Bozeman, MT/South Royalton, VT
Axl's will be great. Consider a pr of T1s or T-races or a stiff spring to maximize the Megawatt.
I've a narrow, long foot with big toes. I hate crack climbing with shoes that destroy my toes. The TC Pro was La Sportiva's answer to my prayers. Stiff, great for jamming and edges, decent toe box. The mid-top protects ankles very well. I recommend sizing down 1 full size from street for a trad fit. These will stretch around a half-size if you sweat and use em like me...
My pair stretched about a half size after 20+ half-day sessions. They are lined, so I'm not expecting anything more.
TC Pros will not stretch nearly as much as any of the models you've mentioned. I sized down 1 full size for a tight, but not uncomfortable trad fit. The toe-box is as roomy as the Mythos. The Miura doesn't feel even vaugley the same; i can stand on dime edges with the TC Pro while in my Miuras I can, but i FEEL IT.
186. Stability at speeds and touring is not an issue with 186 as the tips actually reduce your effective edge.
Go to your local ski shop and see what the boot pros can do with adding shims around the liner cuff. I made a custom home-job for the same issue; it seems all my scarpa boots pre 06 are meant for big calves. however i have not experienced this issue with new scarpa models ive purchased so have faith...
Bought these off a guy cheap @ the gym. Turns out they are great even though I normally dont buy evolv. I esp like the toe patch and tight heel for bouldering. At the same time these did great for me on the slippery worn rock @ Rumney re: sport and the random trad routes. Big fan.
Finally got on a pair of these. TOured up Paradise mtn outside chico couple weeks back. Light enough for touring but still maintains reasonable stiffness and stability at speeds. As many already know, these ski like...surprise...Karhus Storm. 100 underfoot is a great fit for my needs and mixed on-off piste adventures. Buy em - won't be disappointed
Buddy let me swap my T2X for his Seekers for a tour in the Crazy Mtns. Overall, the seeker is intended to be a touring but on-piste capable boot. I was not impressed by the low cuff, and the boa-lacing wire system on the liner didn't work very well for me. Sizing is pretty much the same as Scarpa's mondos, so have confidence there. Specifically I did not feel the bellows flexed stiff enough compared to the T2X. I think this boot is ok for the avg BC-oriented individual, but I will be sticking with the T2X.
Depends on the rocker. I have tried it on the K2 ObSethed's, but not with something as rockered as say, the HellBent. The ObSethed's handled it well, hardly noticed a different in the fact that there was a rocker.-------Never tried with tail rocker, but BD Megawatts tour just fine...-------I skin with Praxis pows (reverse camber & rocker) w/o giving up too much performance. Not pretty, but do-able, esp if you are using rockered skis for their purpose. i.e. skinning for turns on deep days.
I haven't had issues with the tip adaptors, even on skis with up to 130 tips. Re: width, buy the closest size to your tip, then trim with a razorafter you've applied to your skis. I.e. I recc' buying 110 vs 100s. STS tail clips work fine on rounded tails. Or at least they do for my ANTs.
Durable. time-tested. great range & weight. easy one-hand usage. if you can, buy the best.
Finally got on a pr of these after looking at em for seasons. You first notice the lightness, then you wonder if it will hold speed. No worries; it does. And it turns easily and yet maintains stability over a variety of surfaces. I had great turns through 8" powder, 3-4" mank, and on dusted groomers. Wish Voile made a 190.
Not an all-mtn ski. The Hombre definitely skis best when at medium-high speeds. Turn initiation at slow speeds is tough, and the trees became a nightmare instead of a pleasure. Also, going down 15' or less wide chutes became a bit dicey when you have to hop-turn cause the ski aint nimble. Not my favorite, but maybe its yours...
Very forward-leaning. Yes, you can adjust it, but know it is an agressive downhill stance, and walking or bootpacking in them is interesting. Also, the fit of the Raptor is true to size, so if you downsize your shell be careful; my instep gets crunched hard. Overall a great boot for race-inspired skiing and turns, on powder, mank or groomers.
Whiteboyborb: I suggest going to your local ski tech and having them fit you with heel shims. I have a low volume foot and often feel like liners don't "suck" my heel in place enough, even from the first blowing of a new liner. I've used what the ski-tech described as a "butterfly shim" on the liner to pinch/contract the liner along the heel. So far it has made the dead space in the heel disappear. Good luck.
Easy application, efficient wax. No complaints. Basic and the price is right.
Leki has a great selection of poles, but I've never been disapointed with their base-line offering in the trail trekker. Simple extension, beefy aluminum/alloys, and the replaceable tips means a set lasts you a long time. A+