TOPICS & TIMES:
- Grilamid; Polyamide (PA); Polypropylene (PP) (6:18)
- Forward Lean (14:06)
- Ramp Angles (24:33)
- World Cup ski racers are weird (28:06)
- Forward Lean: what should skiers look for? (31:58)
- The 20/21 Hawx Ultra “S” (38:00)
- Ski Boot Liners (42:38)
- The “First Fit” Battle (46:13)
- Comfort vs Performance (48:13)
- Foam-injected Liners (57:45)
- EVA (“Layered Foam”) Liners (1:06:04)
- 3D Liners (1:08:02)
- Atomic’s “Mimic” liner technology (1:09:14)
- How often can Mimic liners be reshaped? (1:17:14)
- Aftermarket Liners? (1:19:47)
- The new Hawx Prime XTD boot (1:27:03)
Ski boot liners are probably the most overlooked and least appreciated piece of ski gear out there, but they are a critical piece of equipment. So Matt Manser, the product manager of Atomic Ski Boots, is back to demystify the extremely complex, very expensive, and poorly understood category of ski boot liners.
We kick off the conversation by brushing up a bit on plastics (specifically, we discuss the not-so-straightforward label, “Grilamid”); then we go a bit deeper into the topics of forward lean and ramp angles; and then we jump down the rabbit hole on ski boot liners, and talk about the different types of liners and the pros and cons of each of them; the “30 seconds” test and why Atomic views it as so critical; whether it’s smart to shove an aftermarket liner into a high-performance shell; and then Matt talks about a brand new liner from Atomic that incorporates their “Mimic” technology.
Along the way, we also talk about next year’s Hawx Ultra 130 S alpine boot, and the also-new-for-next-year Hawx Prime XTD.
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