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Morning Boot aficionados!

 

I've been sitting here in my office, stewing over the coming ski season, considering this years upgrades, replacements, etc.  One of the things that I'm curious about is a new pair of boot to replace my aging Head Raptor 120's (2008 I think models).

 

Replaced the liners last year (to Zipfit Gara's), and just never was happy in the end.  While the boots generally fit well after 8 or so seasons, they're getting tired.  I've been seeing all of the new gear coming out and started to daydream.  While I love how responsive my Raptors have been, I feel lately that I'd be willing to sacrifice for a bit more "comfort".  I absolutely LOATHE taking my raptors off at the end of the day, so would really be curious about a 3 piece shell/easy entry boots.

 

I'm primarily curious about the Head Hammer line.  Anybody know how they compare to the Raptor lineup?

 

Knowing that fit is more important than name, product line etc, where I'm really at is, "huh.... those look promising.... wonder how they'll fit?"

 

Anybody in the Calgary/Canmore/Banff area going to be carrying them this fall where they may be gawked at in person?

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Morning Boot aficionados!

 

I've been sitting here in my office, stewing over the coming ski season, considering this years upgrades, replacements, etc.  One of the things that I'm curious about is a new pair of boot to replace my aging Head Raptor 120's (2008 I think models).

 

Replaced the liners last year (to Zipfit Gara's), and just never was happy in the end.  While the boots generally fit well after 8 or so seasons, they're getting tired.  I've been seeing all of the new gear coming out and started to daydream.  While I love how responsive my Raptors have been, I feel lately that I'd be willing to sacrifice for a bit more "comfort".  I absolutely LOATHE taking my raptors off at the end of the day, so would really be curious about a 3 piece shell/easy entry boots.

 

I'm primarily curious about the Head Hammer line.  Anybody know how they compare to the Raptor lineup?

 

Knowing that fit is more important than name, product line etc, where I'm really at is, "huh.... those look promising.... wonder how they'll fit?"

 

Anybody in the Calgary/Canmore/Banff area going to be carrying them this fall where they may be gawked at in person?

http://www.bootfitters.com/reviews/head-hammer-130

 

check out the review above---not sure who carries them in your area.

 

mike

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Thanks Mike - haha - it's funny 'cause I was JUST reading the article you linked to about 10 minutes before my original post and it's what got me thinking further about that boot this morning.

 

Great minds think alike I guess?

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Something odd that just popped up (and of no "real" consequence, just a random observation)...

 

I've just noticed that the following page (SkiNet/Ski Magazine:  http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/head-hammer-130-2016) , has the same review, word for word, as the bootfitters.com article...

 

Seems like somebody's ripping off somebody here.... 

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Originally Posted by BrendonR View Post
 

Something odd that just popped up (and of no "real" consequence, just a random observation)...

 

I've just noticed that the following page (SkiNet/Ski Magazine:  http://www.skinet.com/ski/gear/head-hammer-130-2016) , has the same review, word for word, as the bootfitters.com article...

 

Seems like somebody's ripping off somebody here.... 

No rip off---the folks at Americas Best bootfitters (ABB) (www.bootfitters.com), do the boot test for Ski and Sking Magazine.

 

mike

post #6 of 7
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Ahh - this makes more sense... Thanks for the info Mike.

post #7 of 7

Lou in calgary carries the Dalbello brand.   I"m in banff and have limited fulltilt.   

 

The 3 prt boots are not better, or worse, but just ski different.    (and MUCH easier to get on/off)     Its a softer flex at the start, but ramps up more at the end.   a 2 prt boot is about the same all the way thru.    

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