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Head Edge Boots? Upgrade from Nordica Trend

post #1 of 10
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I have spent several days trying on boots. Once I find the right pair, I plan on taking them to a good bootfitter, maybe Jeff in Breck. So far my two top choices are Tecnica Vento 10's and Nordica Beast 10 or 12's. I am 5'9" 210 with D/E feet and low large calves. My feet are normally shaped with no issues. I currently use Nordica Trend 7.1 boots that I bought when getting back into skiing. They are a little too big (lengthwise) and a little too soft.

I have read about the Head Edge 10.8 and 9.8 boots being better for my foot/leg size. However, I cannot find any to try on. Most of the Heads I can find are the stiffer racing type boots, or the Mojo series. Is there anyone who has tried these boots that can give me a review? Thank you.

If you have similar shaped feet/calves, and have moved up from a Nordica Trend, please let me know what you have tried. Maybe I am missing trying a boot that can work for me.

If you are completely bored, please read my experience with demoing boots last weekend:

I demoed a pair of Salomon Performa 8.0 boots last weekend. It was the only demo boots the place had that fit my legs. The boot felt very comfortable and snug. It had a flex that felt a little stiffer than my Trends. However, once on the hill, I felt like a beginner again. The day before I was proud because I was making it down black bump runs without stopping to pick out my line. With the Salomon boots, I was struggling to keep the tips from wandering all over the place! It was like my first week on skis. I could not get a comfortable forward lean in order to keep the tips engaged. Likewise, when I found some powder spots, I could not get back to keep the tips up. The boots had one position, squirrelly! I have a hard time believing that boots can make that much of a difference, but these just sucked.
post #2 of 10
I have the Beast 10s and like them a lot. Maybe slightly soft, but the shop guy was worried about me coming off Achilles surgery. That said I have larger than average calves and an extra piece of tendon. The Beasts fit my volume well.

You may want to search out Fischer boots as they seem to keep your feet in a more natural position. Not sure what a comparable model would be...
post #3 of 10
I'll be able to tell you about them next weekend.

Depending on your size, you can get a pair of Edge 9 or 10s from Level Nine Sports for under $120. That's what I did. If they don't fit, I'll just send em back. If they *do* fit, then I got one damn good deal on quality boots.

I'm moving up from a Nordica F6, btw.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by jonnythan View Post
I'll be able to tell you about them next weekend.

Depending on your size, you can get a pair of Edge 9 or 10s from Level Nine Sports for under $120. That's what I did. If they don't fit, I'll just send em back. If they *do* fit, then I got one damn good deal on quality boots.

I'm moving up from a Nordica F6, btw.
I am looking forward to the review.
post #5 of 10
Hi Matt,

I recently bought a pair of Vento 10s after being on Performa 8's for just over a year. The difference is night and day. Not only was I on a soft boot, the Performa's were a little big and the Vento 10's fit much better (a few mms shorter in same mondo size).
I skied my first day on the Vento 10 at Vail and it took awhile to get used to the fact that I had better edge control. I didn't have to make constant adjustments (wearing my legs down) to feet moving around and not to have to worry about the tip control you mention. In the afternoon, I was tearing it up and bumps were a much friendlier proposition. Life is so much better
Other options that were recommended to me before I made my decision were Salomon XWave 10 and I tried on a couple of Lange models (can't remember which ones but whatever their equivalents are). The Ventos just felt right.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.
post #6 of 10
matt7180,

If you are planning to work with Jeff, I would recommend scheduling an evaluation with him BEFORE you buy your boots. He will do a complete evaluation, that includes suggesting boots or a boot that in his experience will best fit you - and explain why. Also, he doesn't sell boots or care where you buy them.

Good luck,

Chris
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post
matt7180,

If you are planning to work with Jeff, I would recommend scheduling an evaluation with him BEFORE you buy your boots. He will do a complete evaluation, that includes suggesting boots or a boot that in his experience will best fit you - and explain why. Also, he doesn't sell boots or care where you buy them.

Good luck,

Chris
Thanks for the advice. That makes sense. I did not realize he did not sell boots. I will schedule a time to visit with him soon.
post #8 of 10
sounds like the salomons where too big.

they where too tall, and might have prevented your foot from dropping down into the boot, and too loose on the forefoot/heel so your heel just drifted around in them.
post #9 of 10
I got mine yesterday.

Unfortunately, they just don't fit me well at all. Leaning forward in the boot lifts my heel a bit, unlike the X-Wave 10. They are way stiffer than my F6s, which feel like ill-fitting hiking boots compared to these.. but the X-Waves are stiffer still. The X-Waves also have a much higher calf.

I went from Volant Machete Souls with Nordica F6 boots to Atomic Metron 10s with Salomon X-Wave 10 boots. After feeling a little funny in the lift line, my skiing was immediately improved. I'm sure it's way more from the better-fitting, stiffer boots than it is from the skis. I'm going to try my Volants out with the new boots one day to compare.

I don't know if any of this helps you, but the moral of the story to me is not to settle for anything less than a perfectly fitting boot. The difference the stiff, well-fitting boot made to my skiing is night and day. I'm quite surprised.
post #10 of 10
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I have given up trying the find the Head Edge boots to try. I tried on more boots and the Tecnicas just fit the best of all. I got a screaming deal on Tecnica Vento 10's. They are all the boot I want, and fit great out of the box. Despite the good fit, I am planning on taking them to Jeff, or another fitter towards the end of the season just to get checked out and tweaked if necessary. That way I will have a few days on them.
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