So the 293mm shell Head Raptor got me thinking. I remembered that I had a pair of new Flexons stored away for one of my kids (picked them up super cheap a couple years ago). What size were those things - holey moley they're a 293mm BSL. Hmmm, if I can get into a 293mm Head, why can't I get into a 293mm Flexon? To my astonishment I managed to make the 293mm Flexon work. Grabbed a pair of my older packed out Thermo liners (size 26.0) and they fit perfectly in the shells. There's a huge difference between the 301mm and 293mm Flexon shells. The 293mm shell is much smaller in all dimensions whereas the difference between the 310mm and the 301mm is mostly in just the length. In fact the 293mm shells use small size tongues so my Flexon tongue collection (all mediums) goes to eBay now. I also have 6 sets of Flexon 301mm shells that will all most likely hit eBay as soon as the season for ski boot purchasing starts peaking over there. Now that I know I can get into the smaller shell there's no going back to the 301mm for me.
So the plan now is to compare the Flexons (293mm) directly to the Heads (293mm) on Sunday and make a final decision about leaving the 3-piece design behind (or at least for this season ).
Bud - too bad you don't have a 25.5 Scorpion at the moment. If I decide to back out on the Raptor purchase I'll definitely talk to you about the Scorpions again.