So my weight fluctuates between 165-175lbs and I’m currently touring on the 2019 JJ’s with the tyrolia aaadrenaline 16’s riding British Columbia backcountry/whistler in bounds . I’m looking to slowly move towards a tech set up but first move would be boots. Does anyone know if there is a 120+ flex with 100mm last that have tech inserts but fit in frames until I can upgrade binders? Kinda like the ascendants? The reason for this is my current problem is the flex on my boots.... so driving the new stiffer JJ’s properly is shit without the boots folding over.... so right now it’s a flex problem but I’d like to solve my future tech problem at the same time.
I'm 6'2", almost the exact same weight. I have men's size 10 feet with nothing weird about them, and the last 2 pairs of boots were 100mm last. Last year I agonized over some AT friendly boots that could handle some inbounds skiing. Here is a summary of my research:
Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 120:
This is what I bought. Mine are sized a little bigger for AT (28.0 Mondo). Comfy straight out of the box, got even better when I heat molded the liners. I put a pair of SuperFeet RedHot insoles in them (do that with all my ski boots). I picked them up at the end of last season so I don't have any turns yet, but I'm pleased with the fit and construction. Depending on the review, they are considered a 50:50 boot (backcountry vs. inbounds).
The runner up for me was the Lange XT Free 120: http://www.lange-boots.com/products/skiboots/allmountainfree#men
. Again, comfy out of the box, but heavy versus almost everything else in the category. They favor inbounds more than backcountry, so maybe 60:40.
I was very curious about the Head Kore 2 boots (link
) and the Nordica Striders (link
, my feet have always been happy in Nordicas), but could not find them in stock to try on. They seemed to fall in the middle of the pack as far as reviews went; they didn't suck, but were not great.
I was not willing to consider the boots that require you to remove the tongue to get full range of motion. I have restricted movement in one ankle anyway (old injury), so I will never fully realize the full range of most of these boots.
I would not buy anything that I didn't physically try on. It had been a long time since I bought boots and was very surprised on how the fit differed between brands/models. Hope this helps!