Originally Posted by jamesgig
I am 16yr old male, 150lbs, 5' 8", skied 3 seasons and am in need of new ski equipment. I would like a pair of Volkl skis, either Tecnica or Atomic boots, and a pair of googles for mostly night skiing. I am an advanced skier (level 9-10) and ski 5-6 times per week during the season (Dec-Mar). Based on my weight and ski ability should I get the 06-07 Volkl Allstar or 5-Star and at what lenght? Both have been recommended to me by my ski instructors, but I cannot get in touch with them until the season and would like to purchase at the end of the summer. I ski mostly on groomed trails, but also enjoy the bumps; however, there is a lot of ice were I usually ski so I need a good all around ski. As for my current style, I like to ski fast with large radius turns, but need a mobile ski for the bumps (My parents will only buy me one pair of skis
so it has to be versitile). As for the boots. I have a wide foot so I will be having my boots fitted and stance aligned. I am looking for something like an Atomic racing boot or Tecnica Magma boot. I have heard that Smith Optics' Sensor lense is excellent for day and night skiing, is this true and is there a better option? I am not worried about cost so I want the best equipment that I can easily use without excess fatigue or loss of control. Just ask if you need any other information. I am open to other suggestions as well. Thanks for your advice.allstar5-starTecnica magmaAtomic
Hi, welcome to Epicski!
I tried on the Tecnica Diablo Magnesium. The Magma and Magnesium should be the same last. I don't recall Tecnica changing the last for '07. If you tried it on you know how it fits. If you didn't, i can tell you a few things about the fit. The forefoot is wide. It's really wide. IMO the forefoot can be more accomodating but it still has to hold the foot properly. For me it is too wide (and i downsized like most people did). The rearfoot is narrower but i couldn't tell how narrow it was b/c the liner is VERY THICK and the boot fit like a slipper. It sacrifices performance for comfort.
The plastic Tecnica uses for the Diablo is very soft IMO. Thank God they made the Magma stiffer. Don't pay attention to flex numbers b/c they are all made up. You have to try it on to know how stiff it really is. These boots flex better than the Icons they replaced. The latter struggled with the flex IMO.
I would not recommend the Magma if you like to ski fast. I would get the Atomic CS. This boot is wider in the forefoot than the RT Ti and would be a good choice for you (unless you have wide heels). I tried last year's RT plug (this year's Ti) and i can tell you that i i found the forefoot to be more accomdating than i had expected. Then i was told how the boot was designed to fit. The RT Ti is narrow at the ankle/heel area while the forefoot is more spacious. This allows the big toe to articulate and the skier is better balancer over the skis. There is no need for ultra narrow forefoot. And this goes for the CS too b/c it is the same design, just a bit more spacious last. Check out this thread here
(post #13 and 20). Most of the control of a boot comes from the ankle/heel/lower leg area (including the area where the foot and lower leg come together which is directly related to flex and feedback). The forefoot can be more accomodating (which is needed for the big toe to articulate) but it still has to hold the foot properly. Sometimes it can be too wide. I suspect that this is not going to be a problem for you if you have wide feet. I know all these things from the boot guy you asked on another thread, Jeff Bergeron.
Regarding the skis, i really like the fact that Volkl will use titanium for both the Allstar and 5 Star. I would get the Allstar if i skied really fast and longer turns. The 5 Star i would get if i were a less aggressive skier.