Originally Posted by Viddiewell
I'm looking to find a boot that will allow me to ski on-piste with my daughter and to dabble a little in some backcountry when the family's out of town and I've got a weekend to myself. I've read/heard a lot of great stuff about Garmont, I can't afford to pay full price at a shop, but know my Mondo size. Is this a good deal? Any advice would be appreciated.
So far the consensus remains - as it has since chairlifts became the norm - that there is always some compromise to downhill control by adding flexibility and comfort for touring. That depends on what level of downhill control you need. If you're not really bashing gates, you don't really need that much power, at least if you're not normally cruising above 45 mph. Backcountry boots can handle some pretty difficult conditions, but not at high speed levels, and thus for typically lower forces. So, if you're comfortable with some compromise, there's a large range of power available and it's just a matter of finding a boot that fits both your foot for a high quality fit and a blend of touring flexibility, lightweight, and downhill power. You can have a lot, but you can't be superior on all three counts. Pick two and count your blessings.
You mentioned the Garmont Radium. A good medium power touring boot. There are better touring boots with equal or better power, but not lighter weight (Dalbello Virus, Lange XT, Tecnica Cochise
Pro Light) and boots with better touring and lighter weight, with equal or lesser power (Scarpa Maestrale, Dynafit One, Garmont Cosmos
) and lots with more power, more weight and less touring range of motion. Pick your poison and go earn your turns