A fully featured AT boot with an affordable edge.
- Pivoting Cuff Technology transmits power in ski mode and offers unparalleled 40-degree range of motion in walk mode for a natural touring stride
- Y-strap over forefoot provides four-buckle performance for three-buckle weight
- Alpine overlap construction makes for a progressive, controlled flex on the down
- Lightweight thermoformable liner features one-pull lacing closure for a secure fit
- Rockered rubber outsole provides optimal traction in cold, snowy conditions
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What is the last for these boots?
What is the last for these boots?
BD lists them at 103mm. I've read that they adjust the last based on size (e.g. size 28 - 105mm, size 26 - 101mm), but can't confirm.
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I have tried on many boots, and I always have trouble finding the right ones. My right foot is about a full size bigger than my left foot. I end up buying boots that are snug on my right foot, so that after packing out... they'll be a good fit for my right foot and I can put an extra sole into my left boot...
Any how, after hearing many negative reviews about Black Diamond boots, I decided to try them out. Best touring boot I've ever had! Much lighter, 3-buckle system, compatible with both my AT setups (Fritschi and TLT). Don't let other people talk you out of them!
Also, I'm about 5'6" 140 - size 8.5 shoe. I usually buy 25.5 or 26.0 size boots, but the BD boots seem to run a little small. I went with the 26.5 size and I am content with my decision.
Why is the Slant so much cheaper than the...
Why is the Slant so much cheaper than the Quadrant? In the description it mentions the urethane shell. How will that affect the condition of the ski boot (i.e. durability, insulation, flexibility)?
Well for starters, the slant is slated two spots down in the BD Efficiency lineup. The Quadrant is their top end boot, followed by the Prime, and then the Slant. It has a softer flex, only 110 versus the Quadrant's 120 flex. Also, the Quadrant has a BOA liner versus just a regular lace up liner in the Slant, which I actually think is plus for the Slant, as BOA's are a pain to operate, and you're in bad shape if it breaks on you. Finally the Slant has a urethane liner versus the Quadrant's pebax liner. Both are very strong durable plastics, the main difference being that pebax's performance is not affected by temperature as much as urethane is. The colder it gets, the stiffer urethane gets, and the warmer it gets, the less stiff urethane gets. Pebax's stiffness stay pretty consistent regardless of temperature. Finally the slant only has 3 buckles, while the quadrant has 4. If you really like these boots, I would go with the Prime, it's a slightly softer, 3 buckle version of the quadrant. I think it's the best of both worlds. Great deal, similar performance to the quadrant.
Great boot, if it fits...
The weight, ski stiffness and touring flex of this boot are all excellent. I put about 20,000 vert on mine and was pleased with the technical performance and the look, but the fit is terrible. My foot is a normal foot and I found these boots to have way too much room around the mid-foot with an early taper on the toe and a constriction point around the upper ankle. The liners are terrible and pack out instantly.
I think that if I had spent some quality time with a boot-fitter (punching the toes, getting different liners etc.) they would be comfortable, but that would cost me as much as the boot, so I am returning.
Great on the hill and the wallet!
This is my first AT boot and i love it. I have yet to take full advantage of the intuition liners and get it formed to my feet, but it still holds out great. being the cheapest in BD's series of boots, it still holds it's own. The range of motion is the same as the others, its just missing a buckle and has a bit more weight... Love em