Ski boot suggestions needed

Discussion in 'Boots' started by Cheizz, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Cheizz

    Cheizz Craving camber Skier

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2016
    Posts:
    220
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    I'm in the market for a new ski boot. The past three seasons, I have skied the Fischer Ranger 12 Vacuüm Fit. But they are wearing out and in the future I will be able to use the boot in tech bindings, as well as in alpine bindings. I've done some online research myself and found one boot that - on paper - meets my criteria (2017 Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN), but I wonder what else is out there?

    Criteria:
    - Flex 110-120 (I'm a level 7 skier, 87 kg, 1.82 m)
    - Fits both alpine bindings (ISO 5355) and tech bindings, possibly with easy to switch sole pads? I want to take them skinning as well as use them in technical training on my cheater GS skis on piste...
    - Not too wide: my right foot is 99 mm wide, the other 102 mm, length is resp. 26.2 and 26.3 cm (my Rangers are mondo 26.5 and they fit well)
    - I have a fairly narrow heel and ankle, so not too wide in that area either
    - Not too heavy (will be alright if they're designed for touring, I guess)
    - Walk and ski mode + lots of cuff movement in walk mode (will not be a problem in that type of boot, I imagine)

    Any models I should definately look out for (other than the Tecnica Cochise 120 DYN)?
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
  2. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Head First Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2015
    Posts:
    3,398
    Just to make sure I understand correctly - you are saying NO to WTR and ISO 9523?
     
  3. Cheizz

    Cheizz Craving camber Skier

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2016
    Posts:
    220
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    ISO 9523 is only the rubber sole, right?

    Let put it this way: one boot that I can ski in on my Völkl Racetigers, but also on a ski with a tech binding.
     
  4. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Head First Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2015
    Posts:
    3,398
    OK, 'coz that opens the options onto things like the new Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD.
     
    neonorchid likes this.
  5. hbear

    hbear Getting on the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2016
    Posts:
    255
    I hear the new Technica is going to be great.
    However I'll also assume you are aware of the trade off between alpine downhill performance and ability to use tech bindings while able to easily/comfortably skin.
    E.g. a big ask for the boot and one where you either lean toward either end of the spectrum or are stuck with a boot that does neither very well.

    Most everybody around here has different boots for lift serve ripping and skinning/touring for that very reason. A boot that can provide good performance while ripping on your Racetigers while also be appropriate for touring (light, lots of ROM, etc) doesn't truly exist. Something that might be adequate perhaps, but nothing that can do both well.
     
    DanoT and Mendieta like this.
  6. Jed Peters

    Jed Peters World's Most "Okayest" Skier Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2015
    Posts:
    785
    Location:
    Sacramento
    You should totally get the ones that fit your feet.
     
    Swede, TahoeCharlie, Philpug and 3 others like this.
  7. raytseng

    raytseng Putting on skis Skier

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2016
    Posts:
    71
    Location:
    SF Bay Area
    What's wearing out with your Rangers? (I have Ranger 12s too)

    It seems strange that you need them replaced already due to wear. If you want something new for other reasons, thats a different story.


    If it's the soles, they are replaceable. I already had the soles on my Rangers replaced once, and also bought a 2nd set of soles for 2years down the line in case they stop selling the soles.


    That being said, at least on my Rangers I do think the walk/hike mode gives it a broken "spine" and is a big compromise in performance to have that feature, so take that into consideration even compared to other all-mountain boot.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
    hbear likes this.
  8. neonorchid

    neonorchid Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Posts:
    1,272
    What the Tech ... fuhgedaboutit! There are better options -
    https://www.wildsnow.com/22270/atomic-hawx-ultra-xtd-130-review/
    http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/2017-2018-atomic-hawx-ultra-xtd-130
    https://www.wildsnow.com/21401/atomic-hawx-frreeride-touring-gear-new/

    http://blistergearreview.com/gear-reviews/cast-pivot-freetour-system

    https://www.wildsnow.com/22228/fritschi-tecton-test-review/
     
  9. pais alto

    pais alto me encanta el país alto Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2015
    Posts:
    746
    Location:
  10. no edge

    no edge At the base lodge Skier

    Joined:
    May 17, 2017
    Posts:
    3
     
  11. cem

    cem Putting on skis Industry Insider Bootfitter

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    58
    Location:
    a gridlocked town in middle England
    for next season the lange XT free tour, will have a compatible alpine sole as well as the WTR?pin sole, but that and the ones listed above are pretty much your lot, you are looking for the needle in the haystack of boots and whilst these boots have an alpine ISO 5355 sole none of them are TUV certified as the pin inserts create a break in the radius of the toe piece (they all work and have been tested by TUV they just don't have the bit of paper as yet due to a technicality)

    good luck with your quest, personally i would be looking at a good alpine boot and a lighter weight touring boot, but hey that's just me ;)
     
    hbear, Philpug and Cheizz like this.
  12. Cheizz

    Cheizz Craving camber Skier

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2016
    Posts:
    220
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Thanks. After quickly fitting some of the models mentioned (Cochise, Quest, Freetour - already available as a sample, lucky me: I would need the sample size of 26.5), I realize that none of those options fit. I simply wouldn't ski in them.

    So I guess I will be looking for two boots (alpine and touring), The Alpine boot being higher priority than the touring boot. But thanks all for helping me sorting this out.
     
  13. cem

    cem Putting on skis Industry Insider Bootfitter

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2015
    Posts:
    58
    Location:
    a gridlocked town in middle England
    be wary of writing off boots if they are not perfect out the box, what were the problems?
    your boot fitter should be able to make some pretty major changes to a boot if required, was the freetour the LV or the 100mm last? that 3mm makes a lot of difference if you have a wider foot
     
  14. Cheizz

    Cheizz Craving camber Skier

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2016
    Posts:
    220
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Well, they didn't fit well in almost every area: toes, instep, heel, ankle... In contrast, some new alpine boots I tried on fit properly, ie I could see myself skiing all day in them. My main point: I've come back from the idea of 'one boot to do it all'.
     
  15. neonorchid

    neonorchid Getting off the lift Skier

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Posts:
    1,272
    I too had the same fit trouble with all of the above beef boots you tried.
    I'm still interested in trying an Atomic Hawk Ultra XTD something next season. Fortunately I still pretty happy with my Salomon X-max 120 Alpine boots so am in no hurry and can entertain a two boot quiver.
    The "real" backcountry skiers will tell you a two boot approach is the best way to go, beef boot = jack of all trades, master of none.
     

Share This Page