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  1. #26
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    my foot is the same kind of shape..high instep and wider forefoot, no issues with fit on my end. I have one foot that is a whole mondo size bigger than the other so the bootfitter went with the bigger size. Molded the liner and put a custom footbed in it...did a little work to the smaller shell and I have been really good in it..

    Quote Originally Posted by TheK12 View Post
    How wide are these boots? I have a medium to wide foot with a high instep. Current inbounds boot is a Rossignol Alltrack 120 (same-ish mold as a Lange SX) that fits really good out of the box. Would these work for me?

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    how is the fit right out of the box on these? i was planning to try out a pair this spring, but now social distancing is making working with a bootfitter in person a little hard. i found a pair at a good price, but that ain't gonna do me much good if i end having to get a bunch of work done on 'em.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2711c View Post
    how is the fit right out of the box on these? i was planning to try out a pair this spring, but now social distancing is making working with a bootfitter in person a little hard. i found a pair at a good price, but that ain't gonna do me much good if i end having to get a bunch of work done on 'em.....
    What other boot fits you well out of the box?

    They call the R3 130 T.I. a 99mm last, and it is similar to a Full Tilt Classic or Tecnica Cochise fit, but with a sharper indent in the mid-arch. Roxa recommends a 9 minute cooking time for this boot to heat mold it, which will let it widen from 2-4mm. I didn't try this, but punched it in the arch and for my first and fifth met heads straight away - I am more of a 104mm fit, with large medial side bunions on top of that, but it fits great now. I did cook the liners for 5 minutes and molded them.

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    This is a great boot. I particularly like the top buckle design which uses a wide Velcro strip instead of conventional teeth, allowing broader and finer levels of adjustment to stiffness. This is great for touring and adjusting to different snow firmness.

    Are there any other designs that do this?

    I have duck feet: narrow in the ankle, high instep and fairly wide across the toes and these suckers fit right out of the box.

    The only shortcoming is the rearward flex in touring mode. This has gotten better with use in the last week and for me the trade off with downhill performance and adjustability is the win.
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  5. #30
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    Greg L - i bot the element 120 at the end of last season and got the liner heat molded late this season - just in time for a couple of days..... very similar to the yellow boot here you guys are talking about - i find it super stiff with the stiffness locked out and too wimpy in the soft mode, (i'm coming off a krypton that i've taken the flex down to 115-120 with a more flexible tongue and added a booster strap, and before that i used Salomon Xmas 130 that i really liked (the yellow one, great heel retention), both these boots were 28s the element is a 27) i like it but i want to change the flex to somewhere in between locked out and not, in one of the other threads i've read about that this years boot has a 'dynamic response insert' that changed the flex considerably for the better, do you if this is a mode that can be done to the element? i don't want to give up on the boot just yet but i need it to give - a little, lots to like about this boot

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin@wtco.com View Post
    Greg L - i bot the element 120 at the end of last season and got the liner heat molded late this season - just in time for a couple of days..... very similar to the yellow boot here you guys are talking about - i find it super stiff with the stiffness locked out and too wimpy in the soft mode, (i'm coming off a krypton that i've taken the flex down to 115-120 with a more flexible tongue and added a booster strap, and before that i used Salomon Xmas 130 that i really liked (the yellow one, great heel retention), both these boots were 28s the element is a 27) i like it but i want to change the flex to somewhere in between locked out and not, in one of the other threads i've read about that this years boot has a 'dynamic response insert' that changed the flex considerably for the better, do you if this is a mode that can be done to the element? i don't want to give up on the boot just yet but i need it to give - a little, lots to like about this boot
    Kevin, the Element is made to flex softer in "soft" mode because it's our flagship freestyle boot. Typically park skiers want a longer range of fore-aft travel than a freeride skier (R3 130).

    The DRI can absolutely be installed in the Element 120, but I don't expect any to be available until Fall 2020 (they come from Italy). If you can wait, hit me up then and I'll get you lined out.

