I currently am using a Salomon X Wave 9 with Surefoot footbeds and Surefoot conformable liners. They have been good boots, but nowhere as good as my old blown out Technica Explosion8's were. I made a mistake and tried on a new Salomon Falcon 10 yesterday and have never felt such comfort and full foot wrap and contact in a boot. I was not at a "bootfitter", just a shop who carries boots and I was just shopping a bit. Now I am thinking I need a pair of these boots, but am hesitant to buy from a place that doesn't really "do" boots. The owner made me a price I almost can't refuse, but I want to be sure I am not making a mistake. Is the Falcon the same basic shape and design as the Xwave as far as foot type, and is the flex stiff enough? It actually felt a bit softer than my current boots, but the flex was oh so smooth and consistent, where my Xwave's seem to be fairly stiff, but almost shut off at a point. Also, I did not realize just how big and bulky my current Xwaves were until I tries the Falcon side by side. Is there as big a difference between these 2 boots as I sense, or is it just the "new" feeling of a boot vs a boot that has been ridden hard for 5 years? Thanks for the help! By the way, I am 6-0, 200lbs, ski fast and hard off piste, no park tricks but some jumps. I'll say I'm an 8.5, not a 9, so no one gets bent about my self categorizing. I ski Squaw mostly, but do a few trips each year to wherever the urge takes me. Sorry for the loooong post.
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1/8/08 at 6:25pm