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Attention Flexon Lovers

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Whether looking to score a new pair or just to enjoy a nostalgic moment
see: http://www.fulltiltboots.com/fulltilt_06-07_catalog.pdf

Some have moved on to the Krypton.
Some, including some top mogul competitors, still maintain that the Flexon remains the Gold Standard in ski boots.
Some, like me, went to a four buckle boot with the demise of the Kneissl Flexon (though I still have my Flexons, several pairs, in fact).
Some, may just enjoy a reminder of how much the designers of the Flexon managed to make work as it should, right from the start.
Enjoy.
post #2 of 15
Ahhh.I see they're in Sun Valley.. I recall the Thanksgiving, ten years ago, when I stopped into a Sun Valley shop and saw these strange, superlight boots with the 100% heat moldable liners. The stiff, foam injected torture thingies that I called boots were slung over my shoulder- after one awful run...
You'll have to pry my Flexons from my cold, dead hands....er, feet.

OK, Phil... someday I'll try the Kryptons- heavy as they are. But after three new bindings and two pair of skis so far this year, it won't be soon. If it ain't broke...
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
Ahhh.I see they're in Sun Valley.. I recall the Thanksgiving, ten years ago, when I stopped into a Sun Valley shop and saw these strange, superlight boots with the 100% heat moldable liners. The stiff, foam injected torture thingies that I called boots were slung over my shoulder- after one awful run...
You'll have to pry my Flexons from my cold, dead hands....er, feet.

OK, Phil... someday I'll try the Kryptons- heavy as they are. But after three new bindings and two pair of skis so far this year, it won't be soon. If it ain't broke...
The Kryps are a bit heavier but they are much more responsive too. It is worth it going to them just for the easier buckles
post #4 of 15
I'll convert- eventually. I'm turning into one of these geezers who only gets out of bed for six inches or more of powder, so I'll give up a little responsiveness for the weight savings... and, I'm doing a lot of hiking so I may look into AT boots. The Flexon's just work, dammitt, and the idea of starting over with a boot is... One of the things I don't get is why not 100% heat moldable Intuition liners on the whole Krypton line? It's so superior to the usual foam rubber and kapok (ever cut open a stock liner?) and other stuff they stuff those with. The Full Tilt people also say no footbeds- I've always molded my liners around a footbed but my wife skied happily, tele, on thermoflexes molded without a footbed for years. The Liner, of course, molds underneath the foot as well. In any case, those new Intuition liners- as they show in cross section, look really great and that's my upgrade this year.
post #5 of 15
You CAN use a footbed if you so desire. Have you checked out the new "Foot Suspension" footbed from A-Line. Go to (link) These work extremely well "UNDER" your Liner. If you use an Intuition Custom Liner or the after market FULL TILT Liner, you will be in awe at how great it feels!!!
post #6 of 15
The Kryptons are over a full pound and a half heavier. As for the Buckle-Cable system, you very seldom get ice or snow blocking the fore and aft spring load, and there is no awkward screwing or twisting the buckle to make it looser or tighter. Parts are now easier than ever to get, and are available after Dec. 10th Just call the number.
There are also 6 different flexes, and 3 After Market Liners available, so you can rebuild your old "Flexons", or buy a new pair and totally customize 'em!!!
post #7 of 15
Rob,

Welcome aboard! I think it is great that you guys are keeping the Flexon Flame going.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RobTheBootGuy View Post
...As for the Buckle-Cable system, you very seldom get ice or snow blocking the fore and aft spring load, and there is no awkward screwing or twisting the buckle to make it looser or tighter. Parts are now easier than ever to get, and are available after Dec. 10th at www.fulltiltboots.com Just call the number.
There are also 6 different flexes, and 3 After Market Liners available, so you can rebuild your old "Flexons", or buy a new pair and totally customize 'em!!!
The buckle design is one of the many things that the Flexon got right for the reasons you've said. The most often heard complaint surrounds the wires bails tendency to fail. If there are two improvements that might be made to the Flexon it would be sturdier bails and a beefed up power strap, I think. Still an amazing boot.
post #9 of 15
Rob - my burning question is about the bootboard in the new Full Tilt Flexons. I haven't had a chance yet to "fondle" a pair, but I'm wondering if the new ones use the rubber bootboard that was used in the final year(s?) of the Kneissl Flexon. My red/silver Flexons (aka "The Tin Man") have a totally different soft rubber bootboard than my other pairs that have the standard hard plastic thin ones.

I'm hoping that the Full Tilt versions picked up where Kneissl left off - not where Raichle left off.
post #10 of 15
I think I may have answered my own questions after looking more closely at the Full Tilt catalog.

I noticed that the buckles are definitely the later Kneissl design. I also noticed that the heels do not have the "hole" going laterally through them. This hole was used in earlier Flexons to adjust the heel height and change the ramp angle of the bootboard (via a screw). Later Flexons removed the adjustment mechanism and replaced it with a small piece of rubber advertised as a "shock absorber" (didn't really do much). The new Full Tilts seem to be lacking this hole (just like my Kneissl version) and so I'm assuming that they have the full length rubber bootboard.
post #11 of 15
I'm in for the FULLTILT.
post #12 of 15
Hey Rob- I just revisited this thread and was stoked to see your posts. I am so happy with my Flexons that I'm no where near retireing them. I want to check in with you guys about liners, parts, etc. Perhaps some tongues.We were all following the journey of the design- the molds, etc- from Raichle to Kneissel to K2?, and now Full Tilt has it. Great. Do you have a dealer in SLC?
post #13 of 15
I thought Full Tilt really is K2 under the covers.
post #14 of 15
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I thought Full Tilt really is K2 under the covers.
That's interesting. Can only be good...
post #15 of 15
From what I hear, they will be marketed with Line skis, also under the K2 umbrella.
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