|Originally posted by Doid23:
As part of what has become my neverending boot quest, I tried on some 2001 Tecnica Icon X's the local shop had deeply discounted for $250. I liked the fit (at least if they pack out like my old Tecnica's I will),and for that price they are now on the top of my list.
Question: How does the flex compare to the 2003 Icon Alu (not comp)? It says on the Tecnica website that they are a 80 (Tecnica Index) and the Alu's are an 85. Is that much of a difference? How do the Icon X/ Alu's compare in stiffness to the Nordica Beasts, Salomon X Wave 9.0/ 10.0's?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I ski the exact model you are thinking about, the 2001 Icon X, and in 2 seasons my only complaint is that it is really beginning to pack out more than expected, and this season I've found myself having to use the buckle micro-adjustments to tweak the fit. This is after about 50 days of skiing on it.
I think I just got the fit right in the past week and it's by far the best fitting boot I've ever worn (ie. no hot spots and strong and tight when it needs to be).
The flex index is an 80 and it was one of the selling points for me (boots that are too stiff don't allow you to hit the front of the boot on the proper angle unless you have thighs like a bodybuilder). The 80 flex seems just about right, not too stiff and not soft at all. And if you want to increase it to 85 or 90, they give you inserts that you can add to stiffen it up.
* I ski with thin socks
* I also got custom footbeds (SuperFeet) put in last season
* my shoe size is an 11.5 and the Icon X I ski with is 9.5, to give you some sense of sizing
That said, I did check out the '04's and was impressed with the new entry features, but doubt that they are worth the price of 2 pairs of '01 boots (given the discount you are getting on the 2001 model). The main body of the boot (the EndoFrame) is exactly the same and at the end of the day, that's all that matters. Hope this helps