As promised, a comparative review.
I have skied the Krypton Cross, 295 with the silver thermofit ID liner and custom footbeds for 4 seasons, the last two mated to 177 Volkl AC50's. I'm 6', 230 lbs., level 8, skiing all terrain but avoiding hucking as I prefer my skis on the snow and do not have a pilot license.
This year I switched to the Krypton Pro, 285 with the gold ID thermo fit liner and new custom footbeds set up for a 140 flex and fitted with the stiffer footboard. In comparison, the Cross have a 120 flex.
I moved to the smaller size after rechecking my shell fit. Both have a 98mm last shell. Note, the 98mm last is for a 265 and you should add approx 3mm for each full size increase, ie 275, 285, etc. In adddition, the last width is at the bottom of the boot and will increase slightly when your foot is raised with the foot boards / foot beds. Proper shell fitting is a must to insure correct sizing.
Last weekend on my AC50's I skied at Killington, Vt. one day on the Cross's and the next on the Pro's after adjusting the bindings to the smaller shell. Conditions were packed snow gun powder, hard pack/ice and snow gun crud/mogels with skiing limited to the handful of blue/black trails open. Temperture was approx. 27.
Both boots were equally warm with a firm/comfortable fit including excellent heel hold. Both boots allowed good edge transition and control in crud/mogels and felt best with a slightly forward stance. However, the Pro's, with a 10-15% stiffer liner had significantly better ski feel and edge control. I was able to initiate quicker, more precise turns and experiened improved control on icy conditions by being able to engage/hold a stronger edge. Same skis felt sharper skiing the second day with the Pro's. The Cross's were more forgiving in the bumps due to the softer flex but I enjoyed / appreciated the improved ski control of the Pro's skiing the same bumped conditions. I am certain both the smaller size, stiffer liner and higher flex settings contributed to the improved control. Note that the Pro's come with two foot boards and tongues which allow considerable tuning of boot characteristics.
Bottom line, the Pro's are now my new favorite boot. If you are both on the large size as I am and ski aggressively, I would recommend the Pro's. If lighter and less aggressive then the Cross is the way to go. In between, get the Pro's and adjust flex and foot boards accordingly. For either boot I highly recommend a custom footbed. The 3 buckle, thermo fit system has worked better for me - fit, comfort, heel hold, warmth - than any other boot I've owned. The performance of the Cross is excellent while the perfromance of the Pro is outstanding. If it is a boot that works for your foot, should definitely consider.
Falcon_O aka Charlie
Edited by falcon_o - 12/9/10 at 4:52am