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New boots (yes again) -what about the exoskeleton type?

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I am looking to get new boots this year and am torn between the usual alpine boots and the "new" exoskeleton types with a snow boot inside due to the comfort factor and the less weight to lug around?

I only ski on piste, decent intermediate on the odd black but mainly reds/blues. Ski at least a week a year maybe more on occasion.

I havent in the past had trouble in getting alpine boots to fit. No extreme pain etc. Had a pair of my own but never had custom footbeds I think these new boots will likely take me to the end of my time skiing.

Cost wise the exoskeleton boots look initially more expensive starting at about £450. I would look at the Dahu Monsieur Ed Ski Boots.

If it makes a difference I would get the normal boots at Ski Bartlett which is not too far whereas the Dahu boots fitter would be some distance.

So what do I do? Stay with tried and tested, or go with the new? Thoughts? Things to consider?
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Exo boots are heavier and clunkier ( longer bsl) than regular. If Terry at Bartletts can't sort you out with a boot than you've probably got really freaky feet.
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@ster, go with the new and review.

That way we learn from your potential mistakes... wink
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@ster, your next boots are going to last you more than 20 years Shocked
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
Exo boots are heavier and clunkier ( longer bsl) than regular. If Terry at Bartletts can't sort you out with a boot than you've probably got really freaky feet.


I dont think my feet are freaky and am sure any bootfitter worth their salt could fit them. I am just wondering if the exoskelton type could be a good option given my (lack of) skiiing ambition and their benefits, or are they just a gimmick, not even fit for decent recreational skiers. I wouldn’t mind not lugging heavy ski boots around if it could be helped and just unclipping and walking in a near normal fashion........maybe I should snowboard.

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@ster, go with the new and review.

That way we learn from your potential mistakes... wink


I am a usually follower not a leader/early adoptor, thus ski on piste only. And I probably couldn't tell if it was a poor boot or my lack of ability causing poor performance!

holidayloverxx wrote:
@ster, your next boots are going to last you more than 20 years Shocked


Well I reckon I’ve got ten more years until one of the money runs ours; the decline of snowfall in Europe; or my knees give out.
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So any other tips on these?
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I haven't tried these so this really just my thoughts based on what we can see online:

Their whole premise is based on comfort and convenience. There's not even the tiniest suggestion that they'll be better to ski in so if you're at all interested in improving your skiing, maybe mastering short turns or moguls for example, then I'd avoid them as they're almost certainly softer and slower to react than a normal ski boot. On the other hand if you're happy cruising on the slopes making relaxed turns then that shouldn't be a problem.

Will they really be more convenient? I tend to keep my ski boots in a locker by the lifts so the only convenience for me would possible be lunchtime up the mountains, where I have to admit I've had some close calls from ski boots slipping on shiny floors. What would you do with the outer shell at lunchtime anyway? I wouldn't dare leave them on the ski so would have to carry them with me and that doesn't sound very convenient.

I'd also worry a little bit about durability. We could probably walk around in our normal ski boot liners if we wanted to but they wouldn't last very long. I guess if it's only for a week or two a year and you weren't planning to walk for miles each day then they should be fine.

Bottom line? I like the idea but for me the questions on performance and durability outweigh the potential benefits of comfort and convenience. You might reach a different conclusion but at least you'll have thought through the issues.

If you do buy some, be sure to come back and let us know how you get on.
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I looked at these but bought Atomic Hawx Ultras.

So glad I did as I love them... and that's coming from the comfort of wearing snowboard boots for 30 years.
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@ster, a quote to me by a Snowsports England Tutor, who has been testing the Apex boot this summer (personally i think the Apex is the better of the two) he delivered a L3 coaching course in a pair, his comment was, "i was fine delivering the course, but i am sure i wouldn't want to be doing the course in a pair"
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