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The boots are the best, in my opinion, but thats just me and what i need them for. They work just fine in the park and are real nice all mountain, especially freeridin' backcountry. The design is almost flawless and the performance is epic. You just best be ready to take a heavy beating on your wallet. Only reason a nine is because of its high price.
I had no problem with performance. Right of the bat, the aggresive stance and tight fit got me stoked. The 3-D buckle keeps your heel in tight and the adjustable micro buckles work well for a customized fit. After days of riding, there were no sore shins or calves and one happy skier. When landing those big jumps, the full length shock absorbing sole is nice. The liner is very comfortable and keeps you warm, and at 10 degrees with some thin socks, I stayed warm. The boots are sensitive enough, even with the 95 flex and are very responsive.
The progressive stance helps for the on edge skier. The gun has an extra long cuff to make your leg and the boot one. It also helps for skinny legs like mine who need that length to get to the thicker part of your leg. The buckles are lightweight and low volume. They are fully adjustable and will be able to get most skiers a very well fit boot. The double-dismantable canting is nice to know you have it, because it will save you alot go money. Instead of having to spend tons of money on getting your boots balanced properly with making permanent changes, you can just mess with the canting. The outer shell is lightweight and thin. It has special layers of material that helps keep the boots shape and ability. The second latch down on the cuff is wrapped lower to the top of the akle to get a better fit. The 45mm strap wraps those legs in tight to prevent the every terrible shin bang, and you can adjust it three ways to get it the way you want. The gun boot also has a full length shock absorbing sole for cushioning. The liner is ridiculous. It is heat moldable, but isn't needed because it just makes your liners pack out and wear down even faster. The sole is very confortable and also has some thickness to help support you. The front shin piece is top quality. It has what seems to be a leather inside liner and a plastic outside liner of durability. Inside it, its like there is a skin pad, because it is nice and thick, and I had no problems with any bite or bang. Along the back of the calf, there is also another piece of plastic on it, again for responsiveness and durability. It is race style tightness and design, but it has all the necessary freeride features.
I mean paying 600 bones for boot is pretty ridic, but if you can get it cheaper, you better buy it. Yes, it is expensive, but its worth just about all of it becasue of its unbelievable versatility and performace. Also, there are ways to get it cheaper very easily.
The gun has a little beefier flex. At 95, it should take a little more than the a big kid to flex. But amazingly a guy at 135 pounds can make it flex well, even in the park. This stiffness should make you shins sore after a big three day weekend, but they don't at all.
This boot seems to hold up real well. But remember I have only used it so much and more time will tell. It has from what salomon says, A softex fiber layer originally from sailing equipment (funboard, kitesurf...) that is added on the internal part of the cuff to avoid the deformation of the plastic in order to improve leg wrapping. Just about all is made well and seems like it will hold up in the years of all that you can throw at them.