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Freeride boot (Salomon Gun Pro Model) good for all mountain?

post #1 of 13
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I'm a life long skier (20+ years, strong level 9), moved to Denver from the East Coast. I'm in the process of 'refreshing' my gear, and I made some purchases during the frenzied Sniagrab/Ski Rex sales this past weekend. However, I'm concerned about my boot purchase. And I can barely find any info on the boot.

My Specs: 180lbs, 5'9, stocky (tree trunks for legs), old school skier with a tendency to keep my legs very close together, love the bumps, as much as I love a high speed carving run. Big fan of tree skiing and powder runs.

My approach: try to find the best all-mountain package possible, as I can't afford a full quiver (nor top dollar on anything.)

Skis: Volkl AC40 177cm with the packaged Marker binding (tried to secure AC4s, but couldn't find the 177, so I managed to negotiate the AC40s for 3 more bills.)

Boots: 2005/6 Salomon Gun Pro Model mondo 27- I tried as many 'last year' boots as I could find. But the selection was pretty light. These boots fit very well - very consistent pressure all around my foot (uncomfortably tight for the time being but I expect the liner to pack out well - plus I can get the sole heat molded.) Ankle is locked in comfortably, toes can wiggle. So I feel the fit is right.

They're rated at 95 flex, but I'm worried that for (all) the types of skiing I like, they may not be the right choice. (Have 7 days to return...) Everything is tight, but I can flex quite a bit. I'm in my mid 30's so I don't need a race boot at this point, and I'm ok to sacrifice some performance in the bumps.

Anyone's thoughts on if it's even conceivable to have a freeride boot serve the purposes of my needs as described above? I haven't bought gear in a long time (still have my 10 year old Koflachs - yes, I know, this is well over-due.) I can't find a good description of the limitations of this boot, nor a decent description of a ''freeride" boot?

I've found 1 decent thread on this boot in the forums, but I'm wondering if there is any reason I can find very little other information on the boot. Is it a lemon? Evo has it on sale as well, but other than that... nada.

Thoughts appreciated. I've been trolling the forums that last couple days, and I'm floored by the level of expertise folks are bringing to it.
post #2 of 13
Very good boot, and a good find.
post #3 of 13
I'm a very similar build 5'-9" 190 (but should be 180), stocky with big legs. LEVEL 8-9?--I'm not sure. (Can ski most of Mammoth except TOTW). I have the previous version of that boot (1080) also rated 95 flex, and I really like it--for most of the kind of skiing you describe, it seems like the right flex--some movement fore and aft, but laterally stiff. This is with a custom footbed, but it sounds like they fit you pretty well without. After about 60 days the liners got packed out but I replaced them with zipfits, and hope to have them another few years. I should mention that I am probably more modern/two footed than you, and I like skis with some sidecut (16-18m)--you might not like the boot if you really want to be able to drive a stiff/straight ski into a carve with pressure on the tips--it will happen, but not with the responsiveness you'd get with a race boot.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I guess I should not be surprised by the number (2). I guess not many folks have used the boot, and it stays consistent that it's mainly about fit.

Good news, is that when I went back to the shop on Labor Day (bought on Sunday before), they had my AC40s for $200 more than I paid...
post #5 of 13
I ski this boot also . After getting some work done with many return trips for follow ups I got them fitting well on my wide feet.I am still very happy with them. When I added custom footbeds I could really feel the edges of my skis. It was such a pronounced difference I don't know how else to describe it.
They are not a stiff boot but if you tighten them they stiffen around the top part of the ankle . I like the flex of these boots .They give me a stable footing with a good range of motion for ankle movement.
post #6 of 13

Carving with a 95 flex boot?

I have been skiing the Solomon Pro Model SC and this year the Gun (Same boot)

Some people like a stiffer boot, but I think you will like the control of these boots.

I weigh 190 to 200 pounds and I do not have issues driving a stiff ski.

186 LP's Boots Solomon Pro Model
Not powder

post #7 of 13
A few things to remember.......

Salomon flex numbers are not the same as others boots and they tend to run a little stiff when compared to other boots with similar numbers.

If they feel a touch soft now, remember it's warm.

Look at the pic in MTT's post. You can see he is skiing a wider stance. He will build bigger angles and thus place more leverage against the boot than you will with your more closed stance.

Personal preferences aside....I'd say the boot is fine for most skiers of your weight/ability level.

SJ
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Feel a lot better at my choices at this point. Now I just need it to snow...

SierraJim, I've seen a number of your posts, but haven't seen any specific posts not liking Salomon boots. I take it your personal preferences point in another direction?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Broohaha View Post
Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Feel a lot better at my choices at this point. Now I just need it to snow...

SierraJim, I've seen a number of your posts, but haven't seen any specific posts not liking Salomon boots. I take it your personal preferences point in another direction?
I didn't word that terribly well. What I was referring to was personal preferences regarding boot stiffness, and specifically, your preferences more than anything.

I don't dislike Salomon boots at all although in the past they have been too roomy for me, so I just don't choose to ski 'em except an occasional test. One thing about Salomon, they usually get the details right.

SJ
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post #10 of 13
Make sure you check out the Lange Freeride 120's.

I skied most of the season on them as well as 7 days in Europe on every type of snow imaginable and I was super impressed with these.

They are flexible when and where you need then and I wasn't ever wishing for a stiffer or flexier boot at any time.

for sure !
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Marmot, thanks for the advice, but Lange has been out of bounds for me... I've always wanted a pair (even back to the screaming yellow Tii's), but I have a pretty wide foot. Going back to Sierra Jim, this is probably why the Gun is such a good fit for me. Lots of room from my quad Es.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Broohaha View Post
Marmot, thanks for the advice, but Lange has been out of bounds for me... I've always wanted a pair (even back to the screaming yellow Tii's), but I have a pretty wide foot. Going back to Sierra Jim, this is probably why the Gun is such a good fit for me. Lots of room from my quad Es.
I have a 103mm wide forefoot and went boot shopping last year for my perfect - no sale, no discount boot. I'm now in a Lange.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Broohaha View Post
Marmot, thanks for the advice, but Lange has been out of bounds for me... I've always wanted a pair (even back to the screaming yellow Tii's), but I have a pretty wide foot. Going back to Sierra Jim, this is probably why the Gun is such a good fit for me. Lots of room from my quad Es.
The New Freerides fit alot different than the "Lange's of old" don't count them out until you put a pair on your feet.

My Freeride 120's felt very snug and tight when I first had them but after 4-5 days they comformed nicely and are now just perfect after yet another 15 days or so on them.
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