I received great advice here on some recent threads, and I think I settled on a new boot that fits me well and is a nice creature overall. But I just noticed something that was new to me and I can't really find good information on.
My new boots are the 2015 Salmon Ghost 130. Great things, and the 2 buckle system works really well (which I didn't expect). They have the rubber walky soles, but they also have something I have never seen before: the entire tow and heel area of the boot (not just the sole lining) is removable and attached with screws. See the picture:
An image google can show a lot more angles. See the line of separation right at the toe - the whole thing comes off.
When putting them on and bearing hard on them, I can feel, if I put my finger in that area, a tiny amount of movement. Isn't this a big performance penalty? I was excited about having boots that are stiffer and likely to give me more immediate movement transfer, but doesn't this construction go directly against that?
I assume this is so different types of soles can be attached. What is everyone's experience skiing these on piste? I do all my skiing on trail (East Coast mid-Atlantic is home), although when I venture out to "real" mountains (CO typically) I will play in bowls and trees and whatnot if available. So what I want mostly is a good responsive boot to let me do nice turns on groomed terrain (I did want the rubber sole for the brief walking around one normally does).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.