I just got the Salomon Quest 12 because i wanted a stiffer boot and wanted a boot that would be easier to hike with. They feel so good on my feet I'm considering using them in the park too. I'm only worrying if they would be too stiff for park riding. Could i switch them over to walk-mode when I'm in the park and not have any problems? It doesnt do anything but lower the flex, right?
I belive that walk mode on most boots doesn't lower the flex, it just allows the boot to stand more staight up. It kind of hard to explain but basically, in ski mode the boot will be something like this / and in walk, the boot can be almost staight up and down
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Read again. I'm considering using them in the park, because they feel better on my foot than my other boots. My only consern is that i think they are too stiff for park riding (which they are), and I misunderstood what it meant to put them in walk mode.
How the Quest 12 works is that it has a magnesium backbone. I think this is how it works, In ski mode, the backbone cuff is together and stiff, giving you full support for aggressive alpine skiing. Walk mode, the cuff is released, giving you the ability to flex the boot back and forth, preventing the chaffing effect that you would experience touring in normal boots.
I wouldn't recommend skiing anywhere or anything in walk mode unless you're touring, uphill. The walk mode gives it too much back and forth motion, it can be dangerous for your ankles and legs upon landing.
if my downhill binding allowed me to use my AT boots I would. My boots (scarpa spirit 4) came with an extra tongue that is much stiffer and is really nice for my fatter skis.
Did your boots come with an extra tongue or anything like that? that you could swap out for different days. other than that i would say you'll get used to a stiffer boot in the park. its better than having a soft boot I think.