Right around this time two years ago, we posted an announcement that Full Stack Supply Co, the parent company of Faction Skis and United Shapes, would be launching a new ski boot brand. Details were slim at the time, but given that new boot brands don’t come around all that often, it was exciting news.
Since then, there have been bits of info dropped here and there, including the name of the brand: phaenom footwear.
Today, they’ve released their first (limited) collection of ski boots, with boots available to purchase on phaenom’s website and via select retailers in Europe. The brand will launch their full collection in the fall of 2024.
On offer in this limited drop are the fs 01 120 and fr 01 130, two boots with names that I’m almost certainly going to mess up every time I attempt to type them.
The fs series is the “freestyle” collection in phaenom’s lineup, whereas the fr boots are the “freeride” models and have shells with walk mechanisms. All of phaenom’s boots are made in Montebelluna, Italy, which is basically the epicenter of ski boot manufacturing.
Walk mechanism aside, the two boots look like they share a lot in common. The most notable element is arguably their shell layout. It’s a 3-piece “cabrio” design, with a lower shell, upper cuff, and tongue. However, its tongue is fairly short and the cuff portion features notably more overlap than 3-piece boots like those from K2 (aka, Full Tilt) and Dalbello. The phaenom design looks more similar to boots like the Scarpa 4-Quattro series and the well-loved but long-discontinued Salomon Ghost and SPK series.
The brand also makes a point of highlighting the fact that the boots are “designed for disassembly” with “fully removable and replaceable parts.” The liner uses 50% recycled fabrics and a 50% bio-based EVA sole. In addition to vibration damping, that sole is meant to increase durability and potentially allow you to use the liner like a hut slipper.
The boots feature an unusual-looking power strap. Here’s what phaenom says about it: “The innovative phaenom strap provides superior shock absorption and flex control from a single recyclable material. Working in combination with the hybrid cabrio design creates a unique linear-flex pattern, providing a consistent feel and rebound throughout the turn which translates to more comfort and stability.”
Some other miscellaneous highlights: 102 mm last width across all models, adjustable forward lean (13° / 15° / 17°), GripWalk soles, and stated weights of around 2100 grams for both models.
In fall of 2024, there will be fs models with flex ratings ranging from 90 to 120; the fr models will span from 100 to 130. Currently, only sizes 25/25.5 and 26/26.5 are available; come fall, certain models will be available from size 23.5 to 28.5. Sizes 22/22.5 and 29/29.5 will be added in the 25/26 season.
Below is the whole press release from phaenom:
Innsbruck, Austria | November 22, 2023:
phaenom footwear—the new, premium footwear brand from Full StackSupply Co, parent of Faction Skis and United Shapes—has unveiled a limited drop of its first-ever product collection. Following four years of research & development, the limited drop signals the market arrival of the hotly-anticipated brand, ahead of its global launch in fall 2024.
The initial range offers two product lines: the fs (Freestyle) and fr(Freeride) ski boots. Emphasizing new, original boot molds, patent-pending technology and a design- and circularity-based ethos, phaenom’s debut represents the most notable entry to the ski boot market in recent memory.
Crafted in Montebelluna, Italy and engineered for style, simplicity,comfort and freeski performance, phaenom’s most distinctive differentiators include:
•The all-black design supports restoration and reuse of the boot and its parts.
•Each element of this product — from panels to buckles to straps and screws — is designed to be repairable and recyclable.
•The patent-pending phaenom strap provides rebound, shock absorption and flex control from a single recyclable material.
The fs collection includes four models designed to achieve flex perfection and shock absorption whether buttering rollers or stomping landings in the park. The fr family features another four models, nearly identical to the fs models yet differentiated primarily by the walk mode and tech inserts. The fr models are engineered to be efficient on the way up and dependable at full speed going down.
The limited drop features exclusively the fs 01 120 freestyle boot and the fr 01 130 freeride boot; the former is available at phaenom-footwear.com and via select retail partners, and the latter is available solely via select retail partners. The limited drop is offered only in Europe and features sizes 25/.5 and 26/.5. Sizes ranging from 23/.5 to28/.5 will be available in fall 2024 and the addition of sizes 22/.5 and29/.5 will launch for season 2025-26.
“We believe technical footwear should be simple and modern,” says Daniel Tanzer, Full Stack Supply Co. Head of Hardgoods. “Our team, a cohort of footwear experts in Innsbruck, Paris, Asia and Montebelluna, combined deep experience with new development techniques and materials to bring a fresh approach to ski footwear. We share a mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable processes, materials and circularity within the outdoor footwear industry, without ever sacrificing performance and style. We are a Certified B Corp and proud 1% for the Planet partner from day one. Sustainability is at our core.”
“We’re proud to bring a technical, comfortable, sustainably-minded boot to the market. We have worked closely with athletes and engineers alike to resolve a range of performance issues, ensuring phaenom is truly different to any ski boot on the market today,” explains Full Stack Supply Co. CEO, Alex Hoye. “After intense engagement with our 650-strong retail network, we have been thrilled by the feedback for everything from the performance—including an FIS World Cup gold—to the recycled and recyclable materials, to the clean style. But the strongest feedback has been around the comfort the cabrio design and phaenom strap deliver. With our limited drop this year we wanted to give the riders in the most-worn sizes of the distribution curve in Europe a taste of what we have been developing. We already have strong support from retailers and riders around the world for our full launch in 2024.”