KingGrump. Sensible stuff. I have to think that the Tecnica folks stole into my house one night and took a mold of my foot. The XT17 is the best fitting boot I ever bought. Got them for $50 (used) but have to replace the blown out liner - and did with the leather Dobie lace up - looks like a boxing boot. Perfect fit. No hot spots, pressure points or pinching. I already replaced the stock strap with a Booster and have custom footbeds. Only reason I moved a away from them a few years ago is because I found them too stiff (esp in sub zero temps) and pitched a bit too foward. But that just reflected problems with my technique which I have since cleaned up with some intensive coaching this summer. And snow would blow into the shell making them rather uncomfortable for a typical Maine day in Feb.
Bought the Kryptons two years ago. Great flex and upright postion. But I could never get them to fit right even with three or four reheatings of an intuition liner. If I could only get the great flex and stance of the Krypton with the glove-like fit of the Tecnica, I would be a happy man.
If the Hotronics are "wife-approved" they are on my holiday shopping list. Suggest the 3 or 4 model?
ssh, appreciate your reply. I know from your vintage posts that you are an XT alum.
I think that a combination of all the suggestions may do the trick - better socks, bone dry liners, Boot Glove and fresh duct tape. And then heaters if need be.
Read your review of the Dobie Aggressors with interest. Frankly the idea of a 150 flex makes my previously bloodied shins cringe. As I mature in my approach to our passion, I have come the conclusion that softer (at least in very limitied respects) is better. It is one thing I like about the Krypts, which are no where near 150. And I have a theory that a boot's stiffnes increases considerably here in Maine where we often ski in the -10 to 10 F range. So how would you compare the stiffnes of the Aggressors 150 to the XT's? And is the XT last closer to the 94/95mm of the Aggressor or 99mm for the Pro - if you have any idea? Like I said in my original post, the XT's are a perfect fit - snug heel and ankle and blossom up beautiful in the forefoot with zero toe crunch (unlike the Krypts).
I went over Ski-Depot, out local race Mecca. No Aggressors listed for 2010. Only a Doberman WC EDT boot. Same you think?
SJ, Googled these but found nothing. And zip on the Tecnica site as well. Are they known by another name?