Title: Review: 2012 Dodge Carbon Fiber Ski Boot
Shell Size Tested: 28.5
Flex rating: Not Stated but I would guess 160 if buckled down tight
Ski tested with: Stockli XXL
Footbed: Full custom (from my previous boots)
Modifications done to boot: heel lifted about 3/8" to level forward lean. Ankle cuff adjusted. Footbeds trimmed down to fit Dodge.
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Hunter Mountain, NY
*Runs Taken: Various Blacks and Blues
*Snow Conditions: Hard Pack and variable
*Demo or Own: Own
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
Turn initiation was like something new - instant. Never experienced anything close. Getting on edge quicker and with a higher angle. The boot is bigger than it looks, I went down a full size. The Carbon Fiber shell is about 2mm thick. Getting into them is a learning experience but not bad at all. The boot doesn't open all the way like a plastic boot does so you have to use the heal track. The advantage, however, is that you don't have to overbuckle. One concern I had was cold feet because of the thin shell and liner . It was not a problem. It was 22 degrees and my feet were fine. I never had a problem with cold feet before but it was on my mind before I skied them.
Run after run they just kept getting better.
I also want to mention that the bootfitter was Billy Kaplan. It was my first experience with Billy and he is a great guy. I've been to bootfitters before but he is by far the best. He really takes his time to make sure you have a perfect fit. I'm going to ski these a few times then go back to Billy for some fine tuning.
Other boots in class: None
Average days on snow: 11-25
Skis in your Quiver: Stockli - Laser SC, XXL, Scot Schmidt Pro; Fischer GS; Elan SL
Foot issues: Left foot pronates and collapses at arch.
Preferred Terrain groomers - off-piste 75%-25%