Garmont Goes Public with 2011/12 Ski Boot Teasers


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 9, 2011      

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Click the 'more' link below to read the details!

Click the 'more' link below to read the details!

Today’s ditty from trade show, more coming: WildSnow supporter Garmont tells me they have a few important things in the works. They sent a fairly detailed flyer to me today, and I’m allowed to say some of their models will be getting lighter, and they’re working on a cool new boots, of course, that we might get to see this winter. Whisper whisper…
Backcountry skiing Garmont updates flyer.

Garmont updates, backcountry skiing flyer sheet. CLICK TO ENLARGE

I extracted the text from the flyer, with light editing by WildSnow for clarity and brevity:

– For weight savings, the (Freeride Series) cuff will be injected in Pebax, as well as both the Alpine Norm and Touring Norm Sole Sets. Not only is it lighter, the Pebax cuff is also more elastic and responsive, while the lower shell will continue to be injected in PU to preserve the Freeride boots’ damp, solid, alpine-boot performance. (See our WildSnow first-look review of Delirium backcountry skiing boot.)

– The Water-Seal Gasket will be injected in a silicone-like material for the best snow and water seal, and for maximum elasticity to prevent deformation.

– Play in the ski mode of the ski/walk mechanism has been eliminated (WildSnow thumbs up on that).

– Delirium and Asylum liner’s perceived volume has been reduced for a denser foam in the forefoot area. Toe room remains the same. These liners’ dual-density foam is still very comfortable and can be skied (WildSnow note, by most skiers) without thermo-forming. The Mystic and Azula will use softer liners, like the samples, for those who prefer more volume.

– The zeppa (WildSnow: e.g., inside of shell where your foot rests) is flatter for better pressure distribution. It is injected in a new, lighter weight, more rigid material, giving it much more precise edge to edge performance, and eliminating sponginess can create an unwanted sense of extra volume.

– The structural, “smoke” colored internal Pod reinforcement will change to True Black to properly match the Pebax cuff’s frame.

– Ease of cuff-buckle closure has been improved with a longer top strap and an additional top buckle catch position. The strap is scored should the customer prefer to remove the extra length.

– (WS addition) All boots in Garmont Freeride series have swap sole option, thus all can be configured with tech fitting equipped AT sole blocks.
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Comments

6 Responses to “Garmont Goes Public with 2011/12 Ski Boot Teasers”

  1. Matt Lanning August 9th, 2011 12:37 pm

    looks like just two of them have Dynafit inserts? which of them will also have replaceable soles (either due to wear or to swap from alpine to touring blocks)? thanks for the early info!

  2. Brian August 9th, 2011 12:57 pm

    Huh, I was hoping the Mystic would be significantly lighter than the Delirium. What are the features that separate these two?

  3. Lou August 10th, 2011 2:57 pm

    Matt and all, straight from Garmont:

    “All boots in our new Freeride collection will fit a tech binding if purchased with the Alpine Touring sole. The sole set may also be purchased as an accessory for $79.95.”

    In other words all boots in flyer above have swap sole option, and all can be swapped to have soles with tech fittings.

    Lou

  4. Peter Frew December 18th, 2011 12:29 pm

    So do these replace the Endorphin – I am a bit confused the Garmont website has Mystics and difficullt to find Endorphin – but all the shops seem tpo have Endorphins???
    Thanks

  5. Lane December 20th, 2011 10:47 am

    Has anyone demo’d these? Would like to hear some reviews on how they ski and how they fit.. Thanks!

  6. Julie January 2nd, 2013 8:30 am

    Garmont Azula- I have been loyal to Scarpa for 20 years, this year I decided to give Garmont a try. The Azula’s fit better than the Denali’s ever did HOWEVER THE FOOTBOX IS INCREDIBLY COLD. I never had cold feet before, maybe on those -20F days, but within the 1st hour of being in these boots my feet are so numb I lose some control. Bottom line, warmth or performance. I’d like to have both. Pretty disappointing.

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