My gf and I have been boot shopping lately. I've had my heart set on the new Fischer Vacuum Fit boots all year, so planning to make a trip to JH as soon as possible. However, she wants to buy her boots here in town, so we can get to skiing as soon as this weekend. Love that girl!
One of our local shops has 3 different relatively high flex (~100-105) womens boots they want her to look at, but they weren't in stock, ordered them, and should have them in by the weekend for her to try on. So we're waiting for that before choosing which boot to buy.
She had a chance to try on a couple at another store, and really like the fit on a pair of Nordica Hell & Backs
Seems like it could be a good candidate for some sidecountry/light backcountry excursions. She wants to get some avy training with me, and both of us will want to get geared up for that in the near future. :-)
These particular boots have a three buckle system, with the middle buckle providing 45 degree heel retention. Seems to make a lot of sense, as before I ever hop on the lift, I'm always ratcheting the crud out of my 2nd from the top buckle in order to pull my heel back, and usually have to fiddle with that one the most to keep it back throughout the day.
This really got me thinking about my own future purchase, as the Fischer Vacuum Fits are a 4 buckle system. Is there a noticeable advantage/disadvantage to either type of buckle system?
My preemptive assumption is that the 3 buckle setup might make for some easier light touring (it has a cable attached to the top buckle that releases/engages the top cuff), whereas the 4 buckle boot might provide for a tighter fit on the shins, which I guess could be better for overall resort skiing? Not really sure to be honest, as I'm kind of a boot jong. Only owned one pair.
Edited by AustinFromSA - 11/15/11 at 1:25pm