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Garmont Adrenalin AT Boot

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have had my eyes on these for a while and did the unthinkable. I bought a pair on Ebay. A true moment of weakness, brought about by a month of hiking in alpine boots. Surely I won't win a minimum bid of $375 on a pair of boots that are selling for $500-600.

Well, I bought them 1/2 Mondo size smaller than the alpine boots. They come with a G-Fit 2 liner. I am looking for any feedback on fitting and anyone's experience with this boot. Any comments or tips?

(BTW no need to drag out the you can't buy a boot online comment, its too late.)

This just in, the seller turns out to be Dave Macmillan , a custom boot fitter at Telluride, CO. Called him up and made a fitting appointment during our trip in July which was scheduled pass within 70 miles. So much for fit concerns! Anyone ever worked with Dave?
post #2 of 17
Eric Deslauriers skis in these boots (we were with him on Shasta this past weekend) and thinks they are great.
post #3 of 17
The most interesting AT boot to me. I might get these when I need new hard boots for snowboarding. If you have performance fit alpine boots and these are 1/2 size smaller, you may have problems. Before you mold the liner to your foot, try to determine if it would be better to buy liner one half or one full size bigger and sell the liners you now own. A liner one size bigger should fit in that shell.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by telerod15
The most interesting AT boot to me. I might get these when I need new hard boots for snowboarding. If you have performance fit alpine boots and these are 1/2 size smaller, you may have problems. Before you mold the liner to your foot, try to determine if it would be better to buy liner one half or one full size bigger and sell the liners you now own. A liner one size bigger should fit in that shell.
Believe it or not, I bought my last boots at 29.5 (Solomon X-Wave), but the fit was wrong (shin bang and excess forefoot room). So I took the liner from the Xwaves and put them in an older 28.5 Technica TNT 8 shell (that with the stock liner made my toenails turn blue :. That worked, but looks and sounds wierd. 29 in just about any boot should be right, but its all about volume and where it is or isn't. I have a wide forefoot and narrower heel and fairly high instep, but always got away without boot fitting. Well, not really, I suffered through whatever I got.

The plus with this is if I have a problem, at least I'm buying from a reputable boot fitter. I won't do anything to them unless I know they can be made to fit.
post #5 of 17
Doesn't sound wierd to me. I have my old Scarpa liners in a clicker "soft boot", and they never fit so good! Before switching, the Scarpas were too big, (Deluxe) clicker boots too small.

My boots (Garmont Squadras) are 28.5 shells, 29.5 liners. Sound familiar?

Great that you bought from someone who will work with you! Buying boots online is sketchy, but most of us don't see boots like that on the shelves of our local shops. When I get my Adrenalines, there won't be any trying on. They aren't available in my part of the country. I will mail order.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well Rodney, all I can say is I'm glad I saw it first!
post #7 of 17
I'm glad you did too! My Burton hard boots still have a few years left in them, not used much. I might be in the market for AT boots around the time you are looking to unload yours!
post #8 of 17

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...Sounds like we got the same type of foot Cirquerider! I tried a "last remaining" pair(which was one size too large) and the instep volume was a little too snug, however that's what a size too large feels like on me over the instep...when the correct shell is a good fit...(ala old XScreams...)...Soooo, you're not the only one looking forward to trying em' on...along with the Denali TTs. Best of Luck...

Steve
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

More Adrenalin

Dave is selling another pair of Garmont Adrenalin Size 28 on Ebay. This was an unbelievable deal for me. If you can use them, why not save a couple or three hundred bucks. These are priced even lower! At this price they are worth buying to resell in-season.

The new boots arrived and first impression out of the box..These are light! They had a good snug fit with adequate toe box for me and have not been heat formed yet. The boot cuff was over-canted, but its an easy adjustment. The boots seem to have very good lateral support and a relatively stiff but progressive forward flex. The transition to walk mode is very easy, and with the rockered vibram sole, allow a surprisingly natural gait. Locking back into alpine mode, the boot has two different forward flexes allowing a more relaxed upright position, or traditional race alpine position. The plan is to get these out in the BC this week and see what happens on snow, and what fit adjustments are neeeded.
post #10 of 17

Adrenalins........

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider
.....The new boots arrived and first impression out of the box..These are light! ........... The plan is to get these out in the BC this week and see what happens on snow, and what fit adjustments are neeeded.
...You BC guys and all your snow...
I really can't wait to try my Correct sized shell on!... From my previous too-forward-leaning-boots-from-hell to my ~6yo footbeds, my feet have felt like they're taking a cruise on a PNW Alaskan king crab boat...:
post #11 of 17
I just got a pair to replace my 6-7-8 yo Lange X8

I have never had comfort like this in the shop and I went from a 313 mm shell to a 304mm (? I think) shell <actually 306mm>
Both my boots properly fitted performance

They are , I think just a better fit for my feet.

On a side note a lot of the Patrollers are supposed to be wearing these this year in Aust. with the changable sole there is not problem with work insurance (workcare) and the ISO - binding stuff
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
The new shell on these is 227, down from 235. Its a snug fit all around but only tight on the inside ankle prior to heating. No heel slip.. or blisters. The snow has really taken a hit this week. There is a lot of snow mold and brown dust. Bare spots are beginning to define the snow fields. We may be getting close to the end as I don't want to use the Mantras on rock. I'm not ready to do a Bob Peters classic: (From Is Anyone Done for the year Hope Bob is OK with the re-post)

post #13 of 17
Well I have skiied two days on the Adrenalines now,
Thoughts:
These are quite a bit softer than my old Lange X8s
must be half kilo lighter however
I think that if you are looking for ultimate control you are going to be disappointed
In the Crud I find the softness means more correction same in bumps = harder work
Ice no problems good lateral stability and edge control

In summary
Amazing comfort, I can leave these boots on all day
For working in the snow these boots are great

To rip around the mountain put your chunky heavy nasty boots back on

;-)
post #14 of 17

Garmont Adrenalin try-on Over Weekend...

Tried on some Garmont Adrenalins Saturday...
It was interesting, my feet(namely, my rather constant slope from the instep peak to toe-joints) are too tight for the Adrenalins in my alpine-size (25(.5) shell)..couldn't even get em' on...EDIT: I say this, but fact is..I didn't try that hard...with a stiff, un-cooked liner. Have a good local boot(shell) guy...gonna take another look at both 25.5 and 26.0 if found...

Still trying on boots.... Steve
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Good luck finding the boot! Its unchanged this year but the cost is right back up there in the mid $600s. Makes me appreciate that deal earlier this year. I did the fitting finally at the Backcountry Store in Truckee (never made it to Dave McMillens in Telluride). The shell fit was perfect. Tried on a half size smaller and it was a definite no-go.

I skied these only two times in June. Before heat fitting, the fit was good laterally with a relatively soft fore/aft flex. It was overall a forgiving flex, not a race fit, but I got a good edge and was comfortable with all turn shapes. My snow conditions were suncupped corn/hard snow, temps in the 50s and 60s; so not the greatest test conditions. Looking forward to some powder turns soon. If simonwoof is still around, I am curious what skis you used with these.
post #16 of 17
what is the shell size on the 25.0? I really need a 24 & thry are yer to produce in this boot model!
thanks
post #17 of 17
I have a 15 percent off coupon that I may use to buy these boots. But I want to compare the fit to the scarpa denali tt which I've heard has a higher cuff and stiffer flex.
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