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post #61 of 74
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57 View Post

The nearly NOS explosion 8's did blow up Thursday....

 

Whoa!  Sorry to hear ... I know how much you loved those boots :(

 

Sounds like it's time to finally start that search for the next great boot.  I think you should check out the Dalbello Scorpians ... if nothing else, Dalbello Green is just as nauseating shocking as the old Technica Orange! biggrin.gif

 

BTW, one of the best quotes from ESA Stowe this year was from Philpug ... "You date your skis, but you marry your boots!".  In your case it was a long and happy marriage!  

 

My condolences on your loss!

post #62 of 74
Thread Starter 

I still have 2 pair left and my best of the 2 just got the brand new liner from the pair that broke Thursday....so hopefully the blaze continues!!!

 

:)

 

I like the look of the Scorpion 130's a lot  but I don't think I wanna battle a 130 flex at this stage.....

besides can't afford new boots at this point...hoping I get lucky with some slightly newer model 

Tecnicas....I fell asleep at the wheel Saturday on an ebay auction for a 15 day ski'd pair of

Dragon 120's which ended at $98 :(

 

Looking forward to seeing you on the hill soon OES!

 

Ok enuff about my obsession, I managed to turn this thread into my personal tale of fear and woe.....who else has old boots they dread replacing..???

post #63 of 74
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57 View Post

Took 2 runs Thursday on Hitchcock at Wachusett, my son was cold and asked to go in for another layer and the pictured backup pair blew up while releasing from the bindings. Temp was about 5 degrees.......

 

Thankfully wa gave us vouchers for another day.....

 

 

 

 

The liners are now inserted into my $9 explosion 8 emergency backup shells....those now are my only backup to my final pair of TNT Explosion 8's. If anyone has a set of the black toe and heel pads for an explosion 304 sole I could use em....they are pretty worn on this pair.

 

I am truly afraid....my off the rack, no bootfitting required perfect fit for over 20 yrs is nearly over......

 

- - -

 

If you were at wa thursday the trail of orange plastic chips leading from the ski racks to the ticket window was me

 

The last pair of explosion 8's are starting to pack in.....but shells remain in great shape

 

Time to start the quest for the perfect fit.....I'll start with Tecnica of course but the Diablo series was not perfect......perhaps another thought is zip fit or the like?

 

Perhaps the Dragon series or the agent series(not orange tho)

 

Suggestions on any boot with the exact same fit as a 304 26.5 TNT explosion?

 

Woe is me.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by hrstrat57 - 2/8/2009 at 02:54 am

I too loved that boot, I had the 10 with the tecnica foam liners. One of the best boots I have ever owned. I current ski in a Nordica Speed Machine 14, and offers a similar fit to the Ex 8. It's kind of chilly, and to many moving parts for my liking. Keep in mind when I say chilly, I have frost bit my toes a few times, and it doesn't take much for my feet to get cold. I like the way it skis though.

 

If I remember correctly the last on the Explosion series was 100mm. I would find out for sure what it is, find a few boots with the same last and start with those.  I'm sure somebody on here knows for sure what the last is.
 

 

post #64 of 74

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Ok enuff about my obsession, I managed to turn this thread into my personal tale of fear and woe.....who else has old boots they dread replacing..???


I know I'm in for some flak, but I have an addiction for Salomon SX92 Equipes. I skiied one pair for 18 years from new, but picked up pair on eBay last year after I snapped a cable and made a mismatched pair (one black, one white). In between I was in Nordica Beast 10s that were junk by comparison. Since then I've found another pair that were like new with about a week's use plus a full set of original spare parts. I like the convenience, comfort, high fronts, flex control that really works, and given the amount of abuse I've given them, their longevity! Since I often only ski for an hour or so per day, I really like the practicality in that I can go from off to fully done up in about 15 sec.

 

That said, I popped into Sole in Chamonix yesterday. Really nice people there, very helpful. The Kryptons really do look very nice. Sole seem to rate Palau liners over Intuitions.

post #65 of 74
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Originally Posted by Synchro View Post

That said, I popped into Sole in Chamonix yesterday. Really nice people there, very helpful. The Kryptons really do look very nice. Sole seem to rate Palau liners over Intuitions.

How surprising - a French shop recommending a French liner over the vastly superior Intuition.  If you're after soft and cozy in your liner then the Palau stuff makes sense.  If you want performance stick to the Intuition.  Intuition liners also last quite a bit longer.
 

 

post #66 of 74

Really? They sell both, but my impression was that the (unfitted) Intutions were far softer than the Palaus. Not that I'm used to inspecting boot liners, but I've never felt a liner as hard as the Palau I looked at, was surprised it could ever be comfortable!

post #67 of 74

Synchro - do you have any idea which models you were looking at?  Intuition hasn't made anything I would consider "soft" in year and years.

post #68 of 74

Sorry, no idea, I was just having a feel of them. The Intuitions felt very similar to my stock Salomons (pretty firm, but not hard). The Palaus reminded me vaguely of balsa wood or hard cardboard! If you tapped them they made a distinct knocking sound, was difficult to compress with my fingers. I'd never seen either in the flesh before. If it makes any difference the Intuition liners I looked at had a thin pale green stripe (maybe piping?) around the top and were in a pair of Garmont touring boots.

post #69 of 74

^^^^^ I think I know what's going on - you were checking out UNMOLDED liners.  They change a bit upon being heated and molded, but Palau does have a couple models that are harder.

post #70 of 74
This thread's been around so long I've fessed up to sleeping with my 10-year-old boots, betrayed them in a drunken Internet shopping frenzy, come crawling back swearing I'd never leave them again AND engaged in a messy menage a trois in which I can't decide who I love more, all between the first and last posts.
post #71 of 74
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This thread's been around so long I've fessed up to sleeping with my 10-year-old boots, betrayed them in a drunken Internet shopping frenzy, come crawling back swearing I'd never leave them again AND engaged in a messy menage a trois in which I can't decide who I love more, all between the first and last posts.


 

This thread needs to find the Berlusconi of ski boots.

post #72 of 74
Thread Starter 

Thread author here.

 

Got a nice deal on a mint pair of Tecnica Diablos at a NH ski shop.

 

Ok, but not the same.

 

Hunted on ebay etc forever, even posted a thread or two here and on other forums begging for someone to come up with a pair

of the copper colored Explosion 8's that never blow up. Have the brand new liner ready to insert.

 

No luck. Shame, because for the 3 hours this season I had the mint 8's on I experienced ski boot perfection....they were just freakin amazing!!!! Hadn't noticed how much my main pair had packed out......man they were good. I was really, really upset when the cuff broke off in my hands taking them off.

 

So the official who can't give up their old ski boots thread starter finally gave in.....

 

A brand new pair of Salomon Impact 10's have replaced the 8's in the customary spot next to the bed. They fit real nice and I am optimistic. Hoping to get one day on them before the season ends.....but might not be on the hill with them until November or December.

 

I'll post some pics and a mini review when I do!

 

......please carry on.

 

my 8's are still tucked in the closet still just in case.....

post #73 of 74
Thread Starter 

.....and (gulp) they are not orange.....

post #74 of 74

Never give up on Old Boots !!!!

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