I just bought a pair of the Apex MC-2 High performance boots.
I have been a long term Lange boot buyer. I have almost 30 years of skiing under my belt and have skied steep and deep and raced. I would be the first person to be skeptical about trying a soft boot having seen other attempts at this in the past. Apex finally got it right!
I first tried my new Apex boots out as they came out of the box. I used them at Okemo VT.
The first run down they felt different as the toe box area is more open. You have lots of room to wiggle your toes and no fear of the dreaded black toe nails from tightly fitted boots. When you tighten the Boa system it snugs perfectly to all parts of your foot. Not too much pressure is needed to get just the right fit. I had no hot spots after skiing or blisters from a new boot. They were just right and I have narrow boney feet.
The outer shell holds tight in the fore step and around the shin. The boots were both responsive and I felt just as comfortable on the steeps as the groomers.
I did feel that the boot needed a better foot bed and I needed a lift in the heel to bring my stance forward more like a traditional boot. The Apex lets you stand a bit upright. I added a heel lift between the inner and outer boot and replaced my foot bed with a performance inner sole from SOLE.
Bingo what a difference. Better faster response and quick initiation rolling into the turns. In bumps it helped a lot.
A week later I took them out to Snowbird and Alta. I skied for 5 days and just love the boot. It stays warm and dry unlike what I had read about them on line.
When we did have a really cold day I just put a toe warmer in the top of the inner shell above my toes. I hardly new they were there and my toes were toasty.
Slipping out of the shell at lunch time and walking in to the lodge without the clunky shell was fantastic. Many people asked where I had gotten them, including instructors who spend many days a year in moderately comfortable boots.
After skiing I left the shell in the locker and walked to my hotel room in the boot.They are so light and easy to walk in. The inner boot comes out easily and dries quickly overnight. There are so many adjustments to the shell you can accommodate for collapsed feet, knock knees, Bow legs etc with ease.
It's to be seen how durable the wire Boa system and fabrics are and whether they will hold up over time, but I am sure it is easy to get replacement parts. So far I love them and it's the first time in many years that I can say I am truly comfortable in a ski boot.
I met one other guy on the mountain at Snowbird with the same pair and he was also very happy.
If any one has any other questions don't hesitate to ask.
If I had one wish on a future model I would say add another strap and buckle over the bridge of the foot closer to the knuckle of your toes. That would give a snugger feel to the front more like a traditional boot BUT MAYBE THE POINT IS YOU DONT REALLY NEED IT AS THEY SKI FINE AS THEY ARE!
Thank you Apex!