Overall amazing boot. I give it a 10/10, it fits amazingly, gives me everything I need when it comes to support and is super easy to adjust. Full Tilt has changed the way I look at boots from now on.
The #10 flex might not be for everyone. From what I have heard, some find it too stiff, if this is the case, change over to a #8 flex.
This boot has been amazing for skiing anything from big mountain to park.
It has given me the stability and performance that I have been looking for for ages. Stiff and ready to react and give me that performance when I need it.
I love the design. This is my first Full Tilt boot, and the way it is designed compared to other boots is amazing, super easy to get on and off. Super easy to buckle up to that perfect tightness.
The boot is also customizable when it comes to the amount of forward lean you want, along with interchangeable tongues (from soft to stiff) and Cant insert options
The boot retails for about $650. This is an amazing value for someone who is looking for a boot that can hold up to charging and gives you the optimum performance that you pay for.
The First Chair comes with a 99mm last.
The Intuition liner is heat moldable, and is amazingly comfortable and warm. I haven't had cold feet in these boots yet.
The cable buckle system is amazing, it's like a micro adjust buckle, but better. It's so convenient to be able to pull the boot back that one little notch or two. Makes all the difference without having it too tight.
Please remember to try on boots with a boot fitter before you buy them.
The First Chair comes with a #10 Flex.
This is Full Tilts highest/stiffest flex rating, and this tongue is stiff I tell you.
I would recommend this boot for someone who primarily skis steep big mountain, or someone who loves a stiff boot.
This boot has held up like no other. Hasn't worn down on me at all yet. Metal buckles and super stiff tongue wish hasn't lost any life in it. I look forward to using it throughout the next couple seasons.
I have previously owned the green/black Classics and Full Tilt have done themselves proud with this "new shell".
By "new shell", I mean the removable heel and toe undersides. These two removable pieces only add to the durability side of things, despite the buckles (which I'll get onto later). They are fully replaceable once they get worn down, which from what I can see so far, will take a long to get to that point.
After getting the pro liner heat molded to my feet with my custom footbeds, I immediately threw away the unnecessary cable cover, took the power strap off and replaced them with a brand new expert/racer model of the Booster Strap for my skinny legs.
I got my FKSs which are on my Filthy Richs adjusted (turns out no adjustment was needed), my STH drivers on my Cease and Desists adjusted (again, no adjustment was needed) and my Griffons which are on my Chronics adjusted (a few mm of adjustment was needed. Immediately I could feel the difference between my old Classics and the First Chair, more edge control and the pop from hitting kickers was more consistent.
At first I felt the buckles were an improvement over the previous plastic versions, having broken many over the 3/4 years of being in Classics, but it was short lived. After roughly 15 hours of skiing in the First Chairs the middle buckle was broken. When I say "broken", the ratchet design of these buckles simply broke. I can still use the buckle but when I go to close the buckle, it ever so slightly moves forward. So now I have to hold it in place then close it for the buckle to properly work. Other than that slight bad thing about the buckle, they ARE an improvement over their plastic predecessor as it adds to the durability being metal.
The supplied (10?) tongue I felt was a lot softer than the 8 I had on my Classics, so after riding with the 10 I swapped it over for said 8 and have never looked back.
In conclusion, if you are after (although Full Tilt have discontinued this model) a no nonsense model of Full Tilt boot which can be fitted to your feet, then I would highly suggest getting this one. In my eyes, this is their best non pro model boot. Just watch out for the buckles when getting in and out of them. Tongue wise, they're all interchangeable, so just use your prefered flex.