Hey there I'm looking at purchasing a new boot this year with the current sales happening here in Vancouver. I am considering the BD Factor or the Garmont Radium. I want to use the boot for my everyday boot as well as my tour set up. I don't do any multi day stuff, other than a hut trip once a year 3-5 days, but skiing out of the same home base, no huge days. My thought are going with the Dynafit set up for my tour days & skiing on a Duke or Fritschi for my resort or slack country days. I currently have a 3 year old Adrenaline which is beat & but still go back to my alpine boot for the resort days & the slack country. Will the Factor or Radium solve my problems & can I say good by to the alpine boot? Or should I wait until next season, is there anything new coming out?
Black Diamond Factor or Garmont Radium
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You should post this in the AT/Tele forum. And check over at TGR, were they have several long threads on Factor comparos.(They tend to lionize 'em.) I bought a pair of Factors this fall, never had enough snow anywhere to justify using them. All I can say is that in a store they fit and flex amazingly like a Sollie Gun but a touch stiffer, maybe a true 100 (forget the 130 crap; complete hallucination), and they have a nice smooth walk mode. I tried a few Garmonts, the fronts were too narrow and the back were too wide, so very different fit for very different feet. Y' gotta go try 'em.
So I'm actually going to make them my only out west boot, probably paired with a Blizzard so I can switch out the Duke with a Alpine setup. You have to buy a Dynafit compatible toe insert separately, but it's only $30 for so and easy to switch. Also check out the guy on TGR who's doing a startup making aluminum plates that you can put onto any flat ski, switch between Dyns and Dukes or various combos of Looks or Sollies jsut with machine screws. All for 5 oz. Jondrums, I think. And as always, YMMV, I'm not all that experienced in AT.