|Originally posted by Need BB:
I am currently skiing in a Tecnica rival x7 and want to upgrade to a stiffer boot. I know that the rival and icon series have different fits but are they that different? Is the XT still a wider boot?
I know that I should go to a shop, but I do not have $500 to spend.
I've skied Technica boots for quite a few years - Icons, Explosions, etc, - and this year I purchased the Icon XT 17.
It is a no-frills, bare-bones racing boot. I love
the way they ski, but don't think about them for even a moment if you're looking for the same comfortable width found in the Icon or Rivals. They are built on a narrow, low volume last - mine are now a little wider thanks to some judicious grinding and a good punch-job. Buy your boots from where ever you like, just don't do it without trying them on first.