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#.
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.