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Time for new boots, but what boots!? :O

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I've been riding a pair of black diamond methods for the last 3.5 seasons, averaging 50 days a season.  So it's probably about time for a new pair of boots? I thought about a new liner but a replacement would be hard to track down since the boot has been replaced by the newer Factor model.

 

I'm a level 1 CSIA instructor so I'm limiting myself to pro deals, so likely K2, Rossingol or Nordica.  I consider myself an advanced skier, certainly not an expert and I ski all mountain, about half piste, half off piste.  My skis are BBR 8.9's

 

The boots I'm considering are

 

Rossingol Alltrack Pro 100 or 110

Nordica NRGY Pro 3

K2 Spyne 110

 

Any comments, suggestions or advice on those boots? Something that'd be best for ease of turning/pivoting on steeps, moguls and trees would be ideal.    

post #2 of 12

Throw some intuitions in there, if you like the shell.    175 days is not really a whole lot.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

That's also an idea, cheaper as well.  If I go that route I see they don't have half sizes... I'm a size 8.5 foot and my boot is 26.5, would I want a size 8 liner or a size 9 liner then?

 

Edit: I actually did find the liner of my old boot.

 

So I can get a new boot from the 3 listed above,

 

Or purchase the original liner: http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/ski-boots/power-fit-ski-boot-liners-men-s-BD120301_cfg.html#start=1

 

Or purchase an Intuition pro tongue liner: https://intuitionliners.com/the-liners/pro-tongue/

 

Choices, choices 


Edited by Kulharin - 11/24/14 at 9:41am
post #4 of 12
Don't you have a great boot fitter near mountian you work at ? Go see them, they will tell you which boot you should be in.

There's a long process to fitting the right boot. I believe its listed here somewhere.
post #5 of 12

Go with the OEM replacement liner because it will be the one that will most likely offer the same fit and flex as your original fit.

 

Ski boots are built so the half size is created by varying the the thickness of the footbed. So the 26 and 26.5 have the same shell and liner, but the 26.5 has a thinner footbed.

post #6 of 12
An OEM liner will cost almost the same as an intuition. The question is whether or not intuition is a CSIA pro deal sponsor. Being that theyre based in Vancouver BC, you'd think so, but you never know. OP, give them a call and ask.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Nope, no pro deals for the liners, and about 40% off for the boots.  So all n all, I could get new liners for $200 or new boots for $350... The shell is still ok but it is starting to wear a little, along with the buckles.

 

I tried on the Rossingol Altrack Pro 100, felt pretty good n snug.

post #8 of 12
Do call them. Many manufactures will do a pro deal even if they're not listed as an organization sponsor.
post #9 of 12

My foolproof formula for getting the perfect boot as a professional:

 

1. Buy alcohol, Jack, Jose, or Jager most likely.

2. Toughest step here- do not drink said alcohol.

3. Walk into local boot shop, find oldest, gnarliest looking guy in there. 

4. Tell that guy the kind of skiing you do, hand him alcohol. 

5. Stay very, very quiet while old man and his gnomes examine your feet. 

6. Answer all questions. Say nothing else. 

7. Old man will put boots on your feet. Continue answering questions. 

8. When old man says "You're done", smile, put your money on the counter.

9. Slowly back out of the shop with the boots. 

 

And you now have the perfect boot. 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Heh!

 

Well at any rate I think I'll be spending the extra money on a new boot and maybe eventually get a new liner for the methods and just keep the tour blocks on the old boots.

 

I liked the Rossingol Alltrack Pro 100; I tried on some of the Nordica's and didn't like the feel as much as the Rossingol... The K2 Spyne 110 looks great but none of the dealers in town carry K2 boots so I wouldn't have a chance to try them on...

 

So I could order a Rossingol Alltrack Pro 100 or 110 in my size, which I'm pretty sure will be a good match for me... or I can role the dice and order a pair of K2 Spyne 110's... Both would be around $350

 

Also, anyone have any experience with K2 goggles? Are Smith goggles superior?

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

The K2 Spyne 110 looks great but none of the dealers in town carry K2 boots so I wouldn't have a chance to try them on...

 

... or I can role the dice and order a pair of K2 Spyne 110's...

 

I wouldn't typically recommend buying boots in the blind (nor "show-rooming" a dealer - so at least be cool and bring beers for the trouble as the folks in the shop are "pros" also), but to the extent it helps, the shell of the Spyne is based off the shell of the Lange RX series.  Not exactly the same, but pretty similar by design.  If the Lange RX is a total no-go, then you know that you would not want the K2.  OTOH, if the Lange is workable, then the K2 is a possibility.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

I ended up ordering a the Rossingol Alltrack Pro 100... After trying it on at the shop I liked the feel of the boot; I also learned that my boot size was a size smaller then I thought after having my feet measured.  I was in a 26.5, apparently my foot is better suited to a 25.5...

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