I bought a pair of T-race boots last year after using the Garmont Ener-G boots for about 1 year. I read reviews on the T-race boots that mentioned "extremely stiff", or even some went so far as to call them "bold." If by "bold" they mean moderately durable and slightly stiffer than garmont, then yes, these are incredibly "bold". For some background, I ride Black Diamond Zealots 192 with 01 bindings (ext stiff cartridge). This is not the biggest setup around but it does require a stiff boot to support it beyond the groomed. Well, I got about three runs on the stiff cartridges before stressing the T-race boots to the point of bending the metal flank within the ski/walk mechanism. The right boot no longer held stiff and Scarpa was kind enough to send me replacement parts. I replaced the flank, and now it wobbles on the pin. I have already ordered BD custom boots from BC.com and have tried them on but not skiied yet. After trying them on, all I can say is, I wish I had gone with Black diamond boots to begin with. I hear last years had bad liners, but that they have fixed them this year. The stiffness feels incredible and the liner is very snug. Oh, and the most important part that I noticed, the flank on the BD walk/ski mechanism is burly. It's not a thin piece of metal that will bend on you if you use stiff bindings. Case in point, if you have big planks, and stiff bindings, DO NOT BUY THE T-RACE BOOTS WITH THE WALK/SKI MECHANISM. You will break them and be without boots for 4 weeks, as Scarpa says. I plan to send my T-race boots back now that I have new BD customs. I just wish I hadn't spent so much learning this lesson. I hope this reaches some of you in time to make a more informed decision. Too many reviews boast about these mediocre boots.
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