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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi all.

Next season I'll be working SkiPatrol and would like to hear what skiboots other patrollers in this forum use.

As of today I ski app 70 days a season, both as an instructor and freeskiing. I'm lucky and have no problems with my feet whatsoever, and can fit nicely in a 98mm last.

My current skiboots have a flex index of 120 and I would like my new boots, soon to be bought ( seasons sales coming up ), to be at least as stiff. I'll also get heater soles as it can be very cold up here early in the season.

Any input and advise will be appreciated.

post #2 of 9

It sounds like it shouldn't be too difficult to find a boot that fits within your parameters, but there are a couple of things I'd suggest you consider.  First, having a boot with walk mode is really nice, because you walk a lot.  Second, a lug or semi-lugged sole is nice for the same reasons - walking and climbing.  To that end, consider a boot like the Black Diamond Factor or Dynafit Titan - they are marketed as AT boots, have a stiff flex and walk mode, and have interchangeable AT and DIN soles,  The DIN soles have rubber bottoms designed to really help with walking and climbing.  There are probably others, but I'm not real familiar with downhill boot brands.  

post #3 of 9
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Thanks Bob,

they're both under consideration. Have you used any of the two? In Norway they're both $ 1000 +, hopefully less when (if) they come on sale.

post #4 of 9

I test fit them both and the Dynafit was a tad narrower and a bit stiffer than the Factor.  I'd chose between them (or any others) based on how they fit.  

 

In my earlier post I forgot to mention Scarpa boots (which was dumb because that's what I use).  They have some boots in their Freeride line that have walk mode and rubber in the DIN-compatible soles:

http://www.scarpa.com/scarpa/products/SKI/SKI-FREERIDE

 

The Scarpas may be cheaper there?  And it's always dicey buying boots online, but Telemark-Pyranees has some interesting prices for comparison.  

 

I'm on Scarpa boots - the Terminator X Pro NTN tele boot - so DIN compatibility isn't important to me...but walk mode and lugged soles are.  

post #5 of 9

StiFFer AT boots are certainly a swell Idea.  A couple of my fellow patrollers seem to like those Garmont Endorphins (I think that's who makes those).

 

There are a number of good 98mm lasted alpine boots as well.  I recently started using the Dalbello Scorpion 130 SF-good fit, excellent skiing boot and it comes with replaceable vibram soles (which make a difference on patrol).  There is a 110 flex model as well.

 

Just remember everything you buy will take a real beating and you'll go through equipment faster than the folks skiing the resort you patrol at--so budget accordingly.

 

 

post #6 of 9
Might want to check out the Tecnica Cochise for next year. Could be a game changer.

Here are a few reviews:

http://www.wildsnow.com/4483/tecnica-cochise-boot-review/

http://www.bpfresco.com/?p=369
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks so far guys, I'll do some serious thinking and pester the local high-end stores in Oslo the coming days.

Happy skiing!

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

I ended up with Garmont Endorphin as they seemed to fit me the best. I really like the way they built and constructed this boot with lots of logical solutions. Even before heat molding they are comfortable yet giving me the heel hold angle and stiffness I crave.

Had some fresh in Oslo two days ago so I'm looking forwards to taking them to the trees tomorrow.

 

Thanks for your advice, guys.

 

Happy skiing!

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Originally Posted by madMads View Post

I ended up with Garmont Endorphin as they seemed to fit me the best. I really like the way they built and constructed this boot with lots of logical solutions. Even before heat molding they are comfortable yet giving me the heel hold angle and stiffness I crave.

Had some fresh in Oslo two days ago so I'm looking forwards to taking them to the trees tomorrow.

 

Thanks for your advice, guys.

 

Happy skiing!


icon14.gif  Well played.  

 

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