/ boots, your 2 pence worth please
The Black Diamond Factor (that fact that I could change the sole and ski normal bindings is tempting)
The Black Diamond Quadrant (the Maestrale is lighter but has less ankle flex)
The Scarpa maestrale (has the RS improved over the normal, also lower flex than the BD boots)
The Scarpa maestrale RS. (is its worth the extra money, is it too stiff)
About me 169cm(5 foot 8), 78KG(About 12 stone 3), I would say I am a type 2 skier (http://www.skis.com/Determining-Your-Skier-Type/article-determining-your-skier-type,default,pg.html) level 8 ski-ing and I like off piste more than ski areas. I will be trying to earn my skiing by walking up hill in the uk a LOT!
Go to a good boot fitter with a decent range of boots. Tell them your requirements, ideas and budget. Let them measure you up and fit boots to you to suit your feet. Everything else is irrelevant.
Ski boots are large lumps of plastic with no give or break in. Different boots are different shapes and suit different types of feet. If your boots don't fit your feet it doesn't matter how good they are as they will just cause you pain and not be of any use to you.
Therefore for the vast majority of people looking for sight unseen recommendations is a waste of time and a big gamble as unless you're very lucky if they don't fit your feet you'll just have wasted a lot of money.
I was using a pair of Scarpa Pegasus from Glenmore lodge for the week so I know that the mold of the scarpas fit and does not rub or blister me with out a thermo fit. But I have found the BD boot a lot (£150) cheaper than the Scarpas. Just wanted to know what people think. I am worried that there is a good reason the BD boots are reduced.
Standard answer i guess is would you prefer lighter or stiffer? At the end of the day, you'll get used to skiing whatever you buy...
There's a hell of a lot of difference in the width of those three boots. Are you absolutely sure that they all fitted?
Did you try on the boots without the liners? Which gave you the most appropriate heel gap when shell fitting? (I would say aim for no more than a 20mm heel gap).
Quadrant: Good boot if they fit, but very wide.
Factor: Narrower. Somewhat heavy. Liners are lasted short in the full sizes, so difficult to get a good fit in full sizes, half sizes are better in this respect. So whether the are good boot may depend on whether you need the full or half size.
Maestrale: Light. Good if they fit, be careful with the tongue hinges as some people break them.
Maestrale RS: Might be better than the mango Maestrales if you prefer stiff boots, what have you skied in before? Did the Glenmore Lodge boots feel stiff enough? The RSs will be much stiffer than the Glenmore Lodge boots.
Thanks to every one else. great info.
The cheaper brother of the Vulcan, and available for £333 on skiinn. £550 rrp. Boom.
Also, Scott/Garmont Cosmos, Dalbello Sherpa 5/5 or Tecnica Cochise 130 Pro.
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