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New Soft boots?

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Has anyone tried the new soft boots or know anything about them. One comment I heard was they were for people who don't hit it hard anymore. Another was they aren't for serious skiers.

Would an aggressive skier be taking a step backwards by buying boots like these? It seems the more expert you become the stiffer the boots you want. Are these boots just softer on the inside or are they more flexible all around?
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I've got the Kniessl Rail softboots, love 'em, but I don't use them for actual skiing, only skiboarding, because I don't use fullsize skis anymore. However, they're extremely nice, and I've had no problems with 'em
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The new Rossignol Soft boots are performance boots meant for advanced skiers. That said, they are not meant for Mach 1 racers or true experts (they wouldn't change from their favorites anyway). They have a super rigid outershell that locks your heel into place and gives you terrific lateral support but the front of the boot (where the buckles overlap) is comprised of leather and foam which is extremely comfortable but is also quite flexible. Initial impressions of the boots when trying them on in the shop is that they are wayyyyyyy too soft but this is OK since this is truly the first boot to be "designed" to work with today's shaped skis. It is a ground-up design that takes into consideration how today's skis perform and manuever. Gone are the days when you had to drive the tips of your skies to initiate a carve by applying pressure to the front of your boots. With today's skis, you simply need to rotate your ankles (I am simplifying here) to set the ski on edge and have the shovel of the ski initiate the carve. You no longer need to drive your ski boots forward and therefor no longer need a stiff boot with regards to forward flex! You do however need stiff lateral support in you boot and these boots are about as stiff as they get (laterally speaking), which accounts for their heavier weight by the way.

Bottom Line: If you spend a lot of days on your skies per season and want a performance boot that happens to be comfortable, give these boots a try. Bare in mind that you should still see a professional boot fitter to ensure that these boots are best suited to the shape and width of your foot.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 04, 2002 09:42 AM: Message edited 2 times, by volkl1 ]</font>
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As an adjunct to Volkl 1, other boot makers will have their versions of the "soft boot" out for next season, and by 2003-04 there will be many to choose from. Right now it seems Rossi has the best product.

This will be the hottest growing segment in the ski boot market, because they are suppose to offer comfort, easy entry and exit, and excellent lateral performance, whcih you need for today's skis. The compromise so far, as Volkl 1 has said, is the front stiffness of the boot. This means trying to load the ski by using forward downward pressure by exerting force on the tongue of the boot won't be as effective.
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