Originally Posted by RotoFury
Those are the most stylish boots out there. I could explain why (IMO) they are so cool, but that would put me high on a soapbox ranting about the difference between fashion and style. And well, that's not a very flattering rant (as if any rant is flattering) for a guy to engage in. So rather than go in that direction with this post, I'll simply say this:
My biggest pet peeve with any "enthusiast" community is the ignorant (note" I don't mean "ignorant" as an insult, but rather to mean "lack of knowledge") supposition that only dilettants worry about how a product looks. I have said it before, and it bears repeating: if product design didn't matter, companies wouldn't spend so much money on it. It DOES matter. Sure nobody should buy the wrong equipment because the gear looks cool, but when deciding between two similar products, factors like brand loyalty and design appeal typically arise. To think otherwise is, well, naive.
That all being said, if I upgrade boots off-season, I will check out the Dalbello Kryptons (Flexons) first. Not because they are the coolest looking -- they aren't anywhere near as cheek-chic as these Atomics -- but because they have been so positively received.
Awesome points, Roto, and very well put ... often the people who claim to have no interest in fashion/design, are clearly, if unconsciously, taking part in fashion big time, too. Defenders of Hummers ("It's really practical for my commute in New Jersey") are typical of this. For more on fashion, see: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=22720. Of course, there are no fashion victims here on Epic...