For about the last 5 years, Atomic has been working hard at figuring out how to make liners more comfortable, have a longer lasting fit, and be more customizable so you can have the exact fit you need. For the 20/21 season, we are introducing a new customization technology called Mimic.
Mimic liners offer the same exact first fit as our current 3D liners but with the added benefit of complete customization in the ankle/heel area, tongue and calf. Not only is this customization complete, but it is done in a matter of minutes with the existing Memory Fit oven, is repeatable and mess free.
Normal “3D“ liners only mold to the ankle/leg due to the heat-moldable EVA foams used in their construction- the actual 3D shape does not change. Having a liner that fully molds around the ankle/leg has been traditionally found in foam injection liners (liners where foam is pumped into the liner). While this is 100% custom, these liners are very expensive, often associated with a high risk of mistakes being made, and can be messy. Mimic liners offer the best of both worlds: complete customization that is done in an easy and repeatable way without any mess.
Mimic technology is not a foam, but instead a special material that softens when heated and fully hardens when cooled. This means that when it forms to your ankle area, your shin, your instep, and your calf, you get a shape that is 100% yours and it stays that way. There still are heat-moldable foams in Mimic liners, just like our normal 3D liners have, but Mimic is the proverbial magic that ensures your fit happens the way it should.
To demonstrate just how moldable the Mimic material is, I would often show a Mimic prototype that had its ankle area squished and my fingertips would be imprinted in the liner itself (you can see this in the below picture).
I would also flare out a tongue to show that not only will it wrap around a skinny leg but also fit a larger leg (upper picture with red tongue is the standard shape, lower picture shows a widened tongue)
Ultimately, Mimic liners will ensure that you have your fit comfortably captured in the liner and hardened in place. This means you can have a comfortable fit that performs at its best.
For the 20/21 season, Mimic liners will be found in men’s & women’s Hawx Ultra, Hawx Ultra XTD, Hawx Prime and Hawx Prime XTD boots. The liners will also be available separately if you already have one of those boots and just want to upgrade the liner.
If you want to hear more about Mimic liners, check out the podcast I did with Jonathan Ellsworth over at Blister Gear Review: https://blisterreview.com/podcasts/a-very-deep-dive-on-ski-boots-part-4-liners-ramp-angle-forward-lean-ep-88#comment-434282
And as always, feel free to drop any questions below and I will do my best to answer them for you.
**This thread was edited on Feb 23rd 2020 at 1:08:22pm