I compared the flex of both (Tecnica on one foot Rage Pro on the other) indoors and the Tecnica was stiffer and I wanted even a little more stiffness than the Tecnica.
Also stood out on the deck (20 degrees out) and Rage Pro was still too soft.
2 middle buckles hit each other when flexing, #2 buckle from the toe pops open when I flex, lower shell bulges out, also heel lifts about an inch from bottom of boot.
What's the purpose of having the lower shell bulge out when flexing? I've never had boots that did that, all of my boots have been stiffer.
I really don't think this boot could have a 130 flex index, if they say the Dolomite race boot is a 150 I would think this boot would be close to that but it's a really really soft boot than what I'm used to. I need more stiffness when flexing.This is a review of the boot:
Dolomite Rage Pro$725
Dolomite's new flagship will ride tandem in the race category with the company's aging Sintesi this year but all bets are on this newcomer with a decidedly North American name. It retains the characteristic Dolomite substantial girth up in the toe box but skootches down a bit over the instep. It embraces new technology including a novel Twin Tongue Liner with a calf tongue that embraces the leg with surety from the rear. Its twin power strap runs through the height-adjustable Active Pivot rear spoiler so that it moves with the leg when the boot it flexed forward rather than gapping like a conventional design. I like this, feels good and snug.
That provides better power transmission and comfort.On the Hill
Testers gave the Rage its strongest scores in the performance categories but marked it down in the comfort, convenience and hardware arenas. It was among the more difficult boots in this class to get on and off and the buckles were balky.Do not at all feel this, the boot was very easy to get in and out of.
That's not surprising for a first year effort and running changes were expected before the finished models hit the shops. In the what-really-counts forward flex category, the Rage earned its highest mark. It is stiff yet lively and re-centers quicklyNot stiff in my opinion
. Its high cuff gives it dynamic steering power but may be difficult for shorter skiers to control. Still, most thought it more of an all-mountain boot that a true racer.Be aware of:
Buckles not easy to open or close. Fits high volume foot everywhere except over instep.EASE OF ENTRY/EXIT:
Tricky to get in, bites coming out.EASE OF ADJUSTMENTS:
Macro-adjust buckles can be tricky but move without tool. Flip open and place one finger below rivet for easier sliding in channel.EFFECT OF ADJUSTMENTS:
Remove rear spoiler completely for more upright stance.LINER:
Good energy and feel. Twin tongues wrap “chicken” legs effectively.CLOSURE SYSTEM:
Buckles require more than usual force to open and close.LATERAL QUICKNESS:
Adequate. High cuff transfers power boldly side-to-side but its not the zippiest.REAR SUPPORT:
Stiff and tall, the way races are won.FORWARD FLEX:
It has the beef to back up its brawn. High cuff may turn off shorter skiers.STEERING POWER:
Knows where it wants to go and gets there fast.DYNAMIC COMFORT:
Most testers liked the ride but noted tightness over instep with
I totally disagree with the review, except for the tongue and snug fit around the calf, the boot in my opinion is soft and very easy to get in and out of.