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Lightweight ski boots?

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I've been through about three pair of ski boots and I have found that I tend to ski alot better with lighter weight boots. Just for kicks I switched boots while I was on the slopes, skiing on an atomic B5 and the difference was huge. I went from a rossignol elite bandit 2 to my old lange x zero 9's. I skied the lange's a whole lot better, its was like I was on a different pair of skis. I know that the flex and fit of these boots are different, but I've had the langes modified to fit more like the bandits(wider in the forefoot). Since then I have gotten rid of the bandits and bought a pair of salomon x-wave 10 freeride boots(they have zipfits and booster strap), mainly because I wanted a little more of a comfort fit and they were advertised as being lightweight. I like these boots alot(my everyday boot), just for kicks I weighed both of them, the lange's(my backup boots) were still lighter.... not by much though 4 oz. Are there some brands of boots that tend to be lighter than others? I feel less fatigued at the end of the day and the response edge to edge seems a whole lot quicker.
post #2 of 16
intuition liners will make a boot lighter...

remove some buckles
post #3 of 16
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mntlion, I checked out the intuition website, they look cool. I'll probably order a pair for the lange's.

Thanks
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by mmalloy
I've been through about three pair of ski boots and I have found that I tend to ski alot better with lighter weight boots. Just for kicks I switched boots while I was on the slopes, skiing on an atomic B5 and the difference was huge. I went from a rossignol elite bandit 2 to my old lange x zero 9's. I skied the lange's a whole lot better, its was like I was on a different pair of skis. I know that the flex and fit of these boots are different, but I've had the langes modified to fit more like the bandits(wider in the forefoot). Since then I have gotten rid of the bandits and bought a pair of salomon x-wave 10 freeride boots(they have zipfits and booster strap), mainly because I wanted a little more of a comfort fit and they were advertised as being lightweight. I like these boots alot(my everyday boot), just for kicks I weighed both of them, the lange's(my backup boots) were still lighter.... not by much though 4 oz. Are there some brands of boots that tend to be lighter than others? I feel less fatigued at the end of the day and the response edge to edge seems a whole lot quicker.
I think you have a point with Rossignol. Jeff Bergeron mentioned the fact that the Rossi boots are heavy and are not tight at all.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Bergeron
it fit and skied fairly similarly to a Lange, albeit a heavier version of one.
AND
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Originally Posted by Jeff Bergeron
the current Rossignol is heavy and too roomy
IMO it's the perceived lightness that is important as opposed to actual weight. I have two boots: an all-mountain and a race boot. The latter feels lighter than the all-mountain boot. It fits incomparably better than the all-mountain boot.
post #5 of 16
Raichle Flexons. If you add a thermorflex liner you will get one of the lightest perfomance set up.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, I'll check out the Flexons.
post #7 of 16
Check out my Scarpa Tornado review:

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=38673

They come with a really light liner that I'm using in some of my other boots, and are great boots in their own right. I got a pair for my wife and her skiing improved noticably.
post #8 of 16
Years ago when I bought my first pair of Flexons I swithed from Technicas. With my size 12.5 feet I dropped a pound and a half per boot. It was like getting dancing shoes.
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I can't imagine that the actual weight of the boot has anything to do with performance, much as ski weight has next to nothing to do with on-snow performance. For someone who professes to value lightness, you are on the heaviest ski I know of...
post #10 of 16
The 06/07 Salomon boots are quite light. I can't remember Salomon's name for them but they basically replace the "Course" part of the line from the last few years. The last is a bit bigger than the old Course's last but somewhat lower volume than the X-Wave which stays in the line for next year. Might be worth a look. My friends who have skied them were happy with how they skied.
Have fun
post #11 of 16
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Like a true ski ho, I'm not on the B5's any more.... Since then I have gotten rid of a pair of head i.m 72's and I'm now on Volkl 5 stars, Nordica Nitrous's and Salomon 1080's. I still notice the difference, just not as much.



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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
I can't imagine that the actual weight of the boot has anything to do with performance, much as ski weight has next to nothing to do with on-snow performance. For someone who professes to value lightness, you are on the heaviest ski I know of...
post #12 of 16
bennyr : falcons..
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Originally Posted by mntlion
bennyr : falcons..
Falcon 110

Small piece of Greg H's Falcon X2 (or possibly the retail race falcon, can't tell)
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Oh my! I think that I have just fallen in love..... for the first time, just don't tell the wifey!



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Falcon 110

Small piece of Greg H's Falcon X2 (or possibly the retail race falcon, can't tell)
post #15 of 16
That's great that you "think" you like lighter boots (I ski in Flexons and Kryptons myself), but I seriously doubt the differences in your skiing can be purely attributed to the difference in weight. More than likely there are major differences between these boots (forward lean, flex, ramp angle, etc.) and one pair is a better setup for your skiing than the other.

That's really what you should be working on. What are the major differences and why is is that one pair is working better for you than the other.
post #16 of 16
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I do agree with you that there are more factors involved, I've had the salomons modified and they feel great, 4-6 oz. is not that much... the lange's do fit tighter width wise in the arch area(hence the quicker side to side response), forward lean also goes to the lange's and they are also more flexible(but they aren't as comfortable). I have just felt that the new boots on the market seem to get a lot more beefier than the older models as well as some ski's. I think that this affects the skiers with less technique than someone who has more polished skills(on average). I think that the weight issue of boots seldom gets taken into account when the selection of a boot is concerned. I'm a level 8 skier, weigh 185 and I'm 6'1". I now look for a boot that is a little more forgiving than before. I don't want to feel fatiqued at the end of the day. I am still tinkering with the lange's just because I have had them so long and I like the idea of having a backup pair of boots.

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Originally Posted by Noodler
That's great that you "think" you like lighter boots (I ski in Flexons and Kryptons myself), but I seriously doubt the differences in your skiing can be purely attributed to the difference in weight. More than likely there are major differences between these boots (forward lean, flex, ramp angle, etc.) and one pair is a better setup for your skiing than the other. And Noodler...... I like your quivers of ski's, rock on!

That's really what you should be working on. What are the major differences and why is is that one pair is working better for you than the other.
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