    Aside from adding this piece, another tactic that I've heard of a local boot fitter using to get more flex in "hard" is to shorten the hard/soft mechanism. This absolutely voids any sort of warranty and I am not recommending anyone try this, just sharing what I've seen:

    What I'm talking about is that little white piece of plastic that locks out the lower throat of the boot when in "hard" (take out the liner and look for the only piece of white plastic in the back of the boot, that's it). When you take some material off the ends of this piece, and then turn the boot to "hard", the throat of the lower will be able to open and close a little, just as it would if it were in "soft", but less. This lengthens the boot's range of forward motion, but not in a progressive way like the DRI does. The more material you take off this piece, the "softer" the boot gets. I would literally do 1 mm at a time if you go this route, but as I said, it's not a company-endorsed procedure by any stretch.

  7. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by CallMeAl View Post
    Kevin, the Element is made to flex softer in "soft" mode because it's our flagship freestyle boot. Typically park skiers want a longer range of fore-aft travel than a freeride skier (R3 130).

    The DRI can absolutely be installed in the Element 120, but I don't expect any to be available until Fall 2020 (they come from Italy). If you can wait, hit me up then and I'll get you lined out.

    Aside from adding this piece, another tactic that I've heard of a local boot fitter using to get more flex in "hard" is to shorten the hard/soft mechanism. This absolutely voids any sort of warranty and I am not recommending anyone try this, just sharing what I've seen:

    What I'm talking about is that little white piece of plastic that locks out the lower throat of the boot when in "hard" (take out the liner and look for the only piece of white plastic in the back of the boot, that's it). When you take some material off the ends of this piece, and then turn the boot to "hard", the throat of the lower will be able to open and close a little, just as it would if it were in "soft", but less. This lengthens the boot's range of forward motion, but not in a progressive way like the DRI does. The more material you take off this piece, the "softer" the boot gets. I would literally do 1 mm at a time if you go this route, but as I said, it's not a company-endorsed procedure by any stretch.
    I cut down the the piece Al is talking about. Was actually looking for a softer flex which I did via a tongue mod. But I was concerned that I then had too much range and I could pull my achilles. The lock mechanism really cut down almost all movement. I trimmed it in stages and was able to achieve a soft longe range of flex with a hard stop right where I wanted it. Have about 10 days on them, happy with no problems so far.
    A dremel plastic cutting wheel worked great in a Foredom-

    https://www.dremel.com/en_US/product...-shaping-wheel

  8. #33
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    When the DRI becomes available, I'll reach out to my rep for one to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregL View Post
    What other boot fits you well out of the box?

    They call the R3 130 T.I. a 99mm last, and it is similar to a Full Tilt Classic or Tecnica Cochise fit, but with a sharper indent in the mid-arch. Roxa recommends a 9 minute cooking time for this boot to heat mold it, which will let it widen from 2-4mm. I didn't try this, but punched it in the arch and for my first and fifth met heads straight away - I am more of a 104mm fit, with large medial side bunions on top of that, but it fits great now. I did cook the liners for 5 minutes and molded them.

    Good point, not many. Most of them,!I need a little bit of fucking heel lift. So I decided to get these boots anyways and I asked the guy to send a few extra fucking heel lifts. We’ll see how it goes.


    thanks.

  10. #35
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    Some pics and thoughts from a home DRI install.

    Squeeze the throat to line up the plastic insert and mark. Note It fits pretty well but can slide around. I used a right hand drill so I could drill directly on my marks. I drilled pilot holes from inside, realigned the holes and sized them up until the the hardware felt snuggish. A better option would be to transfer the mark with a bright flashlight inside the boot.


    Without the insert the boots are really smooth and soft. Itís comfy but gets overpowered easily. The insert ups the ability beyond what Iíve found and the flex keeps most of its good character.

    I didnít particularly like the hard flex before or after but I think itís the same.






  11. #36
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    Al-
    Does the 110 get the dri next year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlAikenstein View Post
    Some pics and thoughts from a home DRI install.

    Squeeze the throat to line up the plastic insert and mark. Note It fits pretty well but can slide around. I used a right hand drill so I could drill directly on my marks. I drilled pilot holes from inside, realigned the holes and sized them up until the the hardware felt snuggish. A better option would be to transfer the mark with a bright flashlight inside the boot.


