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Scarpa tornados on groomers

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I have the chance to get some 2008 Scarpa Tornado Pros at a very good price. Feedback seems to be they are decently stiff and handle all mountain skiing well although their may not be enough forward angle to keep you out of the back seat. At this stage of my skiing I have no aspirations to go BC just to survive on blacks and steeper blues is my immediate goal. Local shop reckons they could make them work for my fairly wide feet but they havent had much experience with them and recommend an alpine boot like the Nordica Hotrod 95. So compared to a dedicated Intermediate alpine boot is the Scarpa going to be harder to ski or have any other disadvantages that would outweigh the options it provides for eventual BC trips and immediate booting or walking?? thanks for any info Maurice
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I've been on the Tornado Pros for 4 seasons and use them in all conditions including hiking and BC. They fit like a glove, quick and easy to get in and out of, fast and light walking. I would not characterize them as lacking too much forward lean. In fact I adjusted them with less than their maximum forward lean adjustment. I did get them after transitioning from tele boots and would say they are not the optimal for on piste skiing (especially firm surfaces) or BC touring, but a very decent 'tweener' boot.

 

Last week I had a blast 'laying it down' and carving on some high speed groomers. On the steeper groomers I tend to skid more and am still trying to determine if it's my ski angle relative to the slope or the boot.

 

It was pointed out to me at ESA, that my alignment was off. I replaced the insole with a footbed and it has helped. If you feel the need for more forward lean you can shim the binding ramp angle or try a heel wedge.

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I have these TP's. I use them only BC and have the optional Vibram rocker soles on them. With the forward lean maxed out they are ok. They ski well for an AT boot. But with you having no immediate plans to hit the BC why not just go with a good alpine boot? Would these hold you back? Probably not but there are better tools for the job you want to do right now......

 

 

 

 

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How well are the Vibram soles? Do you swap soles or leave them on all of the time? I have Barons and understand that they are not geared towards AT soles and the Tornado's DIN compatible soles are the better idea.

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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

How well are the Vibram soles? Do you swap soles or leave them on all of the time? I have Barons and understand that they are not geared towards AT soles and the Tornado's DIN compatible soles are the better idea.



 They do "walk" a lot better with the rocker soles. Much better traction when out of the crampons too. I use them with Fritschi Freeride Plus bindings with no problems. I haven't skied them in my Duke's so I can't say what might work in your Barons.

 

 

 

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