I've had these now for about 6 weeks but have already put nearly 150k of vert on them thanks to a perfect spring in New England and a 2 week trip to Norway. So I've had the chance to use them in nearly every type of snow, and have skied them with Hagan Ultras and the Fischer Hannibal 94s and 100s. They drive the bigger skis surprisingly well even in challenging conditions (hot pow, crust, etc). The full gaiter is awesome and the boa cinches evenly and snuggly. The power strap and ski/walk lock are beautifully simple and fast. For most touring/non race skimo applications I don't think having one mechanism is necessary. This is nearly as fast. The boots are pretty serviceable as well (boas string is easily replaceable, and buckle, power straps and ski/walk lock are also attached by bolts, so replaceable as well). Only thing I'd like to see is the boa itself attached by something other than rivets, and cuff rivets be replaceable - we'll see how long they last). With steeper the skinning I don't notice the slightly less range of motion compared to my syborgs and Pierre Gignouxs at all. The only time I notice it is skinning on long, flat approaches. I don't think they have quite as much rearward cuff mobility if you're doing more of a nordic diagonal stride. That's probably not an issue for most folks. Initially the toe box was a bit tight but adding a shim under the ball of my foot and getting the inside of the boot blown out a few mm solved that. Easy cheap fix, and expecting a plastic boot to fit perfectly right out of the box is unrealistic. I wore them for probably close to 80 hours in the last two weeks and feet didn't feel beat up at all. Durability so far seems pretty solid even with a good amount of off-snow travel, rock scrambling, etc. My feet measure 285/287 mm. I went with a 28.5 in these, 29 in syborgs and 29 in PGs. I have slightly less room in the toe box than the other two but these fit well. The tech bsl is identical to the syborgs.
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