Originally Posted by race
First let me say thank you for the great job you are doing here
Male skier with a narrow foot. My current boot is the Tecnica Icon Race XT. I have a couple of questions about race boots.
1.Could you compare the XT to the Atomic Race Tech, Lange RL1, Nordica Dobermann and Salomon X2? What i would like you to tell me is if the XT is at the same level as the other boots. From what i saw on TV, it is still used on the World Cup (Mitja Dragsic of Slovenia placed 8th in the SL at the World Championships and it was the best place for Tecnica in the men's SL although that boot had a bolt in the back to stiffen flex)and you placed it among the other boots mentioned in one of your replies in this thread
2.For free skiing do you think that there is a big difference between these boots? Does one boot have a significant advantage over the others? (my guess is that it should be the fit the most aspect and only at the most highest levels of racing it should be worth considering other aspects.
3. Could you compare the XT to the Race Pro? I am basically interested in two things: how the new boot skis (it's infact a comparison between a consumer model and a plug and i know it's not fair but i just want to know. I can't imagine a consumer boot skiing better than a plug) and also in the stance of the new boot(flatter ramp angle and more forward lean). The XT has a good amount of forward lean and i am interested to know if the new boot has more or less forward lean.
Thanks a lot.
Good questions- you are definitely paying attention. Here are some of my OPINIONS on the subject. (Just trying to avoid offending anyone here.)
1. First of all, anytime a manufacture changes a product, some of the racers are invariably going to prefer the older mode. With Tecnica, the XT is lower volume, especially over the instep. The Diablo race has a better flex pattern, is warmer and more comfortable, has slightly more forward lean (which is quite a bit) and fits higher volume feet better. Both are good boots, but the XT is usually better for narrower feet. It just depends on what you need. As far as the other boots go... Here are my OPINIONS.
Atomic Race Tech- fairly similar setup to XT, but better hold, flex and even comfort. Not for everyone, but probably the best skiing race boot on the planet. Again, in my opinion...
Lange Plug Whatever- do you mean the old one or the new one. The old one is a great race/ freeskiing boot. It is not as low volume as the newer boots. Forefoot shape does not seem to match human feet very well. It skis well, but does not provide the hold that the newer boots do. The new boot fixes these issues, but does have a high instep. The Rossi Plugs should be the same... In my opinion, these boots seem to crack more than the other plug boots...
Nordica Dobermann- Great boot, more upright than the others, fairly high instep.
Salomon X2- Good boot, but harder to fit. Usually sqeezes the toes withough providing exceptional hold in the heel. Make friends with a boot guy.
2. Between the XT and Diablo, the Diablo is a bit better of a freeskiing boot. You might consider the 2006 Dolomite Z-pro or Z-130, which is quite similar to the XT but more friendly for freeskiing.
3. I thought I was comparing the XT to the Race Pro... Anyway, I think this have been questioned.