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Tecnica Dragon 100 UltraFit Boot - Men's

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Pros: fit, strenght, look

Cons: tricky to get the inside shoes out

Bought this shoe last summer. Another user mentioned that the boot did fit perfectly in the shop and didn't anymore on the slope. That's a common error: if you try on boots in a shop, they should feel super tight on the brink of causing you pain. This is because they will eventually loosen and adapt to your foot. If they already feel "comfy" and soft in the shop, chances are high they will slack on the slope.

 

Anyway, what can I say? The best indicator that a ski boot is great is if you don't really think about it anymore once you're in it. And this was exactly the case with the Dragon 100 UltraFit. Very comfortable and at the same time very stable and ready for every challenge. The 100 flex is sufficient as long as you're not a competitive ski racer - I find it ridiculous how so many people buy themselves boots with higher flex just to show off. I'm a ski instructor and like to go freeriding as well as staying on the slopes and I never had the feeling I needed another boot.

 

The only minor issue: If you want to get the inner boots out of the shell every day after skiing (which you should definately do!), it takes some time, because Technica didn't include a strap or handle at the top of the shoe. However, it's worth it. Have been skiing with this boot for 4 consecutive weeks now and still no smell at all.

 

Bottom line: perfect shoe for advanced skiers who don't want to hurt themselves in 120-150 flex shoes.

Posted

Pros: Look "cool" and feel good when trying them on in the local shop

Cons: Painful when skiing and easy to lose control of skis

The Dragon 100s felt great when wearing them in the local ski shop and when wearing them in front of the TV waiting for ski season to start.  The first day (night) on the slope told another story.

 

These boots fit snug to my feet so I started with the upper buckles on the loose side.  During my first run my foot moved more inside the boots than my worn and half size too big Nordica 9.1 boots.  For my next run I tightened my buckles and to no avail.  By my fifth run my feet were killing me and my skis were going everywhere except where I wanted them to.

 

Lucky for me the ski shop exchanged them for Atomic Hawx 110s and all pain and ski stability issues were corrected!

 

Interestingly enough I encounted another skier wearing the Dragon 100s and he said he loved them.  When I asked him if he had ever tried the Volkl AC 50 skis he said he didn't like them because they were unstable when he tried the demos.  Knowing how stable the AC50s are, I suspect the soft boot liner to be the problem.  These liners should be in 70 flex boots.

 

I also noticed several of the rubber buckle tips on the floor of the lodge during the winter!

Posted

Pros: Comfortable, Responsive, Good Looks

Cons: Not what Tecnica claims they are - Terrible customer support

Now that I've skied about a dozen days in them - I'm a bit disappointed. They are good boots, but not great. If I paid full price, I would return them, but they are OK considering I paid about half price.

The problems:
Advertised as dual cuff canting - NOT TRUE, you can only adjust one side.
Advertised as adjustable Flex from soft, medium, stiff - NOT TRUE, only soft and medium adjustable.
Adjustable power strap - DOES NOT ADJUST.
Cuff is too narrow, cuff tongue shaped for a very small leg.
Liners pack out very quickly, requires several "tightenings" on the buckles in one day.

I called Tecnica USA, and spoke with their customer service about the "adjustments" that were advertised, but not really there.  The customer service rep wasn't very knowledgable about it, but did go back and look at several boots and was surprised that what I told him was true.  He said he'd talk to the product manager and have him call me back - I never heard from anyone again.

It seems like these functions may be available in the higher end (stiffer) Dragon 110 and 120, and they did not include their functionality in the 100, but maybe their marketing screwed up and claimed the same functionality in the 100's also - I 'm not sure.  I haven't cheked the 110'a and 120's to see if they do or do not have the adjustment functionality.

I just wish someone from Tecnica would call me back to explain !

Posted

Pros: Fits like a glove and took a while to soften up.

Cons: The adjustments aren't so user friendly.

Boots are excellent for long days, very comfortable and the flex is enough to control but not too stiff that the boot is uncomfortable.

 

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Pros: flex is comfortable and consistent

Cons: liner goes away, too soft !!!

I am/was disappointed in this boot. I'm a fairly aggressive expert skier but getting older (61) I didn't want to fight a super stiff full tilt race boot, so I went with the Dragon. From day one the boot liner just faded away to nothing, I thought it was too warm, so I reserved judgment until colder weather. No change, I had my boots cranked to the max buckle after an hour, even changed the position of the move-able buckles, heal still lifted and ball area sloppy. I was disappointed that I received no response after contacting the factory with, I thought, a nice letter asking for any ideas to solve the problem. I finally spent the bucks for a custom conform'able liner and have a better fit now. Boots were purchased and fitted at a quality professional shop. These are for sale.

Tecnica Dragon 100 UltraFit Boot - Men's
Description:

Buckle up the Tecnica Men s Dragon 100 UltraFit Ski Boot, and enjoy the combination of adjustability and techy features that can help you push the limits of your skiing. This four-buckle boot features a triple-density plastic shell that has three strategic zones of hardness to give you a blend of strength, power transmission, and easy entry and exit. The Dragon s thermo-formable UltraFit liner provides full padding with enhanced sensitivity in the upper. Three-position buckle catches and a rear flex adjustment lets you fine tune the fit, and a dual cuff alignment contours the boot to the shape of your lower leg. A hinged instep catch pivots away from the shell to allow for easy in-and-out, and the AVS grip sole gives you shock absorption with added traction.

Details:
DetailValue
Binding Compatibility
Cuff
Flex Rating
Last (mm)
Liner Material
Micro Adjustable
Model Year
Number of Buckles
Recommended Level
Replaceable soles
Shell
Shell Material
Sizes
Thermo-moldable Liner
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 28.010143300 051-280
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 26.010143300 051-260
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 25.010143300 051-250
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 26.510143300 051-265883506235622
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 29.510143300 051-2958033311235689
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 25.510143300 051-255883506235226
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 28.510143300 051-285883506235660
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 29.010143300 051-290
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 27.010143300 051-270
Style: 10143300 051, Color: Black/Smoke, Size: 27.510143300 051-275883506235646
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