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.
Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb
Average days on snow: 30+
Years Skiing: 15+