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Looking for advice on ZipFit liners for Dalbello Scorpion SR 130

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I have skied about 10 days in the Scorpions, with no adjustments at all, other than using the custom InstaPrint footbed from my previous boots.  The fit is good, about 1/2 inch of space during the shell fit.

 

The boots are great, but I'm not impressed with the stock liners - they're reasonable, but not great.  Before having any stretching, grinding and what not, I'm thinking of getting the ZipFit liners.  Based on reading, I'm thinking either Gara or the World Cup model would be a good choice.  I definitely want a lace up, and I'm guessing low-volume.

 

My biggest issue with the stock liners is the difficulty of putting the boots and taking them off.  It's difficult at 60 deg in spring, can't even imagine doing that in 20 deg, or so.  Part of the problem is that the tongue is rather narrow, and the liner barely wraps around to enclose the entire ankle area.  Because of that, I'm having problems with the instep area.  There's also some discomfort due to the tongue shifting slightly while skiing.

 

Since the price of the liners alone, before any additional work, is quite high, I'm looking for any words of advice.  Is ZipFit a good choice for this boot?

 

I'm planning on having it done at Footloose in Mammoth.

post #2 of 8

The Zip Fit Gara would probably be the best Zip Fit choice or you could use a stock lace up liner from Nordica or Lange, both of which are pretty nice.  The Scorpion is notoriously difficult to enter and exit but with a lace up liner on first then slipped into a warm shell by grasping the two flaps of plastic just above the instep and spreading, the entry is pretty easy.  To exit when the shell is cold is a challenge and I either use the assistance of a heat gun or the patience to allow the shells to warm to room temp before attempting exit.  Again, gripping the lower shell just above the instep and spreading while flexing forward will dislodge the heel most efficiently.  

 

Note: Dalbello has a new liner for next year made by intuition which is low volume and moldable which may be a big improvement over this year's inner boot?  Have seen it but not tried it yet?

post #3 of 8

*shameless self promotion alert*

 

start haus has in stock, full size runs of lange WC lace up liners. They are on sale for $149.00. these are flo ( cork/oil mix ) liners that will fit in any low volume race or plug style boot.

 

they are a higher density, higher quality liner than the stock liner that came in your dalbello scorpians.

 

also, to ease the pain of entry in any race boot with a lace up liner, a heated boot bag is a key investment.

 

jim

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Bud - thank you for confirming that the ZipFits would match the Scorpions and suggesting the Gara.  Very good info if I end up going this direction.

 

Jim - I haven't considered another manufacturer's liners, because I didn't think that they would be so much better in quality than what I have now, but maybe I'm wrong.  Bud also recommended Lange or Nordica.  The price difference is huge, compared to the ZipFit, so it's very tempting.

 

So I'm going to ask you a question that only I can answer wink.gif.  Is there any chance I might be kicking myself and thinking: I should have gone with the ZipFits?  I would like the less expensive solution, but I'll pay the premium if the performance and quality are noticeably better.  I didn't say significantly on purpose.  At the high-end the differences may be small and noticeable, but not necessarily significant.  Do you have a link for the Langes?

 

Life would be so much easier if I wish I could just walk into your store and compare both.

 

 

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Bud - thank you for confirming that the ZipFits would match the Scorpions and suggesting the Gara.  Very good info if I end up going this direction.

 

Jim - I haven't considered another manufacturer's liners, because I didn't think that they would be so much better in quality than what I have now, but maybe I'm wrong.  Bud also recommended Lange or Nordica.  The price difference is huge, compared to the ZipFit, so it's very tempting.

 

So I'm going to ask you a question that only I can answer wink.gif.  Is there any chance I might be kicking myself and thinking: I should have gone with the ZipFits?  I would like the less expensive solution, but I'll pay the premium if the performance and quality are noticeably better.  I didn't say significantly on purpose.  At the high-end the differences may be small and noticeable, but not necessarily significant.  Do you have a link for the Langes?

 

Life would be so much easier if I wish I could just walk into your store and compare both.

 

 



I can post a picture of them tomorrow. 

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I can post a picture of them tomorrow. 


Have you had a chance to take a picture?

 

In fact, are you or Sierra Jim going to the spring convention next week?  Maybe we could try them slope-side?

 

 

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Have you had a chance to take a picture?

 

In fact, are you or Sierra Jim going to the spring convention next week?  Maybe we could try them slope-side?

 

 

I sent the picture earlier today from my iPhone. 
 

 

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