    Without the insert the boots are really smooth and soft. Itís comfy but gets overpowered easily. The insert ups the ability beyond what Iíve found and the flex keeps most of its good character.

    I didnít particularly like the hard flex before or after but I think itís the same.





    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple concept that could be adapted to a variety of cabrio style boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kootenayskier View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Looks like a pretty simple concept that could be adapted to a variety of cabrio style boots.
    I think the stiffening inserts that come with Kryptons accomplish the same thing. Prevent/create more resistance for the throat/spines things from coming together in the rear when flexing forward. I think there's a photo of Bode Miller bolting some spoilers cuffs to his FTs the same way to probably achieve the same thing, but bolted it WAY higher, cuz he can probably crush the stiffest FT tongue in half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlAikenstein View Post
    Some pics and thoughts from a home DRI install.

    Squeeze the throat to line up the plastic insert and mark. Note It fits pretty well but can slide around. I used a right hand drill so I could drill directly on my marks. I drilled pilot holes from inside, realigned the holes and sized them up until the the hardware felt snuggish. A better option would be to transfer the mark with a bright flashlight inside the boot.


    Without the insert the boots are really smooth and soft. It’s comfy but gets overpowered easily. The insert ups the ability beyond what I’ve found and the flex keeps most of its good character.

    I didn’t particularly like the hard flex before or after but I think it’s the same.
    Nice!

    Yep, a boot will ski identically in Hard with or w/o a DRI installed.

    One tip on DRI installation- You don't have to take the boot apart to do it. Just put it in hike mode, push the upper back, and you'll have plenty of room to work. This also helps keep the lower throat pinched enough to take all of the guesswork out of lining the piece up.

    Quote Originally Posted by turnfarmer View Post
    Al-
    Does the 110 get the dri next year?
    Nope, the R3 130 TI and R3S 130 (fixed cuff 4 buckle piste-oriented boot) are still the only boots that will come with the DRI. Since the addition of a DRI has so much of an impact on the boot's overall stiffness, we simply can't make a 110 flex boot with one installed, regardless of tongue stiffness. Solutions to this are in the works, but it's honestly just too early in development to give any timeline or details.

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    Al - great info here, thanks!

    and very cool to see that mod in practice, looks easy enough

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    "Nope, the R3 130 TI and R3S 130 (fixed cuff 4 buckle piste-oriented boot) are still the only boots that will come with the DRI. Since the addition of a DRI has so much of an impact on the boot's overall stiffness, we simply can't make a 110 flex boot with one installed, regardless of tongue stiffness. Solutions to this are in the works, but it's honestly just too early in development to give any timeline or details."

    Crazy that little piece makes such a difference. How would R3 130 with DRI ski without a tongue as a touring boot then?

    Thanks for your info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnfarmer View Post
    How would R3 130 with DRI ski without a tongue as a touring boot then?
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    the blister review specifies that as the way to get the best rom on the up.

    I just spent a week touring on these boots and they not only performed great, are ridiculously light but are comfortable.

    The velco top buckle system makes it simple to adjust flex/rom between the up and down phases and when strapped tight, gives awesome control on the down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    the blister review specifies that as the way to get the best rom on the up.
    Yep, not how it's designed to work, but some people like removing the tongue for long tours to increase forward ROM.

    But to answer TF's question- unless you have your boots buckled really tight (like, ready to ski tight) when you're touring, the DRI does not have any noticeable impact on ROM. This is what I've always suspected, but I just went out to the shed and tried on boots with and without DRIs to make sure I'm not talking out of my ass.

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    Actually I was curious how it would ski if one didn't bother to put the tongue back in.

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    For quick transitions, sure....assuming you don't have chicken legs like me. The tongue takes up a fair amount of volume, might be tough to get it tight enough for skiing without it installed. For actually skiing downhill...not so much. The DRI does provide rebound from the rear of the boot by constantly trying to pull the throat back open when it's loaded/flexed, but it works in coordination with the tongue that does the same up front- so eliminate one and the other doesn't work as well as it could.

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