After getting into a new shop, there were several lines that I wasn't that familiar with- one being Garmont.
I like a stiffer narrow boot, preferably one with a replaceable sole, so this was pretty high on the list, but it wasn't a deal breaker though. The Shaman comes with a DIN sole and one with some tread on it that is slightly rockered on the front piece. I believe it is 98mm under the foot. I usually wear a size 10.5 street shoe, my Falcons are a size 27.5 with a 315mm sole length. These are a UK 8. The sticker on the front toe says "MP 27.0, US 8.5, FR 42". For being 2mm longer than my Falcons at 317mm sole length, they fit a lot shorter.
The Shaman has a very contoured heel pocket that fits my ankle very well. Keeping in line with the AT heritage of the Garmont line, the toe box is tall, but not excessively boxy. Most of the AT boots I try on have a toe box that it too wide or boxy. That's great for touring, but I'll be using this boot primarily inbounds with the DIN sole. I may get a pair of Dukes or Barons, but will likely ski on a Jester (again). I have to make that derision buy 2PM.
Under the foot, the boots feel great. Today will be my first day in them. There is a slight hot spot on my right foot at the "sixth met". My shell fit is approx 8 mm, so it's pretty snug down there, but not too racey. My orthotic is a Conform'able with about 250 days on it and it's still going strong.
For the Bootfitting crowd, you can see the zeppa in the background. It can be easily ground if you need it. I can't remember the ramp angle right now, but it is not too steep. This boot has a less aggressive forward lean than my venerable Falcon 10s, but the cuff/power strap combo is slightly taller. The power strap is not as burly as the one on the Falcon. It not stretchy, just straight up webbing w/ Velcro. The Flex is marked at 130, but most of Garmont's material (& the Rep) says it is really 120.
I'll let you know how they perform later tonight.
And the bonus pic:
My son hotdoggin' it at the Village yesterday. The Village skied great, as we got about 6 new the day before... Bluebird skies and cold temps kept the snow great.