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X-Wave 10 or 8?

post #1 of 14
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Getting ready to buy one of these boots today but I'm having a hard time chosing between the two. The fit is perfect on both But I can't decide on stiffness. I'm concerned that the 10 may be a bit too stiff and the 8 too soft. Just looking for an all-day comfortable boot that will allow me to progress back to an advanced level and occasionally let me rip a bit. My local shop doesn't carry the 9 so it is not an option. Any thoughts? I'm 40 yrs., 6-0, 180-185 lbs. I was formerly a strong, somewhat aggressive, advanced skiier who is now looking to get back into skiing after a 10 year+ layoff.
post #2 of 14

10

and remember, you can cut it but you cant stiffen it
post #3 of 14
I've been looking at the 9s or 10s. From what I read: The fit of the 8, 9 and 10 is the same. The difference between the 9 and 10 is the 10 has two rivets that increases the stiffness vs. the 9, and very slight differences in the liner. As DW says, you can lower the stiffness of the 10 by removing the rivets, but you can not increase stiffness. You can make a 9 have the 10's stiffness by adding rivets. This is based in info on TGR, links:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=35249
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=40310
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=40592


There's also one person's experience, (Cirque Rider, he's here also), with a bad fit in an XWave. So, make certain a good bootfitter determines the size of your feet and the fit of the boot are a match.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=64846
post #4 of 14
Skied both the 8 and 9 last year - they are very similar... Bought the 8 - I prefer a softer boot - I ski 90% off-piste, soft snow, Tahoe and like to have a little more flex / movement... For your abilities and requirements an 8 is a great boot! 6"2" 185lbs As mentioned - make sure it fits right and get some insoles - superfeet or something...
post #5 of 14
I am on my 2nd pair of 10s, they soften up quite a bit. The liners also pack out a lot.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
I am on my 2nd pair of 10s, they soften up quite a bit. The liners also pack out a lot.
I agree 100%. The 10's were never real stiff and into their 3rd season are really getting soft on me. 2nd pair of liners as well. To the OP, I'd say go with the 10's over the 8's. Better liner and the ability to soften the flex to a 9 if you find them too stiff (by removing two bolts in the shell)...which if you are an aggressive skier, I don't see happening.
post #7 of 14
10s have a much nicer liner than the 8s, which is worth the price increase. Flex doesn't really matter as long you can flex both of them without bottoming out.
post #8 of 14
I bought the 8's last year.
Been in them just 3 days, however, I have not felt the need to even adjust the boot all day long!! Great fit right out of the box.

This boot is a bit soft for my fischer race ski. The boot should go nicely with my new Elan Mag 10's.

You can't go wrong in either the 8 or the 10, IMO.
Good luck with the fit. Comfort to you!!
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
I am on my 2nd pair of 10s, they soften up quite a bit. The liners also pack out a lot.
and, they pack out quickly.

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Originally Posted by Takecontrol618 View Post
10s have a much nicer liner than the 8s, which is worth the price increase. Flex doesn't really matter as long you can flex both of them without bottoming out.
Be aware that the 10's will flex quite a bit more easily in the store than on the slopes.
post #10 of 14
Get the 10; a flex Salomon index of 110 isn't too high for a 180 lb skier who wants to rip now and again. I don't think you will need to take the rivets out.
post #11 of 14
Does anybody have a picture or link that shows the rivets?
post #12 of 14
I've been on 10's (with superfeet) for two seasons now and no complaints. The liners did pack out very quickly though so there is definitely no need to have them heat molded.
post #13 of 14
A lot depends on your shell fit.. I'm in the 10. I have a size 9 (street shoe) foot and I'm in a 25 shell.. They do pack out but it's not as extreme if you shell fit properly.

I have used both superfeet and instaprints. I did however need to soften mine. I'm only 5'8" and 155 lbs. I could probably stand to stiffen them back up now but I really like the way they ski.

BTW, the mold and last for the xwave 8,9,and 10 are exactly the same.

If you need to soften them even more, there is a "V" cut out in the back of the shell that can soften the boot even more.

DC
post #14 of 14
and it is all about the fit..

If you don't have a Salomon foot, you may not be happy.

DC
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