Ok, I am sorry but I am going to cop an attitude here. I usually don't have a rotten attitude, I am usually a pretty friendly easy going fella.
Now however I am pissed.
Here is story, and I am throwing it out to the entire population, real skiers.....like you all.
1989 until now I have lived in boot nirvana. Tecnica TNT Racings began the bliss...306 BSL 26.5 with my custom leather Alpina racing beds hand built for me and only me. Went thru 2 pair of these(at that time I was on the hill over 100 days a year)
Moved onto TNT AVS racing, the tangerine guys.....more perfection. Perfect out of the box bliss....neutral canting, no bootfitting, no heel lifting, no pain = perfection.
1998 moved into my first pair of TNT Explosion 8's 304 BSL, same custom beds - same perfection......eventually pro formed or acquired a total of 4 pair in my quest to make the bliss last forever.
In each of the past 2 years, a pair has blown up and I have come to find that they don't call them explosions for nothing. Now I am down to my last 2 pair, one pair are ok the other pair probably have over 100 days on them.
I have been and continue to be panic struck at the thought of not having the perfect boot anymore. I live a life of fear looking behind me in the lodge half expecting to see the nightmarish trail of orange plastic left behind as my boots break apart.
Recently picked up a pair of near mint Diablo Fires same size and 304 BSL. Ski'd those today and while they were orange (well tangerine) and comfortable and a little soft (set at 100 flex) they did not have anywhere near the same fit! Off to ebay they go! Boo!
I posted here and elsewhere seeking a pair of the last generation Explosion 8 that a fitter friend of mine told me will allow me to continue my bliss (this plea is still in the gear wanted forum and I am going to bump it one last time) I have a ski'd once pair of liners ready to go from the NOS Explosion 8's that broke earlier this season.
The scary thing is he told me that the Explosion 8 was the best fitting boot Tecnica has ever made esp for a normal D width foot like mine.....and he strongly suggested I hunt high and wide for a copper pair or two or I would likely be disappointed with anything else. He said the only thing he could suggest would be a steady diet of bootfitting attempting to make a pair of Tecnica Inferno(98 last vs. 100) fit. Probably run me about 9 bills by the time it was done.
I don't want to downsize, I don't want a blown out race fit, I just want out of the box perfection to continue like I had for over 20 years. I don't want to spend half the ski season seeing the boot doctor nor do I want to spend 3/4 or my limited skiing budget on custom tweaked race boots. I just want to go skiing like I have for 20+ years. Nice warm feet, perfect fit, feeling the edge and riding the wind!
Tecnica bring back the TNT boot last so I can continue my life of boot bliss!!!!!!
That is it for my rant, yep I feel better. Thanks for listening bears!
I guess it is back to looking over my shoulder for the orange plastic trail for me.