regarding tlt5 vs One, the One has a wider fit in the forefoot. that would probably be more relevant to you if you were having issues around the metatarsals, rather than higher in the foot. but with the One made from pebax, and with a thicker liner, it would be easier to get effective boot fitting to solve most issues with fit. i expect the One could be made to fit almost any foot out there. The potential for getting a drastic fitting solution on the tlt5 is much less. doesnt sound to me that your pressure point would require too big an intervention, so if you accept you'll need some boot fitting done, your choice is still the light and relatively spartan tlt5 or the slightly heavier and more comfortable One.
Besides that, after riding the Ones on my split (Phantom Binders) i cut the cuffs a bit more than what i previously showed for my back foot, and i cut both boots same same. any further softening will require more significant mods, as i think i've cut as much as i can without compromising the top buckle. i'm really liking the ride, and am gonna let the boots break in a bit more before making any big decisions about working some more flex out of em. i'll take another set of photos just now.
i have a good season in on these now, i have still been using my tlt5s a bit, for big daze, but honestly i prefer the Ones... the Ones provide more support, and more flexibility, than the tlts5s, at a bit of a price in weight. thats kind of counter intuitive, as support is like resistance to flexibility, but i think they're a bigger boot with softer flex, so they flex fine to a point and thats it. in comparison the tlt's feel pretty noodly to me for the most part, but when i try tweaking past the noodle zone there's a hard stop which dont let me tweak no mo'. i can grab n bone airs way better with the Ones than the TLTs. Melon and stalefish grabs got easy again, not soft boot easy but plenty good for me. here's some more fotos to compare the TLTs to the Ones frontal
yogisnow, out of the box they're pretty burley, the lack of fwd flex prevents shock absorption thru the knees. if you're thinking of using them un modded, like so you can ski with em too?? i wouldn't!
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Hey CT: Note that karkis above mentions doing stalefish grabs while riding with the One hard boot. If you do this grab, you probably know it takes a good deal of flexibility to get it at all. Take a look at the Phantom Bindings FaceBook page, there should be a photo there of karkis doing a nice stylish method, also of Alister (Chimera) riding a rail in TLT5s. I am too mature to be doing super tweaked airs these days, but I have no problem with standard methods, or frontside straight air grabs. Phantom bindings help as well, as they get the boot sole right down to the board. Note, I would compare the flex of my boots (modded TLT5) to be about equal to a Driver X or Malamute in a good stiff binding (like a Burto C-14 or whatever their present carbon based binding is). In fact, I sold my last pair of Driver Xs cause I felt they were a little too stiff for me, and have been prefering riding the TLT5s even on those rare lift days. But, if a rider is looking for a super tweaky set up for roadside kicker sessions, with a flex equal to a really weak riding soft boot, then there would be no reason to use a hard boot. Of course, these days with the pro halfpipe emphasis on high speeds and huge spins rather than tweaks, those guys are riding much stiffer setups. I come from a skating background, and having a flowing riding style is really important to me, especially in powder. I also like to ride big lines, and ride fast when the snow conditions allow, which requires some support from the boots. Honestly, with experimentation and modification, one can get just about any degree of flex one wants from a hard boot set up, but it can take some effort. As karkis mentions above, for his riding he prefers the One, and even finds the TLT5 to ride a little too soft-I suspect he gets a little better support out of the One, and a little more progressive resistance when flexing the boot deeply. I think those who equate "hard boot" with ski boot (as in alpine downhill boot) are just not really familiar with the new generation of lightweight AT boots, these things are nothing like alpine ski boots in terms of flex and weight. I would compare them this way: Alpine ski boot is to lightweight AT boot, as modern soft boot is to Sorel. The difference is that big. Of course, if you wanna No Board, pick up a pair of Sorels...
i cut em with a utility knife. faster than grinding it out with a dremel tool, just gotta be really deliberate with where you want the blade to go. and safety third n shit. i got some new liners for the Ones, intuition rd classics, syked, then i put the one liners, which were kinda packed out but not too beat, into the tlt5s, where they now feel snug. hoping the higher one liner in the tlt5 gives a bit more support and progressive flex, and that the intuitions in the ones makes em like new, maybe a bit softer.