So, new we can start talking skis.Saw a bootfitter this afternoon and got fitted with a Salomon S Pro HV 120. Bootfitter fitted me with a 26.5. My old one was 27.5. Definitely feels like a very firm handshake but I do find myself adjusting my old Head Advant Edge 85 buckles all the way to the tightest setting an hour into a ski day last season, so I think this new pair of Salomon is just about right.
They are more comfortable for walking and the V.Werks are GW compatible. As long as you don't have any other bindings that are not GripWalk, I would say go for it.Is it worth replacing the heel and toe pads with grip walk pads bought online? These are the grip walk heel and toe pads for Salomon (sold seprately):
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These are the regular ISO 5355 heel and toe that came with the boots.
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I don't see much difference between the gripwalk and regular ISO 5355 for the Salomons.
The replacement gripwalks for other boot brands seem burlier with grooves and appear to be made of rubber. While the white gripwalk for Salomons above look plasticky.
I'd probably make a separate thread about your boot questions, but your probably trying them out inside, they will stiffen up outside when skied.
you need a few days of actual skiing before liners settle in.
I'll take them up the mountain just to test or as a backup.Yes, consider giving the Salomon liners a chance. They'll never be tighter than they are now. It's entirely possible they'll be much more comfortable after a few days use.
yes, you can ski them out of the box, fairly good bases and edges on all pairs I've seen, but if you have the time, initial baseprep with wax is always good, I wouldnt bother doing anything to edges or tune.
Thanks I'm going with the wax-every-few-days route rather than phantom.yes, you can ski them out of the box, fairly good bases and edges on all pairs I've seen, but if you have the time, initial baseprep with wax is always good, I wouldnt bother doing anything to edges or tune.
phantom is a bit off topic, I'm not sold on it. I'd do some layers of baseprep or softwax before a layer of something hard like a blue, then just some liquid vola mx after that for quite a few ski days. ( I did that to my 2021 v-werks)