Atomic Redster Club Sport 130 Review

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I bought this boot at the beginning of the 2020-2021 ski season and have used it all year. I followed the expert advice of @onenerdykid, Matt Manser (Atomic Ski Boot Product Manager), and was very pleased with the purchase. There aren't many reviews of this boot on the web, so I decided to put some time into a detailed review to show my appreciation to Matt for some great advice.


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I bought this same boot last summer to use this past season. Best fitting boot I have found yet! I wear a 21.5--could use a true 21-- . I am about 90ish pounds and have found the 95 flex works great for me. I've gone through a few different models of Junior race boots with mediocre results as far as performance, likely due to them still being a tad too wide despite what their last measurements state. This boot is perfection for me. It had been suggested by a bootfitter in Oregon ( I live in Arizona ) I spent a few hours calling race shops around the country to get opinions on my boot needs, and this gentleman mentioned the Club Sport, which he said they did not sell anymore due to some issue regarding the flex inconsistency, or something like that. Not to be deterred I then tracked down a pair. I'd like to buy a back-up if anyone has my size available!!!!!!!!!
 
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@kimberlin, I wouldn't be surprised if Matt Manser (Atomic Ski Boot Manager) responds to your post and is following this thread. He definitely follows the Atomic ski boot thread and responds there if you want to post there too. He will not know about stock levels in US stores, but he can suggest what the equivalent 2021 or 2022 model of your boot is that would not be hard to find. You can also special order a new model through any Atomic shop to get the size you want shipped from the factory warehouse in Europe.
 

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I bought this same boot last summer to use this past season. Best fitting boot I have found yet! I wear a 21.5--could use a true 21-- . I am about 90ish pounds and have found the 95 flex works great for me. I've gone through a few different models of Junior race boots with mediocre results as far as performance, likely due to them still being a tad too wide despite what their last measurements state. This boot is perfection for me. It had been suggested by a bootfitter in Oregon ( I live in Arizona ) I spent a few hours calling race shops around the country to get opinions on my boot needs, and this gentleman mentioned the Club Sport, which he said they did not sell anymore due to some issue regarding the flex inconsistency, or something like that. Not to be deterred I then tracked down a pair. I'd like to buy a back-up if anyone has my size available!!!!!!!!!

Hi kimberlin, for the 21/22 season we will offer the Redster CS 110 & 70 in a true 21/21.5. No more 90 flex unfortunately. But, it is relatively easy for a competent boot-fitter to soften the 110 down to a 100/90 for you.
 

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That is encouraging @onenerdykid . In what manner would this boot be softened?
Fabric softener and a commercial laundry drier. They have very advanced plastics... (just kidding)

The lower shell (clog) of the boot can be cut to allow the upper cuff to move more. It is something that is done very often with race boots like this. (not kidding)
 
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There are several things you can do, but the most effective is what mike said to do. See my post above if you want to see a before and after picture.
 

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@kimberlin remember, 90 is not 90 is not 90. There is little consistency between flexes not only from brand to brand but model to model when it comes to flexes. As I have said, there is no independent lab that certifies boot flexes. Fit the boot to the foot, flex and ski it then adjust the flex. You might be surprised, that "110" that fits your foot might flex fine when you ski it.
 

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@kimberlin remember, 90 is not 90 is not 90. There is little consistency between flexes not only from brand to brand but model to model when it comes to flexes. As I have said, there is no independent lab that certifies boot flexes. Fit the boot to the foot, flex and ski it then adjust the flex. You might be surprised, that "110" that fits your foot might flex fine when you ski it.
Exactly.
 

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@kimberlin remember, 90 is not 90 is not 90. There is little consistency between flexes not only from brand to brand but model to model when it comes to flexes. As I have said, there is no independent lab that certifies boot flexes. Fit the boot to the foot, flex and ski it then adjust the flex. You might be surprised, that "110" that fits your foot might flex fine when you ski it.

In addition to an initial shop flex, what client feedback do fitters use to help dial in the flex?
 
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