This is part review, part question.
Firstly, I've just realised that these huge vert. numbers people are posting are in feet! Us Europeans think in meters, so I was a bit intimidated!
I've had these boots 2 seasons, and for my feet they're by far the most comfortable ski boots I've tried. I have skinny ankles so I have some movement there, but I wear chubby ankle socks and that seems to do the trick.
I'll try not to repeat what's been commented before. Here's some of my experiences.
I use the grivel haute route crampons, and they work fine with these boots. I have the walk/ski locking mechanism adjusted to maximum out when in walk mode and I've never felt it catch.
I try to take as much care as I can when putting on/off the boots but, nevertheless, the leather upper and zip thing do take a beating. Both boots have about 1cm tears at the top rivet, and the zip on one of the boots is detached a bit.
I find that the velcro doesn't stay in place and I get snow collecting between the leather upper and the boot liner. Especially in races with fast transitions, the leather just flops out and then snow bundles in.
The boot liners are comfortable and warm, they've worn against the pivot rivets, so I need to patch them up. I find it takes a fair bit of effort to enter the boot with the liners on, but the boot seems to survive.
I've found the lower buckle is fragile, catching it on a rock can be curtains. I've bent two, and replaced them. I've also found the catch mechanism weak. Often it just releases to a looser position during the day/race.
I have the "new" blocking rod on the ski/walk lever to prevent it going up. I had this fitted after I accidentally caught the lever with a carabiner while putting away my via ferrata gear during a race! I decided to just finish the race with the boot loose which was a bad idea!
I have two problems with the ski/walk lever. One is that it seems to have stiffened; when I try to put it in to ski mode it doesn't spring in anymore without a helping hand. Any suggestions on how to fix that? I'll try some lube first.
Secondly, the little hook collects snow/ice, and ices up preventing it from locking. Both of these problems, particularly the last, have given me very stressful transitions in races. In my last race it was the main reason I lost a place.
The little metal hook holding the red heel flap in place has broken on one of my boots. I must have also once caught the red flap when putting the boot on, as it's bent a bit. Is it possible to get a replacement heel flap with metal hook?
Overall I find the boots ok - the most important thing is that boots are comfortable. Due to my weird feet most boots leave me in total agony, almost crying in pain and frustration. These are the only ones I've found so far that are comfortable. This is a heavy plus. The ski/walk locking mechanism is a heavy minus. The fact I sometimes have to spend a minute or so at transitions poking ice out of the hook is not good. Also, the leaver sticks out, and I'm waiting for the moment where I catch it on a rock and break it. The front buckle also doesn't hold the ratchet in well which isn't ideal either, but I have such a high arch my foot is snug enough.
If I can find an alternative that is comfortable, I'll probably switch, but here in Norway there's no skimo.co - gear selection is limited and tech knowledge is average, so until something changes I'll stick with these.
Hi Robert, thanks for the feedback. It seems like more and more boots are using the external bar-latch for the ski/walk mode lever. All of them can ice up, especially when booting. We just use Whippets
to clean 'em out. Also, you can try and adjust the tension on the Cavo lever to see if that helps with the locking. It's also possible the springs have been stretched out due to impact on the lever. You may be able to get a new set of levers from Sportiva. We can probably dig up a replacement red flap for you.
Hi, thanks for the comments. I'll experiment with the scraper on my next outing. I sprayed some WD-40 on the lever and it loosened up nicely, so maybe that solved it for now.
I've messaged you in the contact form about the red flap.
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