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post #61 of 78

WORST: early eighties Dynafit race boots (red and white) that truly did not fit and ANY boots that don't fit...AND Asolo plastic tele boots mid-nineties that hinged instead of flexed. What were they thinking? what was I thinking?

 

BEST  (for me)  DYNAFIT 3F Comp (not kidding), late eighties black and green. The adjustments were very tweakable: one could dial in lean anywhere between not much and extreme. By tightening the spring the flex could be fine tuned on the spectrum between way too soft and stiff as hell based on whatever metrics matter most (skis, terrain, temp, you). Cuff alignment and walk mode too. They fit me like a glove thanks largely to Paul Richelson, now in Plymouth NH. I could wear them all day for several days in Tuckerman. Best fit I ever had in 45+ years of skiing, would still be using them if the fluorescent green plastic had not shattered one buckle at a time nearly a decade ago. They lasted as long as they did because I was mostly tele skiing for the last twenty years. if someone has a pair in 26.0 drop me a line, really.

 

also Garmont Squadras (orange ones just like Ener-G) great fit due to thermo liners, med stiff 4 buckle tele boots sufficiently wide in the bellows

 

and...Scarpa Lasers, used in lieu of properly fitting alpine boots. With stiff Flexon tongue it performs like an alpine boot

 

as mentioned previously: it is all about fit

 

great thread

post #62 of 78

WORST:  Salomon SX71.  Got from a friend.  Both sloppy and painful.  Don't know how they managed to get those charactersistics designed into a single boot.

 

BEST:  Scott Superhot.  Snug fit.  Light weight.  I never had an issue with them breaking but I only weighed 125.

 

CAVEAT:  I just got a pair of Technica Cochise 130.  Looking forward to getting them out on the snow.

post #63 of 78

Best:  My current set.  2011 Rossi Experience Sensor 110's.

 

Worst:  I could say the cheapest junkiest boots I ever owned but that wouldn't be the best answer, I don't think.  I had some godawful dull grey plastic rear entry things when I was a kid.  First boots I ever owned.  But they fit well and I remember them fondly.  So!  The actual answer is a pair of mid 1990's Nordica i don't remember what model name.  It wasn't the boot's fault.  It was mine.  They were two sizes too big for me.  And they pinched the top of my feet.  AND they were too tight on the calves.  I skied on these horrible fitting bastards for several years because I was a teenager possessing cheap and stupid in abundant supply.  >____<  

post #64 of 78

First pair of boots I ever purchased when I was a teen: a pair of Scott Superlight boots.  Cool looking and skied well, but those things would rub my shins raw to the point of bleeding.

 

Still have them in my "ski museum".

post #65 of 78
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Originally Posted by MidwestPete View Post
 

First pair of boots I ever purchased when I was a teen: a pair of Scott Superlight boots.  Cool looking and skied well, but those things would rub my shins raw to the point of bleeding.

 

Still have them in my "ski museum".

 

Scott has brought back The Ski, or at least the graphics. I would love it if they could re-introduce the Scott boot with the same fit, performance, and light weight as before but with modern plastics that don't blow apart.

post #66 of 78

Worst boot, not counting leather buckle notched toe hand-me-downs:  Tecnica Innotec 8.1, a high volume boot and a size too big, because at the time I didn't know ski boots from fishing waders and trusted the salesman who was also the store manager to select the right boots for my very narrow feet.

 

Best boot: Nordica Doberman Aggressor WC 150's, lace-up liner, softened to 130's. They fit, and the stance is perfect.

 

Perfect boot? The above in 110 flex.

