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ski boot question regarding boots for the terrain park

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

First of all, I do not ski in the terrain parks. But my question is in regards to a boot designed for them. Currently, I own a pair of Atomic Live Fit 90's. I've been pretty happy with them and really love how they fit my foot, but I think I could use something with a bit more stiffness. I think a bit more stiffness will help give more immediate edge pressure. So, I figured the Live Fit 100 would be a good boot to find, only to discover they are nearly impossible to find. I'm guessing the Live Fit 130 will be too stiff.

 

After calling one of my local ski shops, they said no Live Fit 100's, but they did have a pair of Atomic Overload 100. She said they are similar (the Overload's also have the same rubber sides for wider feet), but they are geared for terrain park skiing. Any thoughts on using this Overload boot for "regular skiing?" Maybe there is an Atomic employee reading these forums :)

 

Here is the Overload boot:

http://www.skis.com/Atomic-Overload-100-Ski-Boots-2014/321076P,default,pd.html

 

Here is the Live Fit 100:

http://www.skis.com/Atomic-Live-Fit-100-Ski-Boots-2014/347478P,default,pd.html

 

My guess is this is not going to be a good choice for non-park skiing. Plus, I'm curious how big of a difference the 90 to the 100 flex.

post #2 of 10
They'll be fine for general skiing. I doubt you'll notice a big difference in stiffness from your current boot, but if you increase the flex to 110 I think you probably will. And unless you're pretty light, 90 flex is a pretty soft boot. I'm not an Atomic employee but we sell Atomic boots.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, and no I'm on the opposite side of light smile.gif
post #4 of 10

How much do you weigh and how tall are you?

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 


6' and 240. When I was in the store last year, these were on closeout and I tried them on for the fun of it figuring they'd be too soft flexing. But they didn't feel like 90's. Maybe I convinced myself of this because they were so dang comfortable. After years of painful ski boots, I said screw it, I'm buying these and skiing them at least for awhile. And they really have been quite nice. Oddly, they remind me of the last ski boots that I had really liked, my old RaichleFlexon Comps. That was 20 years ago, so, this maybe be faulty memories. But, I always thought they had a fairly easy flex for a top-end boot.

 

Now that I'm 48 years old, I just don't ski as hard as I used to. So, I'm leaning towards sticking with the Live Fits, but just a little stiffer version. One thing that sounds a bit appealing with the Overload model is the extra cushioning in the heel. I have on-and-off plantar fasciitis. For the fun of it, I'm going over to REI tomorrow evening and try on those Apex boots. But, I don't see myself dropping $995 for boots.

post #6 of 10
If you came into the shop where I work either the owner or I would first bring out the Live Fit 130. At your size that's really the only boot that makes sense and it wouldn't be too much boot. The Live Fit 90 is way too soft for you and I think the Overload 100 would also be too soft. A boot that is too soft is every bit as bad as one that is too stiff.
post #7 of 10
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6' and 240. When I was in the store last year, these were on closeout and I tried them on for the fun of it figuring they'd be too soft flexing. But they didn't feel like 90's. Maybe I convinced myself of this because they were so dang comfortable. After years of painful ski boots, I said screw it, I'm buying these and skiing them at least for awhile. And they really have been quite nice. Oddly, they remind me of the last ski boots that I had really liked, my old RaichleFlexon Comps. That was 20 years ago, so, this maybe be faulty memories. But, I always thought they had a fairly easy flex for a top-end boot.

 

Now that I'm 48 years old, I just don't ski as hard as I used to. So, I'm leaning towards sticking with the Live Fits, but just a little stiffer version. One thing that sounds a bit appealing with the Overload model is the extra cushioning in the heel. I have on-and-off plantar fasciitis. For the fun of it, I'm going over to REI tomorrow evening and try on those Apex boots. But, I don't see myself dropping $995 for boots.

That is where you need to stop. REI and comptetent boot fitting are not synonymous.

post #8 of 10

The overlord has soft material on only side of the boot.  I think the 90 is too , the 130 isnt really a 130. If you like the fit find a livefit 130, what size are you looking for?

post #9 of 10

Park boots will work fine for recreational skiing. The big differences are typically that the buckle locations are modified to help protect them from rails and a lot of times have additional padding in the shin and toe box for when you land back seat.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Well, went to REI to check out the Apex boots, pretty cool and quite comfortable. However, just can't see myself dropping that kind of coin on boots right now. However, I totally understand people with troubling feet that buy them. I could see myself considering these down the road.

 

After my REI stop, I went to a real ski shop that had a pair of Live Fit 130's in my size, and that is what I walked out with tonight (they were on sale, which was a nice bonus). You were right, they are not that stiff. In fact they are not all that much stiffer than the 90's. However, in addition to adding a bit of stiffness, they have a smother even flexing motion. Anyways, thanks for the tips.

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