Greetings from Europe.
After many years with my current Salomon downhill boots I went for a fitting with a very good boot fitter in Europe. After reviewing my requirements (advanced, athletic, aggressive skier who likes mostly lift served downhill off piste, who likes a walk mode for hiking) the fitter suggested Atomic Tracker Pro 130s (pre 2011 version as they are narrow) in ski mondo size 29-29.5. They did not have any in stock, so she suggested me sourcing a pair elsewhere & trying them out.
Its now 2 years later & I have failed to source a set of new Atomic tracker pro 130 (pre 2011 versions) for sale. I have sourced a few pairs of the 2013 Atomic Tracker Pro 130s for sale in my ski mondo size. My queries are as follows:
1. Do the 2013 livefit panels make such a difference? (I have a 98mm last foot &apparently the livefits expand the fit to ~101mm)
2. Without a proper fitting, should I chance buying a pair on-line? (this goes against the grain for me as I value expertise)
3. Based on the above info, should I buy ski mondo 29.0 or 29.5? (The shell for both is the same apparently ,but assumedly the stock liner/padding must be different I guess) (also my current Salomon Evolution 7.0s which fit me like a glove are size 29.0)
4. If I do purchase on-line do you think that I should I go back to my boot fitter and get them to custom fit them for me?
Thanks in advance for all replies,
p.s. Background info below (in chronological order )
----- Original Message -----Thanks for your reply. Last query I promise, a friend suggested that the Lange 130 XT LV boot as it has a 97mm last, may suit me & my requirements.Would ye recommend these?
.I do remember your visit and our chat about the Atomic Tracker.The reason that the expansion panel on the newer boot would not be suitable for you is that the boot will not hold you as well as you have a narrow foot. The older one would be better suited.At present we do have a Cochise Pro size 29 in stock.Your question about the 29 Tracker for sale: 29 and 29.5 are the same shell so don't worry about that.Subject: RE:Ski Boot Replacement OptionsI already had an old set of downhill boots with walk mode that I was thinking of replacing with all mountain boots perhaps (see below for my orignal ideas). You measured me and discovered that I have long & narrow feet. We came to the conclusion that my requirements were for a downhill boot with walk mode that I could do a bit of side country and hiking with, you recommended seeking a pair Atomic Tracker 130 Pro boots in ski mondo 29-29.5, that ye did not stock unfortunately. Ye mentioned getting the 2010/11 model as they did not have the expansion panel on the side which I do not need apparently
Of any of the boots in the shop you said the technica cochise pro 130 was the closest boot to my requirements as I have a narrow foot.
I have now sourced a pair of 2012 Atomic 130 Pro boots in ski mondo 29.5 on ebay. i was wondering would these be ok for me even though they have the side panels that ye said I would not need (i.e. would these make much of a difference).Initial Requirement:I am a reasonably advanced expert skier (I ski 3-4 times per year for 20+ years) who spends 60-70% time off piste. I do some hiking and have skiined a bit but I mostly do lift downhill served pitches (say ~80% of the time). I am 44, 183cm and 90kgs and reasonably fit with slightly flat feet (ski mondo 29.5). I am seriously considering 1 of these boots (fit&cost dependent):
1. Dynafit titans
2. Fischer 130 vacuums
3. BD factor 130
I take a mondo size 29.0 in my current boots which are a 10 year old pair of Salomon evolution 7s with custom footbeds which I love actually, but which like myself are showing a few signs of wear and tear.