 

And I've never bought anything from the "ski shop" that sold me those Innotec's ever since.

post #67 of 78

Worse boot----A pair of Hanson, circa 1979, called them the "Juice Hansons", were wax injected rear entry.  You needed to spray your sock and the inside of the boot with silicon to have any chance of getting into them.  They were so stiff and high on the back, and at too aggressive an angle that I ended up sitting back so far my tips looked like I had rocker skis on 30 years before they were invented!  But, they were very cool in their own perverse way.  THey later had a foam insert that was a bit less crazy.  I wore the on a pair or Rossi Strato 105, and Olin Mark VIs.  Best boot---My Dale Pros….

post #68 of 78

hey was looking at the fischer vacuum 130 how is the instep does it varry from the normal rc4 130. I had a pair for about 5 years and as I grew my foot got taller and started pinching in the boot.  I guess what im saying is does the vacuum tech fix this problem? 

post #69 of 78
This thread has a potential to be a good long running one...

My best: Head Raptor RD B3
My worst: N/A. I haven't purchased any bad boots yet. They all have been good in varying degrees and different areas.
post #70 of 78

Do my leather lace up boots count? (For worst of course). Best?--the Rossi Radical Pro's I have now, particularly since I got Intuition liners.

post #71 of 78

Worst: Nordica Syntech.  An abomination.   A hybrid between a 3 buckle and rear entry boot.  They had a dial to tighten the fit which would crank a cable across the top of your instep and could cut off blood flow to your toes.

 

2nd Worst: Scarpa Laser.  I could never get them to fit right and they always gave me blisters when skinning and really lacked support.  Plus they had a big plastic bump for an arch, so my custom footbeds wouldn't fit properly.

 

Best: Lange RS130 Wide.  My current boots with Conformable liners.  Stiff enough and the shape is a good match for my foot.  I'm happy.

post #72 of 78
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Just sitting around waiting for the snow to fall, and wearing my new boots Rossignol Synergy Sensor 100's, trying to brake them in. That got me thinking about some past boots I have owned. Out of all the boots I have owned it took me a nano second to come up with the best boot and worst boot I have ever owned, and now I'm curious as to what other people worst and best boots are.

Worst Boot Dynafit 3F Comp S around 1985/86
Best Boot  Raichle Felxon Comp Cira 1988/89

Here's hoping the new Rossi's become my new fav boot.
post #73 of 78
Worst boot? For fit /comfort or performance or both? For utter lack of comfort My HENKE "red " plastic racing boots from the mid -70's . These wonders of the watergate era had a hinged tongue and a 2.5" wide stainless steel band that wrapped across your shins. My left heel still has a scar from the incredibly non resilient foam liner some 35 years later.
However, they could steer a pair of VR 17's like nobody's business.
post #74 of 78

Worst Boot Ever were Hansons, great look but OMG when it was real cold the gel packs would freeze solid and just make things worse.

Also, they loved to pop open if you even got close to being back.

 

Best Boot  Ever are my present Lange RS 110 Wides - landings are so much more fun, and my 59 y.o. knees are grateful as well.

post #75 of 78

Agreed, my JUICE Hansons, with the wax mouldings.  Had to silicone spray them to get my foot in, they would literally crush my instep.  They made you sit back so far it was like steering from the back seat.  My favourite boots, my Daleboot Pros, so comfy I can wear them in the house as slippers, good control, not my first choice for ripping icy east coast runs, but otherwise, work great!

post #76 of 78

My yellow Hanson Avaintis looked pretty sweet with jeans.:cool The Hansons actually weren't that bad for me; it was the orange Garmonts (circa 1978?) that literally wore holes in my shins, that I really had trouble with.

 

Best would be all 3 pair of dalbello Kryptons, and my current KR 2 fusion ID's.

post #77 of 78

best for my foot recent Lange RX 130 right out of the box no adjustments (yet) for my dorsiflexon keeps me in a centered stance

 

worst solomon x wave 10..too much forward lean for me, made them work for many years

post #78 of 78
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Originally Posted by Eric L View Post
 

Agreed, my JUICE Hansons, with the wax mouldings.  Had to silicone spray them to get my foot in, they would literally crush my instep.  They made you sit back so far it was like steering from the back seat.  My favourite boots, my Daleboot Pros, so comfy I can wear them in the house as slippers, good control, not my first choice for ripping icy east coast runs, but otherwise, work great!

Silicone was the ticket, thanks for reminding ,e of that. I had the Stormtrooper white!

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