Originally Posted by piatpif
i did so
thx for a tip sywsyw
Okay, since Jeff answered the questions on his thread 2-3 days ago, i don't think he would answer the new ones for at least another week.
I will give you my opinion.
first let me say that own a pair of Icon Alu Comps (one step above the Alu) and i tried the Diablo Fire, so i do not how how it skis but i can tell you this. IMO, the Diablo has a better flex pattern than the Alu Comp. I modified the Comp for flex but i am stil not satisfied with the results.
In terms of fit, i think that the Icon is not tight enough in the heel (Jeff said the same thing about the Icon). On the other hand, the Diablo Fire seemed tighter in the heel (the boot was new). So i do not know if the Fire is tighter in the heel than the Icon but i can tell you that the Fire is a "V" shaped boot (narrower heel and very wide forefoot). The last of the Icon is different from the Diablo. The Icon is narrower in the forefoot than the Diablo. I was swimming in the Fire (and the boot was new and i was in the correct size). So i would say that the Diablo has a narrower heel while the Icon has a narrower forefoot. Which is best depends on your foot shape. Both boots have thick liners.
I would pay some attention to the performance angles of these boots. The Icon has more ramp and less forward lean than the Diablo. The DIablo has a flatter ramp angle and more forward lean. which is best depends on the skier in question.
With regards to sizing, IMO the Diablo runs big. My advice is to downsize. I went one size down when i tried the Diablo compared to the Icon.
All in all, i could not say the DIablo is a better boot b/c i have not skied it (i would have to go three sizes down do get a decent fit in the forefoot).
You did not say anything about your ability level, but i found the Alu Comp to be a good boot for an intermediate skier looking to improve. It could work well for an advanced too, but i would not recommend it if the skier has passed a certain level. Even if Tecnica claimed it was the second boot in their top line, IMO the boot cannot stand up to the requirements of expert skiers. It is not quick enough. While the lateral quickness is good, it works if you do not ski too aggressively. So, as long as you do not ski very aggressively, the boot performs well.
Hope this helps,