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2011 Tecnica Inferno 130

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Title:  The "Orange" one

 

Product: 2011 Inferno 130

 

Length/size Tested: 25.5

 

Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review: North Lake Tahoe region

*Runs Taken: many

*Snow Conditions: varied

*Demo or Purchase: Purchased

 

Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):

 

While I have been in a 3 buckle boot for the past 25 years, this was my first endeavor into owning a 4 buckle boot...ever. I went from 5-2-1-3-1-3 buckles over the past 35 years of skiing. While my curiosity was peaked last year with the new Lange RS and the Dalbello Scorpion, I chose to settle on the Tecnica due to (ever so) slight fit variations that worked better with MY foot, as with ANY boot, you need to make these decision yourself with the addition of a good fitter. While I have been on a 26 shell for the past two boots (Flexon and Krypton) it would have taken a good amount of work for me to get them to work for my foot in 25's, with the Tecnica (as with the other two boots mentioned) the 25 shell fits fantastic with absolutely no lower shell work. With my skinny chicken legs, I did need to do some cuff work. 

 

This series of Tecnica does offer a great option of switching to a replaceable sole, the clear inserts can be removed and a new sole can be added. This is a great option of someone needs canting or a good amount of walking. As far as canting, my Dalbellos were much more upright, and I needed to get the soles planed, with these, the natural stance in 1* out so I was neutral in the boot right from the start. 

 

I have the boot set up with a Booster Strap, InstaPrint footbeds and Hotronic M4 heaters. 

 

 

 

Tester Info:

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Average days on snow:  30+  

Years Skiing:  15+  

 

Aggressiveness:  Aggressive 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post


 With my skinny chicken legs, I did need to do some cuff work. 


 


I've been waiting for someone to post on these ... I have the same boot this season, my feet are happy but I'm having trouble above the ankle. (Amost the exact opposite of my last boots.) I will be returning to SBF to have some things worked on, but I am curious how yours is working. Greg did move the cuff buckles over to accommodate my leg, but I can't get the tongue to stay in place. It migrates toward the outside constantly. That stock strap doesn't seem to fit very well, and I don't know if it's because the shell is in a different place with the buckles moved? I want to put my Boosters on, but I haven't been able to get that plate off the boot spine. (How did you do that? Did you just take it off, slip out the stock strap and slide the Booster through it? With what tool? I don't have an allen wrench that fits.)
 

Have you had any trouble with this seam in the liner? I sometimes get a very sore spot on the inside shin right above my ankle, where the seam with different materials is

IMG_0223.jpg

 

Greg did kind of cut this out, but I still feel it toward the end of the day, or when the tongue moves over (the hard edge of the tongue sits right on that spot when it moves). In fact, I'm not a fan of the tongue in any manner, really. When I flex forward, it almost feels too short. I assume some of the issues with it will be fixed when I go back in to get the cuff softened up a little bit and can snug the boot up tighter, but I'm mildly nervous that the liner just doesn't mesh with my leg shape very well.

 

That said, I skied all day at Mary Jane yesterday, which means mostly bumps and trees, and I wasn't really too bad off until 3:45, so obviously the issues are not major. Just curious if others had any liner/cuff discomforts like I have.

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Great review, Phil..... I've been eyeing this boot, cause I've seen it before and it seems like is superior quality...

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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post


 With my skinny chicken legs, I did need to do some cuff work. 


 


I've been waiting for someone to post on these ... I have the same boot this season, my feet are happy but I'm having trouble above the ankle. (Amost the exact opposite of my last boots.) I will be returning to SBF to have some things worked on, but I am curious how yours is working. Greg did move the cuff buckles over to accommodate my leg, but I can't get the tongue to stay in place. It migrates toward the outside constantly. That stock strap doesn't seem to fit very well, and I don't know if it's because the shell is in a different place with the buckles moved? I want to put my Boosters on, but I haven't been able to get that plate off the boot spine. (How did you do that? Did you just take it off, slip out the stock strap and slide the Booster through it? With what tool? I don't have an allen wrench that fits.)
 

Have you had any trouble with this seam in the liner? I sometimes get a very sore spot on the inside shin right above my ankle, where the seam with different materials is

IMG_0223.jpg

 

Greg did kind of cut this out, but I still feel it toward the end of the day, or when the tongue moves over (the hard edge of the tongue sits right on that spot when it moves). In fact, I'm not a fan of the tongue in any manner, really. When I flex forward, it almost feels too short. I assume some of the issues with it will be fixed when I go back in to get the cuff softened up a little bit and can snug the boot up tighter, but I'm mildly nervous that the liner just doesn't mesh with my leg shape very well.

