so after skiing on dalbello Il' moro's for the past 3 seasons, I have been
"encouraged" by some to move up to a more appropriate boot. Includig GregMerz and Phil. So I finally called Dr. Phil at Start Haus and since Phil knows my foot he suggested we go with this boot. The only difference between the RS and the RX pro is color, the RX is clear orange, with a rubber zeppa and a slightly less dense liner.
I am 6' 170 with a Just barely 10.5 foot, medium width, narrow heel and achielles with a high calf muscle. other wise my foot is very non remarkable. No allignement issues. My beds were made by Stephen, aka Skiing-in-jackson. My 26.5 shell runs 306 bsl
Visually, the boot is very upright. They are 12 degrees with a 4 degree bb. Its a mono-injected shell so its a one peice boot(lower), consistent. buckles are sleek, low profile and well crafted. the strap is sweet: wide with some elastic, like a booster strap. Again, good materials, (some use cheap velcro, this is good stuff).
Liner is a peice of art. very limited amont of seams. the toe box is one piece neo. The tongue is thickish and dense. On the outsid its reinforced with plastic with a slight ridge down the front and center. the cuff is reinforced with plastic but is cut away around ankle and not too low on the achielles. Also, they even thought of adding in a prescut and reinforced slit to run your boot heater cables through the heel and then there's a elastic tab up on the cuff to run the cable through. Nice touch!
The inside of the boot is a a micro fleece like material, soft and it turns out to be warm too.
the shape of the liner gives you and indication of what this boot is about : fit. Its anatomicaly shaped before your foot ever goes in with deep ankle and a well formed achielles area.
Shell fit: I like the tightest possible shell fit so I am in a 26.5. Iafter removing the liner and stepping in bare footed, I had about 3/8 of an inch heel to shell and laterally my foot was just about touching: perfect
Stepping in for the first time was a bit tough as the boot has a lower instep (good thing) the shell is truly a huge leap in design. Not only did I have more room front to back but the shell has a nice roomy (but not sloppy) toes box an the 6th toe area has been enlarged. On my Dalbello which were also 306's, I had to have the toe ground out and the 6th toes ground as well. aslo of note is the toe box, you can actually wiggle your toes!
buckling up I felt a universal snugness that enveloped my foot, like a firm handshake. No pressure points. I could feel the uprightness of the boot. I was stacked over my arches. Flex was stiff but smooth. This was amost too good to be true for a new out of the box boot. I used the old plumb bob to do a alligment test (non -pro) very good, standing sideways looking in a mirror, fore aft looked good as well. Knees were just at the toes when in a stance.
on the snow things just got better. I found the 1st few runs on 4" of fresh required me to rething aspects of my skiing. I could stand up more relaxed and let the flex of the boot do the drving. Small movements now created huge effects, I had to back off the input as the boot was so responsive. Just articulating ankles ws enough to move the skis to edge quickly. I was skiing Kaslte MX98's (non rockered) and the energy and response wsa amazing. I skied a steep untracked run of heavy dense snow that was a good foot deep standing on the downhill ski the boot was strong enough to allow me to drive through the gunk.
So skiing first day of the season on new untouched boots from 9- 3:30 I had no hot spots, no rubbing or otherwise. In fact, it was super comfortable and after some tightening of buckles, I didn't touch them. This is a dream boot for me and The RX represents a true improvement in technology and performance.
DAY 2: I tightened up the buckles a bit but otherwise, I didn't touch all day, I didn't even unbuckle at lunch. Performance is outstanding. Turns are more precise and I am using much less effort. Flex is perfect. Although I was concerned the 130 was going to be too stiff but not I am not softening them.
Edited by Finndog - 12/6/10 at 1:42pm