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2014 Ski Boots: Hike Mode vs Resort Models

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I need a new pair of boots. I am 6 feet 210 pounds- aggressive skier

Current Boots: Salomon 130 X-Wave (4-5 years old)

Foot: Size 12.5/13 Shoe size, Medium Width (Narrow Boots are Out for me)

Skiing: Resort Skier, with some short hikes

 

I have read all the magazines and websites. Lots of great boots on the Market.

 

My question is whether I should get a hike/mode boot?  This year I will be going to

Kicking Horse/Taos and some other resorts where some hiking is involved.I like to do some short

hikes at Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood. 

 

Boots I am looking at:

1. K2 Pinnacle 130 (Hike/Mode)

2. K2 Spyne 130 

3. Head Challenger 130

4. Rossignol All Track 130 (Hike Mode)

5. Salomon X-Pro 120

 

Salomon has worked for me in the past. The Salomon X_max 130 is too narrow

 

 

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post #2 of 10
The Salomon XMax 130 has a custom fit shell hat should expand to fit your foot unless it I very, very large. The fit is roomy enough that some go down a size before the custom molding process. For a boot with a hike mode that gives up very little add the Lange 130 XT to your list.
post #3 of 10

I suggest you also check out the Black Diamond Factor 130 and new Dalebello Lupo.

post #4 of 10

I second the Lange XT 130. I'm enjoying every day in mine.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by SunValleySteve View Post
 

I need a new pair of boots. I am 6 feet 210 pounds- aggressive skier

Current Boots: Salomon 130 X-Wave (4-5 years old)

Foot: Size 12.5/13 Shoe size, Medium Width (Narrow Boots are Out for me)

Skiing: Resort Skier, with some short hikes

 

I have read all the magazines and websites. Lots of great boots on the Market.

 

My question is whether I should get a hike/mode boot?  This year I will be going to

Kicking Horse/Taos and some other resorts where some hiking is involved.I like to do some short

hikes at Alpine Meadows and Kirkwood. 

 

Boots I am looking at:

1. K2 Pinnacle 130 (Hike/Mode)

2. K2 Spyne 130 

3. Head Challenger 130

4. Rossignol All Track 130 (Hike Mode)

5. Salomon X-Pro 120

 

Salomon has worked for me in the past. The Salomon X_max 130 is too narrow

 

 

.

 

If you need more volume than the X Max 130 (98~104'ish), try the X Pro 130 (100~106'ish)... the larger number represents the upper limit of the heat moldable shell. Neither are hike mode boots. If an X Max 130 is to narrow to me workable, then you can most likely scratch the 100mm Lange XT 130, Rossi All Track 130, and K2 Pinnacle off your list.

post #6 of 10

XMax expands with heat from a 98 forefoot up to 104.  How wide is your your forefoot?  Salomon also has a wider boot called the XPro.  You might check them out with a good bootfitter.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. When I tried the Salomon X-Max in the store at Northstar Resort

It didnt feel good.It felt very narrow. The salesman didnt mention anything to me about how it can expand and fit my foot better.

I will revist the Salomon boots including the X-Pro when I go back up skiing, and I will look into some other boots

like the Lange XT and the Dalebello, etc. So I gather for those of you who like the Lange XT which has a hike mode

you didnt experience a loss of performance when doing "resort" skiing? What did you like about the Lange? From reviews

the new wider models would fit my foot better. 

post #8 of 10

Ya, it isn't often that a thermofit liner boot feels good at all off the shelf.  I'd bet they don't sell well at all without a salesman or fitter telling folks how they work.  Just curious though, do shops have some kind of display models without that denser foam inside so people can actually try them on and sort of get a feel for them without having to actually heat the liners first to have a good idea if whether or not they really fit well?

 

I bought some online for thirty bucks and they hurt quite a bit.  I took out the liners to begin the usual modifications and saw the thermofit logo so I researched on how to bake them.  They feel great now hahaha..

post #9 of 10

Check out the Scott Delirium 130. It has a 103 mm last. Soles are available for both AT and Alpine. I got mine mid season, so about 50 days on them. I use them for my resort AT boot. I have a set of pure alpine and pure AT so this was my compromise. I love them. Plenty of room for the fore foot but great hold on back. Two thumbs up. 

post #10 of 10

I don't notice a lack of performance in my XTs cruising groomers or going off piste. If anything, they feel a touch softer than most 130 flex boots. I've found I use the hike mode a lot more than I thought I would. Really simple to go from ski to hike and back.

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