Pros: Easy to get on and off
Cons: Too snug over instep
Height/Weight: 5'6" 135 lbs
Ski Days/Season: 80
Years Skiing: 30
Aggressiveness:Finesse skier with a sense of adventure
Current Boots: Tecnica Inferno 110 with Lace Liners 23.5
Home Area: Northstar and Squaw
Preferred Terrain: Trees, moguls, and the occasional groomer
Apex ML 2 Ladies Performance Ski Boot
Test Skis: 2016 K2 Luv Sick Ti
Location of test: Northstar Spring Skiing
At SIA I talked to Jed and Jennifer about the women's design for Apex and the possibility of getting fitted for a test. I measure between 24.5 and 25 on the Brannock and ski in a 23.5. I was told that I would be good in a 24.5 and would be set up for a pair of the ML 2 to take out for a few runs at Mammoth. At Mammoth they didn't have the boot available in my size so they shipped it to me so I could get out on it at my convenience. Where my BSL is normally 280mm, the ML2 in 24.5 is a 301
The Apex ML 2 has the capability of adjusting the forward lean so we set this boot up for 14* of forward lean.
We took the boots to the shop where I work to put the liner on the stacks and install foot beds so that this set up would be personalized for me.
Walking to the gondola in the boot was in deed comfortable and leisurely. I can see why someone would gravitate to these boots for this level of comfort.
My low volume foot has an extremely high bony instep that I thought would be happy in a boot like this but I had to fiddle with the boa a bit to get a comfortable fit over the instep which left my skinny foot feeling like it was a little roomy. The true test came when I put the boot into the chassis. The strap on the chassis was directly over my instep and created undo pressure. I adjusted the strap a few times but was unable to relieve the pressure. I can't help but think that there could be a way to customize the amount of material between my instep and the chassis to create more room, but I didn't want to start modifying a test boot.
It had been a few weeks since I'd been on snow so this ski day was a much anticipated spring skiing play day.
The first few turns in the Apex ML 2 were a little sluggish, while I was trying to get the circulation into my feet after fiddling with the instep issues. Making my way to a short black diamond, I started to put it through its paces making a variety of turns. The turn transitions seemed to have a bit of a hesitation, which I couldn't tell if it came from my right foot being numb from instep pressure or from the amount of disconnect from the foot to the ski with all the material in this boot. If there is one thing that stood out for me its that this boot can do the work if you have the patience to wait for the feedback.
This boot performed pretty darn good. I am glad that Apex makes this boot for the folks who are looking for this solution. For me, If I were to purchase it, I'd make some modifications over the instep. For test purposes, I couldn't get it comfortable enough to keep it on more than a couple hours.