So after many many years of faithful service, my Salomon Prolink 8.0s failed me. I went to put on my boot, and the tongue came out in my hand. So I had to get new boots. After a few twists and turns and a few bumps in the road along the way, I ended up with new Head Raptor 130s. Great boot, but I have noticed that I don't seem to get the same edge grip that I had with the old boots.
Before I got the Head Raptors, I tried a pair of Technica Ten.2 boots in a 90 flex. They didn't grip either, but I thought maybe it was because they were so soft, and kind of a lower performance boot.
The Head Raptors are 120 flex (adjustable to 130 or 140 too), and they don't seem to have quite the same bite either. With the old boots, I could set an edge on ANYTHING. I used to be able to carve on ice so solid, you could see the ground through it (I'm not exaggerating). When i say ice, I don't mean hard pack, I mean ice. With the new boots, I have all I can do to stay up on a skied out hard pack run. Yeah, I know a skied out hard pack run is kind of slick, but its not as slick as ice, and I never had a real problem getting a grip before I changed the boots.
To be clear, when I talk about Ice, I mean like the stuff in in your freezer that you put in your drink. Like someone left a garden hose running on the trail and it froze. Not just hard snow, but ice. I'm an east coast skier, so I'm used to hard and icy conditions, and when I would see true ice on a trail, I would deliberately try to carve on it because if I could carve on that, I could carve on anything.
So can anybody think of a reason why I might have lost edge grip by changing boots?