Jean-Yves Couput

Jean-Yves Couput

French Alps and Wasatch range

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jean-yves's Passions

Trail Running
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling

jean-yves's Bio

I'm outdoor addictive, and avid participant in skiing, trail running and mountain biking. Since two years I moved to the US, I found with the Wasatch a world class terrain to live my passions full speed ahead. Working as marketing director for Salomon USA, I have the chance to test and use tons of gear... and when I write on it, I never bullshit, I have too much respect for you fellow mountain men

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Jean-Yves Couput wrote an answer about on May 6, 2010

Oups, sorry for the late answer, but I've been a lil out of the BC.com website for a while. Here are the answers to your questions by our Alpine GURU Mike Aicher:

The boots have the exact same shell lasting and fit, but the liners are a bit different. Ghost will be a bit more comfortable for all day fit, and the X3 will feel more like a race liner (more precise)
Either boot will allow for some bootfitting over the instep, if necessary, to fit the arch area precisely.
The shogun will be lighter (2 buckles) and will therefore be a bit more nimble, for skiing in trees and bumps, but a X3 will feel more like a top performing race boot, with power and precision. It depends on the skiers preference. As for which shell size, you should have a bootfitter take a look at your foot inside the shell, and determine which is the proper fit.
Both the Shogun and the X3 have a Boot Sole Length of 326mm in size 28.5, and 336mm in a 29.5. It is likely that you will be most comfortable in a size 29.5 from us.

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Jean-Yves Couput wrote an answer about on March 1, 2010

Hi Rob, not the exact same sidecut, the 09 version is a lil wider underfoot, and having skied both, the 08 execution provides a more radical carve feeling on groomers while the 09 is a lil more forgiving and versatile on various conditions with its wider footprint. But both of them are "groomers machines" and their differences are very subtle

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Jean-Yves Couput wrote an answer about on February 27, 2010

Good move, Breck is a great place. If you go for the Shogun (or the GEISHA) exactly the same with a different top sheet design, go for the 173. Longer than your Armada, they are still very responsive in the trees. You'll love the rockered tip which provides you both great flotation and quick turnability in tight areas

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Jean-Yves Couput wrote an answer about on February 21, 2010

A friend of mine who had the same issue headed down to the local sewing/fabric store and bought two items. 1: Some black spandex material - stretchy and very cheap. 2. A bottle of what was called "fabric glue" - unsure of brand name. Then she cut a piece of the spandex to fit the hole, folded the edges of the patch over over, put a bead of the fabric glue around the edge of the patch and stuck it down. She says you have to be careful not to use too much of the fabirc glue because what it does is basically "melt" the old and new spandex together. From her perspective, better to use to little than too much. A couple of days later one seam started to give way in one spot so she just put a drop of fabric glue in that spot and no further problems. Slightly less "stretchy" there because of the glue is the only downside.

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Jean-Yves Couput wrote an answer about on February 21, 2010

Hi, I'm the marketing director for salomon...

Hi, I'm the marketing director for salomon and all the skis you tried are good, although very different. Based on your type of practice, I'd recommend you to give a try to the Salomon Czars as well. With 111 underfoot and their rockered tip, they are beasts in powder but still handling well on on piste transitions thanks to their traditional camber on the rest of the ski.

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