INTUITION HD RACE LV
The most recent liner I’ve tested is the new HD Race liner. This liner is classified as a low-volume liner, meaning it is thinner (9mm thick) than the PowerWrap (12mm thick), but the same thickness as the Dreamliner MV. The HD Race liner was designed for low-volume and race-fit boots, but I found that it was very nice in standard (1.25-1.5cm shell fit) boots, too.
The HD Race features a “moccasin” construction style, which means that the cuff of the liner wraps down through the ankle, has a wrap around the forefoot that is thinner that normal, a tongue that flares super wide, and stitching along the forefoot material instead of the top of foot, which gives a smooth profile.
The ankle design in the HD Race is similar to that of the PowerWrap, meaning it does not have additional padding and shaping in the same manner as the Dreamliner. I needed to add “C” or “L” pads to the ankle to fully lock in my foot to the shell. I also found the tongue to be a little thin, and added an “Eliminator Pad” to get the fit in the fold of my ankle that I wanted.
I really like the moccasin style shape of the HD Race. It offers a nice and adaptable forefoot shape. Because the material along the side of the foot is a bit thinner, it offers good fit through the toes and metatarsal heads. The lack of stitching on the top (instep) of the liner is most welcomed as well. This is a very common place for hotspots to develop for a skier in most stock and tongue liners. The HD Race can shape and mold very effectively, with thin smooth profile and the most common places for most folks.
The HD Race is a thinner liner than the PowerWrap (9mm vs. 12mm), and because of this, I did not want to over-compress the liner while molding risk losing too much volume in the fit, so I went with a different molding method. Normally I mold a PowerWrap liner in a convection oven to get the liner as uniformly soft and compliant as possible to pack it as dense as possible. The HD race feels much denser out of the box than the PowerWrap, so I elected just to use a “heat stack,” which just blows warm air into the liner. This got the liner warm enough to get only the interior of the liner compliant, which allowed the Ultralon material to shape to the contours of my foot, but not compress dramatically. If I were using this liner in a very tight race-fit boot, opposed to a more standard consumer shell fit, I would put the liner in the convection boot oven and compress the foam as thin as possible, in the same manner that one molds a PowerWrap.
The moccasin style design of HD Race (and its tongue) allowed the liner to flex more than a PowerWrap while in AT mode, which made for a slightly better stride.
All in all, I am very impressed with this liner and believe it can be used for much more than just than just race boots. I think that the HD Race applies to users who want a high-performance Inbounds/AT/Sidecountry boot, and have medium- to low shell-fit.
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