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I'm interested in the Scarpa Tornado. I'm not sure it even fits but it definitely has most of the features I'm interested in for a hybrid Alpine/AT boot. has a sizeable stock of last year's model at $345 - seems lik a very good price. They also allow returns so I can return the boot if it doesn't fit.

I called Scarpa in Boulder to learn about the difference between last year's and this year's new model. The 06-07 new model has Pebax plastic instead of PU and is supposedly lighter and stiffer than PU, with better flex consistency as temperature lowers. It also has a relocated shell piece (which had a problem of breaking off in the previous model) under the ankle buckel strap.

I am tempted to wait for the new one and see what I can work out in terms of a good price. As the wholesale for this boot is about $390 with retail in the low $600's I will certainly pay significantly more no matter how good of a price I can negotiate.

Any advice or suggestions?

Also, any comments on fit? I have skied both 26 and 27 ski boots. I have a very low arch, narrow, low volume foot. Also, if I do get this boot I may have to mold the liner on my own (something I have done before). Anyone have an experience with this Scarpa thermo-moldable liner?