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Sir_SkrillALotI'd hope not. Patents shouldn't last forever and we should incentivize people inventing new shit for boots and bindings in my view.
GKSseems pretty obvious that FT understands their origins. per their website:
DolanReloaded“Jumped onto the table wearing ski boots”
yeah right. Kobe bryant couldnt jump onto a table wearing ski boots.
mystery3I may be completely incorrect but I believe the straight up bought the molds.
loshI'm more likely to jump on the table wearing ski boots than kobe, and I just tore my ACL
teamdummyAnother dumbfuck post by the OP. Props dude.
milo-mcsendersonFrom my understanding what happened was Dalbello bought all the patents from Raichle, then sold the original moulds to FT. This is why the FT boot is basically unchanged from the original Raichle yet Dalbello use a very similar 3-piece boot design as they have the legal rights to change and mess with the patented design from Raichle.
You'll notice that a few years ago loads of vintage Raichle boots got bought up in real quick time when park rats realised how good the flex pattern was for park riding. It's also why I noticed my old Panterras giving me way more lateral stiffness and performance than my current FTs. Because they could beef up the boot where they needed to.
DolanReloadedDamn. Do your panterras have the liner that sort of circles around on top or the more typical liner with a tongue? I noticed some panterras had the ft style rolled liner and others had the typical tongue liner
milo-mcsendersonMy Panterras had a standard tongue liner not an Intuition wrap liner. Incidentally after months of pain and liner tweaks they were perfect. About half a season through they liner shredded, I replaced it with a wrap liner but the boots were troublesome again, the Full Tilts are comfortable with liner tweaks. I know that I have the panterras as a back up if needed but the buckles are wrecked from dry slope riding.