 

That said, I skied all day at Mary Jane yesterday, which means mostly bumps and trees, and I wasn't really too bad off until 3:45, so obviously the issues are not major. Just curious if others had any liner/cuff discomforts like I have.


Seg,

 

I haven't been noticing the problem you are talking about. I drilled the last set of holes out and I cut off the excess plastic, I also shaved about 1/3" off of teh front flaps of the upper cuff because it was giving me instep bite. As far as the Booster, the strap (even with the "powerlock") could not be gotten tight enough and I was getting some slippage so the two allen bolt LOOKING screws (they are cosmetic) rivets in the back, have to be drilled out and replaced when installing the booster strap. 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post



the two allen bolt LOOKING screws (they are cosmetic) rivets in the back, have to be drilled out and replaced when installing the booster strap. 


Okay, that's good to know .. I couldn't figure out how they were actually supposed to work. Do you put the Booster around the shell or the tongue?

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I have not looked at the Inferno straps but on my 2009 Diablo Pro Race 110s, I merely unbolted the allen screws and replaced with Booster straps (with holes created) and reinserted the bolts. no problem

 

Phil,

As mentioned, I am in the Pro Race and like the forward lean of this shell. I also have a pair of Falcon 10s that have a more upright stance which I have stopped skiing due to my preference for more forward lean. Do you like the position these boots put you in?

Regarding fitting the boots; with the Pro Race shell, I have found almost everyone gets a pressure point in front/above the outside ankle bone. Grinding this alleviates the problem with the older shell. Maybe it is also necessary with the Inferno. I also ground the toe and heel area to help me fit into the 26 shell size. A 27 shell is just to big for my low volume foot.

I am very interested in how the boot skied for you; how did you like it compared to prior boots?

I also loved how my Lange comp 120s skied but could not get them to fit as I like but am interested in the new, more upright Lange RX and the Inferno.

Thank you for the review.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post



the two allen bolt LOOKING screws (they are cosmetic) rivets in the back, have to be drilled out and replaced when installing the booster strap. 


Okay, that's good to know .. I couldn't figure out how they were actually supposed to work. Do you put the Booster around the shell or the tongue?



On the outside



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Originally Posted by TrickySr. View Post

I have not looked at the Inferno straps but on my 2009 Diablo Pro Race 110s, I merely unbolted the allen screws and replaced with Booster straps (with holes created) and reinserted the bolts. no problem

 

Phil,

As mentioned, I am in the Pro Race and like the forward lean of this shell. I also have a pair of Falcon 10s that have a more upright stance which I have stopped skiing due to my preference for more forward lean. Do you like the position these boots put you in?

Regarding fitting the boots; with the Pro Race shell, I have found almost everyone gets a pressure point in front/above the outside ankle bone. Grinding this alleviates the problem with the older shell. Maybe it is also necessary with the Inferno. I also ground the toe and heel area to help me fit into the 26 shell size. A 27 shell is just to big for my low volume foot.

I am very interested in how the boot skied for you; how did you like it compared to prior boots?

I also loved how my Lange comp 120s skied but could not get them to fit as I like but am interested in the new, more upright Lange RX and the Inferno.

Thank you for the review.


The new ones are riveted, not screwed, when I put the Boosters on, I used screws there. As far as teh more upright stance, that is what I was looking for when I left my Kryptons and this new generation of boot offers that. I don't have ankle bode issues, but everyone IS different and we have had to do punches there in every kid of boot, not just limited to Infernos. 

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thanks for the review..interessting, I was considering this too. My only concern is warmth many times (i get cold fast) but this may be OK for that too

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 I finally gave up on the liners -- I had some DFPs molded last week, have skied them 2 days, and smile.gif.

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 

. With my skinny chicken legs, I did need to do some cuff work. 

 

 

 

^Suffer from this as well - can you outline what was done?  This boot is "on the list" of ones I will be trying on in Telluride next week (along with Lange RS and Scorpions).  Also did the metal in the base of that boot matter any w/ respect to making is a cold boot?

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I moved the buckles over to the third holes (after I drilled them out) and cut off about 1 1/2" of the plastic allowing the buckle to work better. I shaved about 3/8" off the front of the upper cuff allowing the boot to get snugger and allowing it to flex better. I also lowered the rear spoiler as low as I could to take up a bit of volume. 

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Thanks
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do the boots come with other rivets in the box because when i tried to screw the screws out the rivet and plastic turned with it when i tried to put on my boosters.

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do the boots come with other rivets in the box because when i tried to screw the screws out the rivet and plastic turned with it when i tried to put on my boosters.



No. The rivets (they are not screws) in for the stock power strap need to be dremeled out. The you need replacement screws to put on the booster strap. The screws and T-nuts that are used for buckles tend to work very well. I would suggest going back to the shop you bought the booster strap from and ask for 4 of them.

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