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I just got brand new boots fitted at GMOL at Stratton..  I have to go back for another fitting to test out the canting I need (1-1.5 degrees on right lateral side).  Just waiting on snow so I can try it with shims before it is permanent.  It was suggested it might be good to ski them a little bit in the mean time to find any hot spots or fit issues.  The boots are Salomon 120 X Max.  24.5.  Bare foot I measure 25 cm.  I have custom foot beds and the stock liners have been heat molded with toe caps on.  The shell has not been heated and no punching or anything like that.  It is snug in there.  I honestly would feel comfortable skiing the boot with all buckles undone and just the strap secured.  I can only wear a thin sock liner.  Its the ones that come from Intuition (not the liners in the Salomons) to put the rice in.  I'm 5'7" 155#.

 

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My questions are about the booster straps. 

 

In general, if they are so great, why don't all manufactures go to something like that on at least their top end boots? 

Salomon points out that their straps have NO elasticity.  This seems 180 from what Booster Strap delivers.

 

Is there a reason to not use one? 

I realize some might not benefit from them because of the way they ski, but I can't remember anyone saying anything bad about them.

 

Is there something that the velcro strap on the Salomon X Max can do that a booster strap can't?

Other than match the rest of the boot and provide the real estate to write SALOMON in big letters?

 

I have a booster strap and can easily install it on the boots and I'm trying to figure out why I shouldn't.  So far I can't come up with anything and if they are that much better, I would like to install them prior to my test runs in the next couple of days.  Hope to be back to GMOL this coming weekend.

 

Also, the bolts in the back. How are they employed if so desired?  I and the fitter (Bill) thought the 120 would be fine but we were both sort of on the fence between these and the Max 100.  I decided to go error towards too stiff since it is supposed to be easier to soften over stiffen.

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #2 of 5

attach one and see how it feels for you.   If you like it, great.  if you dont notice a difference then remove it?

 

why use one?

 

adds rebound to the boots flex

 

doesn't wear out

 

the cam buckle can't fail.

 

all the cool kids are doing it

 

costs more money

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

attach one and see how it feels for you.   If you like it, great.  if you dont notice a difference then remove it?

 

why use one?

 

adds rebound to the boots flex

 

doesn't wear out

 

the cam buckle can't fail.

 

all the cool kids are doing it

 

costs more money

 

Well.  As long as there are at least two good reasons for it biggrin.gif

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #4 of 5

Most boots permit the user to run the power strap around just the liner before overlapping the two cuff flaps over and buckling.  The Salomons however are not very conducive to this routing in stock form.  If there is a way you can attach your Boosters so that this routing option is available to you, by all means do it, you will never go back!

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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post

Most boots permit the user to run the power strap around just the liner before overlapping the two cuff flaps over and buckling.  The Salomons however are not very conducive to this routing in stock form.  If there is a way you can attach your Boosters so that this routing option is available to you, by all means do it, you will never go back!

 

On my Kryptons, I trimmed the top buckle strap so it was below the booster strap and no longer interfered with it.  I don't mind modifying things to fit my needs (wife bought me a T shirt that states "I void warranties") but I might wait until they are dialed in until I do that.

 

How are the bolts in the back used?  Does each one lessen the flex by a certain %?

 

Thanks,

Ken

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