More on the Falcon 10 & Falcon shell...a bootfitter's perspective
I'm going to start this with no order as I have my Falcon 10 boots right in front of me...
I waffle on the fact that it doesn't have a replaceable heel/toe. I have to walk in my boots a lot & have found the heel toe wearing pretty well.Attachment 4218
I've skied in these boots for over 220 days (with the stock liner- but I'll get to that later). I have to walk to the public transportation bus and across the gravel pit they call they Ranch Lot here in JH- how many of you have had the pleasure? . I'm impressed with the wear. They look pretty scuffed up, but are well within din standards and plenty of life in them.
I don't go OB too often, but having to hike in them across rocky terrain and increased sole wear is a complaint that I hear from many on the sales floor. I've not had the opportunity to see a pair that has been used excessively OB crossing rocky ground. I think it can't be any worse than the Ranch Lot.
From a fitting point of view, I love the 3 position buckle over the instep. I have mine in the middle, highest, position as I have a higher instep and like light pressure in that region of my foot.
I've gone 220+ days on the stock liner. That's almost unheard of in a stock liner. I'm 6'2" & weigh about two hundy with a pack & ski clothes. I'm not a fan of boot driers (I'll tackle that in another post), so I take out my liners every night. I put them about three feet from a baseboard heater. The liner looks brand new.
Mind you these have been removed and reinserted at least 220+ times:Attachment 4219
I took out the piece of felt they call a foot bed and used a conformable orthotic. I was initially uncomfortable in this liner as I thought it would never pack out. I remember being well into January before I thought things were getting comfortable. I didn't heat fit the liner and did my “ten movies standing in your boots before you hit the snow”. That made the boots skiable, but not really comfortable. The few times I've heat fit these boots, I advise people against it and have found it makes the boots too roomy to fast. I always advise against Salomon's recommended heat fit.
The Falcon 10 is not the warmest boot in the market- far from it, but I rarely only ski more than a 3-5 hours. If it is a really nice day, it is usually snowing and therefore warmer so getting cold isn't an issue.
The shell, @ 98mm fits me great. I don't place a met pad in my boots, but due to wider feet wanting to cram into this popular boot, I've placed some. A few times I've taken out the bolts on the back. I suggest people ski the boot a few times to see if they like the flex- almost everybody does.
People say the shell leaks. I don't think that, because of the clear shell, I oft get complaints that people see ice inside. I know I've seen ice/condensation on the inside of mine, but I think that may be present in every ski boot. To clarify the point, I can see wisps of ice between the shell and the liner.
Where the pencil is pointing I see the ice wisps-but I think this may be present in every boot to some degree.Attachment 4215
I put very little pressure on the front two buckles of my boot my boot- you should too. My instep is high enough that the seal on the shell engages the other side very well. I am pleased with the seal at the front of the boot, I think it does a fine job OK sealing the boot. When I fit the boot to persons with a low intsep, I was worried the front boot seal would not get tight enough to keep out water, but I've heard no complaints.Attachment 4216
I've run this boot stock for two years, and will likely be ordering a new one this year. It is a quality product.
My daughter and son hiked up the butte next to where we live a few afternoons ago. Here is a great pic of Cache Creek drainage- looking South East over the town of Jackson. She and my son age 10, hiked up the butte with the camera...Attachment 4217