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Boot Make: Tecnica
Boot Model: XT-17 Race (TNT Icon Race XTS)
Boot Size: 28
Snow Conditions Used In: Groomed-firm to soft, slush, spring crud
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 29
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 120
Previous Boots: Icon DPXR, TNT XR
Your Height/Weight: 6' 170#
Comments:

Foot size: U.S. 11.5 left, 11.0 right, B width.

Used 1 day at Mammoth in spring conditions.

These boots fit! Tight all around, especially in the heel pocket. No pain or pressure points - fit right out of the box. Smoother flex than the XR (room temperature)

Looking in the shells, the low volume of the XT is obvious compared to the Icon DPXR. Someone has been using too wide a boot for too long.

Also tried last year was the Nordica Dobermann WC (similar fit to the XT but pinched over the instep), the Head WC and FR9.5 with the N97 last (pain over instep, sides of heel and ankles), and the Lange LF 130 (similar fit to the Head, with pain forward of heels). It would appear I have a Tecnica foot.

First run: Sensed much more control and precision in these boots, but something is different. It turns out that the XT has about 1.5 degrees less ramp angle than the other Icon's, and I was having trouble getting forward. By mid day I was getting used to the difference and am confident that these boots will improve my skiing. Next season I plan to get custom footbeds, probably conformables, soften the flex some, and experiment with the ramp angle.

As an aside, the ramp angle issue is very interesting. I have had boot/ski/binding combinations with way too much ramp angle resulting in unstable skiing (Icons, Dynastar Intuitiv 71, Look P12 lifter) and now may have too little ramp angle (XT's, Head XRC, Tyrolia rail flex) See below for links to more ramp angle information.

The boots come with size 10 and 10.5 footbeds. The cuff can be aligned in one of two positions. The buckles have micro-adjusters, and that's it for features. The liner is thin and much easier to remove than the XR. The boots pinch when taken off, but being careful to open the cuff with the fingers will prevent this.

I recommend the following sites for more discussion on ramp angle:

http://www.snowind.com/pages/ramp.htm
http://www.psia.org/psia_2002/educat...l99ramping.asp
http://www.skiersjournal.com/article.php?sid=910