Title: 2012 Seth Morrison Full Tilt
Shell Size Tested: Mondo 25 /293mm
Width: 99 mm
Flex rating: 8
Ski tested with: Bro Model 188, Blossom Off Shore 185, Blossom SL / FIS, Black Diamond MegaWatt
Modifications done to boot: Only a Boosterstrap
Environment of Conditions:
*Location of review: Vermont
*Runs Taken: 30+
*Snow Conditions: Groomed to granular to 4" powder
*Demo or Own: Own
Summary (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):
I have been struggling w/ boots for years. Every boot I own prior, I've spent hours upon hours working on & fitting. My gripe w/ just about every boot has been my wide feet & slush pouring into the overlap. Often, the overlap fails to close. To be fair, I tend to be in plugs.
This boots has a lot going for it. My favorite characteristic is that the cabrio tongue means that there is zero slush into the shell. The intuition liners are a nice upgrade from the Raichles of old. Where I recall a pinch in the Raichles circa 1988, there are no such complaints now. I was fearfull that this boot would be too soft, yet the 8 tongue is plenty responsive for all mtn skiing & high speed cruising. I was rather suprise that the boot is rather responsive & is not anywhere near as springy as the older versions.
Strengths: First the liner requires no work to be comfortable. I simply inserted my foot & I was perfect. It feels like a super slipper. Really, I cancelled my fitting appt & have done zero work to them. Next is the flex, I've heard that these are worthless on piste. Could not be farther from true. Even w/ a large stick...100-120 & even 125 mm skis, no issues w/ getting enough power. I was going to swap for a #10 tongue, yet there was just no need. The cables & the covers snug the boot rather well. I'm convicned this is why the newer versions work so well : the newer plastic is more responsive & the liner perfectly forms to the body. This allows for a perfect flex in a natural progression w/o the bottom out of a typical overlap. As skiing being more "centered" this is really key. The lighter weight & the lower stack height also allow the skis to be pivoted w/ the greatest of ease. Again, a plus for a fatter ski. When I needed to lay over & carve, the boot was plenty powerful. Yet the comfort is the most amazing part of this review. I've skied in coaches boots, tele gear & just about every boot out there.......these win hands down. Not only is the boot comfrtable to be in, it is comfortable to ski in. All those shots to the front of the shins in a day skiing in an overlap are really noted once you ski in this boot. The flex tongue & the lower stack height of the "retro" design allow the skier to 'feel' being a part of the ski & flex w/ the turn. What I really noticed is that many of my other boots are lifted more ( & then I've added lifters 5-8mm) & this on a modern fat ski feels twitchy & disconnected. Again, these are perfect right out of the box. See the photos to view how low to the ski these are.
Weaknesses: This is not a race boot. If you plan on spending your time in spandex- look elsewhere! There are better boots for that purpose. The other point about the FT is that if your don't fit, it will never work. Many folks report that they simply don't have the foot for this boot. My only real complaint was that I could not get a shorter lower cable. That said, they are plenty snug......I just have racer tendancies.
Bottom line: If you ski & ski hard everywhere except on FIS injected surfaces, this is a hard boot to ignore. As a hard core skier, I love this boot & because FT offers every part & liners, this boot will be serviceable for many seasons. The new liners & plastics make this a true all round ripper. I never thought a boot could be this good over just about the entire mtn. I am also convinced that the low stack height & progressive flex have opened up the world of fat skis to this hold out.
Other boots in class:
Height/Weight: 5'9" /145
Average days on snow:,30+
Years Skiing:] 30+ (pick one)
Skis in your Quiver: Bros, Blossom SL/GS, Off Shore, Hook.... Nordica GSR/SLR
Foot issues (Pronation ect): Ugly w/ multiple spurs, bunions
Preferred Terrain All!