Tecnica made the Men’s Dragon 120 HiPerFit Boot stiff enough for a racer, but comfy enough for a freeskier.
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I bought these boots last year and have...
I bought these boots last year and have skid about 12 times on them. I have noticed that by the end of the day, to keep my boots feeling tight, I have to tighten them to the last notch. Fully tightened, I still feel a little movement in my left heel. The boot just seems to get looser as the day goes on. I have custom fit liners (similar to superfeet) and it is a little better. Anything I can do for a tighter fit or will I need a new, smaller boot?
Can we get a little more information from you? What size running shoes and dress shoes do you wear? If you put your foot on a measuring device what size does it say in cm if you remember? Did someone shell size you?
It is very hard to take up space in ski boots, most of the time it's easier to make extra space by grinding, punching, or stretching the shell in areas. Right off the bat I would contact the store you bought them from and tell them your concerns. You can go to any local ski shop and they should have some thin fiber like insoles that will fit underneath your super feet. They come in various thicknesses. This will take up a little bit of volume everywhere in the boot without making pressure points. Also what thickness of ski sock do you use? If it's really thin bump up to the next thickness.
That's a couple quick easy fixes you can do yourself in the short term. Let me know about your actual foot size in comparison to your boot size.
High Performance, expect for...
This is an extremely high performance boot and makes you feel like a king on bumps, groomers, and backcountry. Just be careful on jumps such as cliffs or in the park. I know that's not what it's made for but still, I've gotten some beyond painful toe-bang and shin bang from small cliffs in the backcountry. I might switch over to the agent 110...
Picked these boots up in town towards the end of our ski season to push a set of BD Havoc skis down the moutain. They happened to be the only boot in my small town that fit me. I figured that was a sign. I went shopping expecting to get a 28 or 28.5 and ended up with a 27. I only got to ski two more days this season after getting the boots, but both days were great. The first day on the slopes was Showdown, Montana, after a foot of fresh stuff. I kept great control of my skis and my feet lasted from first chair to last chair with only a 15 minute lunch break. Impressive comfort for a brand new boot with a 120 flex rating. If you can afford 'em, buy 'em! Best piece of advice I ever got when getting into skiing: "Don't set a budget on ski boots. Buy the very best you can afford and you will enjoy your days on the slopes. Buy some cheap ones and you'll be hating life after a short time."
Do these boots need to be taken to a shop...
Do these boots need to be taken to a shop to be heat formed,
To get them molded instantly then yes you need to take them to a shop. However they will gradually mold to the shape of your foot over time by using the heat off of your foot. The choice is yours.
I love this boot. This is pretty stiff but really comfortable, I have no problem wearing this all day. I have trouble fitting boots because i have wide calves, these fit well after i took the spoiler out. I measure at a 26 but after trying them on I went down to a 25.5. Also it took about 5 days for the liner to pack out, but once it did these boots were even better. The fit is great and the flex is great from steep boiler plate to soft snow in the trees.
have skid in these boots a lot this winter already and they are fantastic. Nice and stiff but comfortable enough to wear all day. TIght enough fit to really rip on east coast hard pack. Toe box is much higher than other boots ive had making them much more comfortable. Grip on the heel a great idea for walking.
Great stiff boots
I had an old pair of Nordia Grand Prix's that I loved, but eventually wore out the toe and heel. I've tried on quite a few different boots but couldn't find ones that had the stiffness, but enough volume in the toe box, until I came across these. These are great boots, but warn you that they are stiff. Also, they tend to run a bit large, so you might want to try a half-Mondo-size down from your other boots.
Tecnica Dragon 120
I've just bought a pair of these, only have 1 day on them but so far they are great. All boots are different according to your foot shape, I'm a bit wide in the foot but thin in the ankle. My last pair were the Head World Cup, I had them 6 years, these are very similar, maybe a little more comfy.
How much different is this, in terms of...
How much different is this, in terms of fit, than the Tecnica Diablo 130 race boot?
The Diablo Pro 130 is a bit narrower and lower in volume (you really notice this in the forefoot area). I compared both today, and found that the Diablo Pro felt like more of a performance race-on-ice boot, while the Agent felt more comfortable. The Diablo Pro fit was fatiguing/constricting to my foot, but the Agent was just snug enough. The Diablo Pro is significantly more stiff laterally, but forward flex is comparable (within similar flex ratings).