My wife is about a twitch away from pulling the trigger on getting a new pair of Atomic Medusa 110 boots (all mountain, narrow last, low volume performance boot, great snug fit for her narrow foot, very comfortable). Her only concern, and this might be the deal breaker, is that Atomic states that this boot has a +5mm increased stand height compared to other boots. According to the Atomic site, this is to help the edge grip for wider skis, many of which have bindings mounted flat. The Atomic men's Burner series has the same construction.
The question is, how will this extra 5mm height affect the performance of the skis that she owns?
Her widest ski is the 85mm Dynastar Exclusive Legend Powder, and these have the standard Look bindings mounted on lifter plates (not the Fluid rail). The other two skis in her quiver are the '07 Head Supershape Speed (66mm waist, FF14 binding on a CP13 plate); and the '09 Fischer Progressor 8 (73mm waist, RF12 binding on the Railflex bed).
About 75% of her ski days are on hard snow (Head; Fischer) here in eastern Canada and east US, with about 10 to 15 days per year in the Rockies/Wasatch/Tetons (Dynastar).
Of particular concern are the Supershape Speed, as the binding plate already puts her at a considerable stand height. She is extremely reluctant to change the performance of this ski for the worse, as this is her Go-To hard-snow daily driver, and her favorite ski.
So....although 5mm doesn't sound like much, what kind of an affect can she expect? Will this be a detriment....or a benefit?
BTW, the only other boot that might be a good fit for her is the Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush, but it is just not available in any stores in our area (Toronto). She tried on an Inferno 110 race boot, which was an excellent fit, but she is looking for a touch more all-day comfort in the liner and boot board than a race boot can offer. Hence the Medusa being at the top of the list....
Thanks in advance!
Edited by SGN - 2/13/11 at 4:00pm