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Flex/ Control System

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I went to the local ski shop and found my dream boot!


I finally found the perfect boot; the Tecnica Vento 8- $260.00.
These were on a %50 sale, off of $525.00.
These boots were supposedly Demo Boots, but there was no difference in the overall feel than the Tecnica Diablo's I also tried on.

I wear a size 11 shoe, but found that the 28.5 sized boot fit perfectly.
Now all I need to do is Demo skis, and next year I'll buy the perfect ski, hopefully for half off!!

Thanks!
Greg
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post #2 of 15
Your question is?.....
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Haha Sorry, i got carried away.
Anyway, What does the Flex/Control System do in the back of the boot?
Do you feel the difference when you are skiing, because when I turned ther switch in my living room, nothing felt changed. Thanks

greg
post #4 of 15
If you pull the inner boot out of the shell you will be able to see how the mechanism works (may be a plastic cover over the mechanism?". There is basically a slot that allows the two sides of the lower shell to come closer together as you flex the boot. By blocking this travel with the mechanism the shell does not flex as far or as easily. This particular boot is on the softer side of the scale. The difference may not be as apparent as when on the slopes skiing.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by SmugglingStowe View Post
Hi everyone,

I went to the local ski shop and found my dream boot!


I finally found the perfect boot; the Tecnica Vento 8- $260.00.
These were on a %50 sale, off of $525.00.
These boots were supposedly Demo Boots, but there was no difference in the overall feel than the Tecnica Diablo's I also tried on.

I wear a size 11 shoe, but found that the 28.5 sized boot fit perfectly.
Now all I need to do is Demo skis, and next year I'll buy the perfect ski, hopefully for half off!!

Thanks!
Greg
I venture to add that if this boot feels "GREAT" out of the box, without being heat molded(assuming it can be) it's probably to large for your foot, Try shell sizing the boot, if you get more than 15mm behind your heel(with toes just touching front of shell) in the shell "IT,S TO BIG" 4 days of skiing and it will feel like a bucket, Consider "price" isn't everything, and buying it because it's a deal will be with you for the life of the boot. I wear an 11 shoe and ski in a 27 mondo (315 sole length) boot.

Happy Skiing
miketsc
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I tried on the Boot, and it felt "GREAT". What do you mean by wearing a bucket? Meaning that the linings will expand and that my foot will be wobbling all over the place?
Luckily for me, I am not completely done growing (15) so my feet will expand into the boot for, hopefully, a great fit.
Thanks for the Opinion,
Greg
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by SmugglingStowe View Post
I tried on the Boot, and it felt "GREAT". What do you mean by wearing a bucket? Meaning that the linings will expand and that my foot will be wobbling all over the place?
Luckily for me, I am not completely done growing (15) so my feet will expand into the boot for, hopefully, a great fit.
Thanks for the Opinion,
Greg
Greg,

Do yourself a favour and shell fit your boots as suggested - so you can take them back if they're too big. It is very unusual for your feet to grow more than 1/2 size from 15 years old on (unless you get pregnant).
post #8 of 15
Greg:
It seems from your posts that you must be a reader of this column and know that trying the boot on and basing your decision to buy on "it feels great" is the last and most inaccurate way to judge a boot purchase.
post #9 of 15
greg,

sounds very much like the guys are right on the nail with this one, the boots sound like they are too big, check them to find out and satisfy yourself and all who have posted to help you, if they are too big then they will ruin your skiing experience and possibly your feet too

good luck
post #10 of 15
I'm more concerned by a Vento feeling like a Diablo, goes to show the level of feeling displayed by trying the boot and not getting it fitted.

Greg do you see what i'm getting at, if you can't feel the difference between 2 different moulds how can you be sure you also have the right size.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SMALLZOOKEEPER View Post
I'm more concerned by a Vento feeling like a Diablo, goes to show the level of feeling displayed by trying the boot and not getting it fitted.

Greg do you see what i'm getting at, if you can't feel the difference between 2 different moulds how can you be sure you also have the right size.
Yes, I understand what you are getting at. That was a dumb comment for me to say because the Diablos felt great (except the price was a little out of my range).

You may think I bought these boots just for the price. I did, BUT after trying on many other pairs, I felt that these boots are the best for me.

The only boots i have been using before were Rental boots, Rossignol somethingrathers. I never had any problems with those. With the step up from rental boots to the Tecnica boots, I feel there won't be any problem with these boots, (Because of how the fit on my feet.)

I am going to have a hell of a time using these boots, and thankfully I have hopefully 50-60+ more years of skiing, and by then I will probably have gone through a nice number of boots!

What exactly is this shell fitting? Thanks for all the constructive criticism

Greg
post #12 of 15
Greg:
At this point you are reading or hearing if you want but not listening. Trying boots on and determining by feel if they are tight enough "Does not work". Since shell fit has been explained probably hundreds of times in this forum the best thing for us (at least for me) is to not type it again. Read through the posts (there is a boot fit post at the very top of this forum). Once you understand then check your boots and get back to us and we will be able to help.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
Once you understand then check your boots and get back to us and we will be able to help.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say;

No we won't be able to help at all. I, for one, don't really think we should keep trying. Would a professional consultant in any other industry disseminate free DIY advice via the internet? I doubt it. There are MANY boot issues that we can help with via this forum, I think we can do a lot of good. I think the most important 'Good' we can do is to help skiers understand that boot fitters can make a HUGE difference in their enjoyment of the sport, but...

There should be a stock answer to anyone who is looking to avoid paying for professional boot fitting, then posting a "Do These Fit?" thread. I think it should be;

"I'm sure you'll get your money's worth"

Greg, I have no doubt that your new boots will be a huge improvement over the rental boots you've been using. They will be more comfortable, warmer and perform better, you'll be happy... but there is no way that you bought what we would consider 'the right size/ shape' boot by trying it on by yourself without even knowing what a shell fit is. You now have a choice, do you start to chase after a high performance fit or do you choose to be happy with an improvement over a rental boot and some $$ saved? Choice is yours.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
[quote=
Greg, I have no doubt that your new boots will be a huge improvement over the rental boots you've been using. They will be more comfortable, warmer and perform better, you'll be happy... but there is no way that you bought what we would consider 'the right size/ shape' boot by trying it on by yourself without even knowing what a shell fit is. You now have a choice, do you start to chase after a high performance fit or do you choose to be happy with an improvement over a rental boot and some $$ saved? Choice is yours.[/quote]

I agree 100% with what you have said.
These boots are definitely an improvement, But I am 15, and do not need to pay $20 an hour for custom boot fitting. I love the sport, but at my age, I don't think that boot fitting would be a right choice.

And Of course I know that a boot-fitter could have made these boots feel fantastic.

These will not be the last pair of boots I own, for I have many more years of skiing left

Anyway, I did not post this thread to ask "Do these boots fit". I posted this thread for a question about the flex/control system, and How it works. This idea of a "Do these fit" thread just popped out after I told everyone that these boots feel great, the size at which I bought them etc.

Thanks again,
Greg
post #15 of 15
Greg:
Good answer. You are happy with the boots, so we are done. If after skiing them you are not so happy, then you'll have learned and will end up purchasing another pair. Best way to learn is from experience. Enjoy them and have a great season.

Lou
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