thank the person who thought this up, personally!
Responsiveness - Holy cow! Just a little shin pressure is all you need to feel instant tip engagement. I've never skied a boot that responds quite like this one does.
One Downside: Since I've been skiing in boots that are geared toward the recreational skier I had not experienced a boot quite as cold as this one is. Boot heaters are a great addition.