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Russ Vaagenwrote a review of on February 25, 2017

5 5

After skiing for most of two seasons on these boots I have to give them high marks. I did add a custom footbed and went through the heat molding process. I didn't realize the process at first so I wore them for a few days and then did the heat molding. I would have done it immediately if I would have known. I have learned that I will tighten or loosen the boot based on the aggressiveness of my skiing. When going for a tight fit I noticed that after my run the bottom or the shin would sometimes hurt or cramp. My initial though was to loosen the buckle closest to the discomfort, but it's the opposite. When I over tighten the top buckle it puts pressure on the base of my foot. Knowing this has resulted in far less adjustments while I ski. Some days I just set them and go. The walk function is so good that you can nearly run in these boots. It's common for me to go int the lodge and just flip the boots to walk without adjusting the buckles or the strap. These boots haven't disappointed me.

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Russ Vaagenwrote a review of on March 20, 2016

Awesome stuff
5 5

I am 6'1.5" tall, 190lbs. I have a 33/34 inch waist. I originally ordered the large shell and the medium pant. I was at the absolute maximum on the pant so I returned the pants and got a large which is a perfect fit and I have room both larger and tighter if I need it. I love both the shell and pant, but unfortunately I did this today. Total bummer! I was messing around off the side of a cat track before bombing down a run and I went between two branches and I didn't see the stick poking out at shoulder height. I bashed it so hard that it ripped through the jacket for about 6 inches and gave me a pretty good puncture wound, scrape and bruise. Maybe not bomb proof, but I like it enough to order another shell. I love the way the jacket snaps into the pants and even zips together if you wanted for extra protection for deep powder days.

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Russ Vaagenwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

3 5

These boots are light and simple, but my foot moves around too much and has caused a couple blisters. I find myself constantly trying to tighten them up. With just two buckles it seems like it has a hard time keeping my foot in there tight, especially in the soft stuff. I think they might be a bit too big for me which might be the problem. I picked up some heat moldable soles that I will add them to see if that can improve the situation. I wish I had better news, but I think the lack of a buckle near the pivot point and being a little too big keep them from being great.

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Russ Vaagenwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

These boots have been great. I've only worn them on two trips to the mountain. And so far so good. The walk function is pretty awesome. I've be resort skiing and have yet to do any backcountry skinning with them. I do think that's where they will really shine. I wore them the entire first day and skied hard. They were great. I didn't even mess with them. I'll add to the review after I take them touring.

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