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Call me super wack but I’m heavily considering an RS 130 for my alpine/park boot. My touring boot is a Maestrale RS and I don’t want to beat it up in the park. I work at a shop and tried the RS on today and it felt really good, anyone else have experience with this? I am looking at the RS 130 wide that has replaceable soles, lmk if I’m being stupid
I'm in the RX130, so a little more forgiving than the plugs, but the pros of a stiff boot outweigh the cons IMO. Better control, more "feeling" I guess you could say. Landings are a little harsher on the shins if you don't absolutely nail it but that's the only real downside that comes to mind.
I prefer plug boots for general skiing, I have Solly Labs from a few years ago but they are still going strong. They go up to a 140 flex but I ski them on 120, I'm a fairly big chap, 6'4 and 95kg, and like to drive my skis pretty hard, nothing buttery...
Why do I like them? A 120 flex with the thicker plastic of a plug boot is actually a far more progressive flex of a boot, its a lot less susceptible to changes in temperature unlike a thinner walled consumer boot.
If it has the more rubber type sole in the toe and heel then I don't see the down side. If it is the hard plastic and you work in the shop I suggest replacing it with the more rubber type that you see on the replaceable ones. Boot guy can change it to the replaceable type. I rocked Dobermans for a while and the downside was that it seemed to ice up on the toe way more frequently when I boot packed which is frequently. It was a noticeable difference in the amount of boot sole icing and got to be frustrating