Been in a pair of Tecnica Icon TNT X boots since around 2001. No work has been done to the shells. Averaged about 5 days a year until 2009, when I changed jobs. Been able to get up 20-30 times a year since then. In 2009, I bolted on a pair of Booster straps and put in some intuition power wraps. Molded with the rice method. Have been pretty happy with these boots, but know that the useful life of the shells may soon come to an end and I'd rather not have catastrophic failure on the mountain.
If it matters, I'm 40 years old, 6'3", 205 and fit. Been skiing for ~30 years (but no racing background :)). Spend most of my time in the bumps and trees (since I can generally ski whenever I want, I really only ski hard on powder days - the only other days I'm up are with my young kids). I prefer to noodle down the mountain at (what I consider to be) a reasonable speed, rather than charging at mach-schnell.
I certainly appreciate the wisdom in the advice to "buy the boot that fits you best." My problem is that there are a ton of models out there. I'd like to replicate the fit/feel/performance of the Icons (and would like to put the power wraps into the new shell, whatever it is). Would appreciate any advice about what recent makes/models I should start with when I begin my shopping.
Edited by whitemb - 9/19/12 at 7:37pm