Originally Posted by D(C)
Over the summer, I acquired some Rossi plugs, similar in intent to the Dobermann 150s. I just got back from skiing on them on some bumpy, choppy, skied out terrain. It felt like driving a car with no suspension. Although responsiveness was incredible, I wanted to cry at the bottom of every run. Nobody should have to suffer that pain unless they are trying to go fast in a race course or want them solely for 8:30 am use.
As well, I'm not sure whether the Nordicas are like this too (maybe someone can say...) but the Rossis have a very aggressive forward lean angle, making it seemingly impossible to relax. My skis seemed to be constantly engaged once set on edge, making maneuvering around bumps and hordes of people more difficult. If you want to relax a bit, this is a bad thing. For just chilling, I seemed to have an easier time on my old Rossi 9.1 Pros.
Just an update on this topic...
After that one day of torture in November, I decided to go back to my 9.1 Pros, which fit like a glove. Mid-January, I decided to give the plug boots (which are R2003s in the end) another chance.
No grinding has been done to these plug boots, which are a shell size smaller than my 9.1 Pros. My shop suggested that I could make more room in the plugs by removing the vinyl pad from the bottom of the sole of the liner. These boots now fit perfectly are perfect for all-day use in any conditions. They are ZC/ZC flex but actually flex much better than my 9.1 Pros, much more progressive. I have the rivets out too, which helps a bit. The only problem I have is that, in rougher, bumpier conditions, I get some bruising at the back of my heel when I flex forward, probaby due to the thin liner, which is also quite worn out. This problem becomes worse when it's warm out and the boots flex more. The heel fit has never been 100% on and I suspect some grinding would help me a bit.
However, a plug boot that fits comfortably could easily be used as a boot for all conditions. Just make sure you work on it until there's no more pain, because you will only be more miserable when it's bumpy.