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Full Tilt Boots Durability and Parts

post #1 of 17
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So, I need some new boots this year. My old ones still have some life left but I like to overlap when getting new boots while I transition. I have been using Lange for years now, but decided to give Full Tilt a try. I went to the local shop and they didn't have my size. I did a shell fit while there and know what shell size I need by process of elimination. They didn't seem keen to order a pair for me unless I would commit to them so I ordered online. I took a guess at the half size part. At least I can return them if they don't fit. If I don't like them that's on me and I will go back to Lange.

 

I read some reviews that mentioned buckles breaking on this design in general. What part of the buckles? Are the buckle parts interchange-able among brands / models? I saw the replacement cables are about $15 each on the Full Tilt site. If I can cobble up parts from some older pairs that I happen across at upcoming swaps and can buy a pair cheap just for the parts I will just do that.


Edited by MattL - 10/3/12 at 4:58pm
post #2 of 17

I've never had a problem with buckles or cables but I try to avoid tree trunks and Park features.biggrin.gif I do not think with normal wear you will need spare parts for years.

post #3 of 17

I had one pair with a bad batch of buckles, but considering how many pairs of Flexons/Full Tilts I've had over the years I would say that they're not as fragile as the naysayers make them out to be.  I really wouldn't worry about building up a stock of spare parts before buying the boots.  The most important thing is whether they really fit you or not. 

post #4 of 17

Depends on which model you got. I have the Hot Doggers, and the plastic buckles are far from bulletproof. But, once replaced with proper metal buckles, they are no more fragile than any other buckle. You may or may not snap a couple cables, depends on how you ski. It's common to see guys with plastic buckled Full Tilts using a screwdriver to work the broken buckles, or skiing without one buckled. The half size thing shouldn't be a big deal, I dropped a half-size for mine, just because they fit even tighter like that.

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks! They are Konflict and have the metal buckles.

 

It's seems strange asking about spare parts before I even have them but if I end up loving them it would be worth carrying some spare cables.
 

post #6 of 17
Take a look at my review. I think key to not blowing them up is to actually strap em w a large boster!

I never had an issue that I have heard others speak of.

http://www.epicski.com/t/109620/2012-seth-morrison-full-tilt
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by iriponsnow View Post

Take a look at my review. I think key to not blowing them up is to actually strap em w a large boster!
I never had an issue that I have heard others speak of.
http://www.epicski.com/t/109620/2012-seth-morrison-full-tilt

 



Thanks! I hope I have a positive experience as you have had! It would be nice to ski in comfort for a change. I have never been entirely pain free despite years of fittings. I always dread getting new boots and starting the process over.

post #8 of 17
I'm right there with you. I will caution you on 2 fronts. Either the boot & size fits your or it doesnt.

Secondly - w the FT cabrio, you will either like it or you won't. I appreciate the boot for lower stack ht & the lack of bottom out. It provides a lot of feel to the ski. I find the 4 buckle design rather binary : on or off, extended or bottomed out, on edge or squirly off. If you are a carving purist- look at a 4 buckle. If you want a more progressive (retro) slarvy, pivots feel, this is your boot!

A thought on the garbage snow of last season, the tongue really made that stuff 'feel' better, just don't go looking for glacier ice!
post #9 of 17
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BTW my original question still didn't get answered....Are the parts (especially cables) interchange-able from the Flexon, Krypton, etc.?

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

BTW my original question still didn't get answered....Are the parts (especially cables) interchange-able from the Flexon, Krypton, etc.?

Not at all.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

BTW my original question still didn't get answered....Are the parts (especially cables) interchange-able from the Flexon, Krypton, etc.?


        They are interchange-able from  Flexon to FT, they are the same boot, I don't think they are from FT to Krypton.

post #12 of 17
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I just received my new boots yesterday. They seem built sturdy enough to me.  From some of the comments I saw I thought they would seem flimsy.

 

A question for you Intuition liner owners and experts - I sized down shell size by 1.5  from street shoe. The liner is a bit short and my big toe is crunched. Will the liners "lengthen" when baked and molded?

post #13 of 17

When the liners are baked they will mould to your foot including the toe area. Remember to read and follow the instructions carefully and use the toe caps when moulding.

There are many large threads regarding Intuitions on TGR. Here is just one

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/149284-Intuition-liners

post #14 of 17

I'd say for an FT fan, you'd do yourself a great service by trying on some of the Dalbello cab boots while your at it.

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

I just received my new boots yesterday. They seem built sturdy enough to me.  From some of the comments I saw I thought they would seem flimsy.

 

A question for you Intuition liner owners and experts - I sized down shell size by 1.5  from street shoe. The liner is a bit short and my big toe is crunched. Will the liners "lengthen" when baked and molded?

 

mMake some toe caps from an old, thick heavy sock, put your 'new' caps on, then a thin sock, bake your liners up, and go.

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks. Hopefully some length room will be gained. I'm aware of the toe cap thing.

 

Oven or rice in a sock method?

post #17 of 17

Oven... you can  find a good cooking vid on telemarktips.com.

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