Sounds like a very interesting development.
Hammers aren't idiot proof... but it does sound like a good attempt.
As for the time involved, I don't get the comment that it's too much. If you've ever had many hours spent fitting your boots, this is almost instantaneous.
I guess the biggest question is what are the other angles involved? To what degree will they place the foot toe out? , and what is the ramp angle?
How much instep room can they compensate for? - If you've got a low one, will it fill the space, and if you've got a high one, will it compensate?
What's done to give toe room? Is there enough big toe space?
It is ;) Most of WC guys are on this boots since Zagreb races. These are boots of Julien Cousineau from Zagreb SL race (6th of Jan. 2011). I know all this might not mean much, and they can be just repainted old style boots, but on the other side, Palander still had old boots in Zagreb, while in Schladming, he was with these ones already. So maybe it's not just paint job ;)
Primoz, i know it is your profession but still got to hand it to you for the quality of this photo. To get close up detail quality like that during a slalom run is superb!
Awesome photo Primoz!
Note the instep buckle is on the second position, Booster strap appears to be in use.