Gents, would appreciate suggestions for my current boot situation.
I have been skiing a pair of Doberman Pro 130's for three years. With Zipfit WC liners and Aline footbeds, I have a real nice fit. The kind where you forget to loosen or take them off at lunch. And they have served me very well for the type of skiing I bought them for - fast Maine groomers on carvers. Absolutely rock solid connection between leg and ski. Could not ask for a better boot or fit for those conditions.
But this year I have been moving out of my comfort zone, so to speak, and have been hitting some bump trails and have dabbled in the trees. I am currently in Utah at Powder Mountain and am writing this at the end of what was one of the most amazing days of my 50 years on skis. The hill got pounded yesterday and today was one of those picture perfect blue bird days that I have always read about but never experienced. And to make the most of it, I took a powder lesson this morning, which was of inestimable value. But what I had already suspected about these boots, as I skied the trees and a few baby bumps this year, was confirmed as I tried to get out of carving mode, stand more upright, be much more dynamic and flexible at the ankles and be lighter on my edges in the deep today. Seems that the solid stiffness and forward stance of the boot which I have always appreciated at speed, does not work so well for me in these conditions.
So my first question is whether my Dobermans could or should be modded in a way that would make them more upright and softer. I tried removing one or both of the rear bolts (can't remember) but did not like the feeling - mushy, not soft but mushy. Perhaps taking some of the shell would have a better effect. I recognize that this boot was made for a particular purpose, and to soften it may just make it unsuitable for anything. I have no idea if this boot can be made so that the stance is more upright. I do not want to torture these boots or try to make them into something they can not be. If that kind of "existential" mod is unrealistic I would just keep them as is and use them on days when I am on the groomers. Or perhaps there is a "tweener" boot that would give me good service on hard, soft and in bumps. Holy Grail....
If I start, God forbid, a boot quiver, I am inclined to stay with the Nordica line (Fire Arrow?) since I seem to be able to wear their boots out of the box. I have had good luck with Tecnica as well. No so much with Dalbello. So any suggestions for modding the Nordicas, and/or a boot for those off piste/bump days, would be gratefully received. Appreciate again all you guys do to help guys like me - and for nothing but the thanks of it.