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Are "racing" boots suitable for powder?

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First: what a fantastic website with a wealth of information, so deep thanks to those who contribute.

 

In a nutshell: upper intermediate/ lower advanced skier, 30 to 40 days a year, 39 years old, 5'9" 170lbs, athletic. Love going fast and carving the groomers in the morning, playing around in the bumps in the afternoon, but have fallen in love with the blissful, lift accessed powder here in Japan.

 

The issue: I've been skiing in Head Raptor 115 Supershape. They've been modified to fit my high instep, but are otherwise comfortable. I'd been thinking about getting Intuition liners for them, but now wonder if I would be better served getting different boots entirely considering I'm spending more and more time in waist deep powder.

 

Question:

 

1) Are Head Raptor boots "wrong" for powder? Or does a tight, comfortable fit trump what a boot is designed for?

 

2) Would I enjoy my time better with a softer boot meant for powder?

 

I wouldn't be doing much hiking or walking at all. Just get off the lift, traverse a wee bit, then face shots down the mountain.

post #2 of 4

I wrote an article earlier this year for Ski Canada that is also on the store website www.lous.ca.  I think it will answer your questions.  

 

However, in general a race boot is a narrow boot because a closer fit gives better response and more control.  If you want that in all your skiing, I do, then wear you "race" boot for everything.

 

Lou

post #3 of 4

Sorry article is Called "The Right Fit"

 

Lou

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Thanks for the reply.
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