Originally Posted by Whiteroom
Plug boots are to Epicski what 'greeen spring' bindings are to TGR, you aren't cool unless you've got 'em.
Plug boots also supply a certain level of rigid support that makes an excellent substitute for real balance.
Nice effort at a red herring, but it's really not true.
I have skied many different boots over the years. My consumer plug XTs are by far the most smoothly-flexing, responsive boots I've ever had. They are not uncomfortable (on the contrary, they fit me better than any other boot I've had). I didn't go into Jeff Bergeron looking for a plug. I went in looking for a boot that would help me ski better. He recommended three plugs: Rossi, Nordica, and the XT. I got the XT because I couldn't find the others, and it was his preference for me. I've skied them for three years, and still think that they are incredibly fine-skiing boots.
I haven't lost any toenails. I don't crank down the buckles. I don't loosen buckles on the chair.
Are "plug boots" for everyone? Of course not! However, if your skiing is at a level where high responsiveness is of value, they might be. But only if you have an exceptionally good bootfitter to work with you on them. Plan to spend as much on fitting as you do on the boots.