Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1504 Location: Colorado
Powder: Those boots pictured, the Burton Megaflex you mention, along with the similar late eighties boots from Alpina are all about twice the weight of the Sideral or TLT5, not really a good option for splitters at all. Certainly, someone could mod current lightweight AT boots with a sliding hinge like these old boots used, I even know of one TLT5 owner who is considering trying it as an experiment. Personally, I see no need to add the complexity and extra weight, the TLT5s can be made very flexible with some simple cuff mods, note also that a sliding hinge will interact with forward lean, this something to consider if you try it...
Joined: Fri May 31, 2013 3:39 pm Posts: 22 Location: Basalt, CO
Now that I have had some time to look at the Sideral, it has a number of features I like; short BSL, easily modifiable lean, easy one lever lean lean/lock, and shorter medial cuff. Oh, and a neutral lower.
I too just finished rigging a pair of Sideral boots and have to say I am quite happy with the fit, flex and weight. I bored out the metal lock plate on the back of the boots- front foot as close to the screw as possible, back foot more conservatively to preserve some responsiveness. I cut down the medial cuff a quarter inch to promote medial flexion while riding and also grinded down the posterior "vertebrae" to allow the plastic spine underneath to move more freely. I have a high volume foot which is also flat/wide. I replaced the liners with Intuition Pro Tour liner and feel this to be a great substitute. Overall I have to say I have very closely mimicked the flex of my spark boots while gaining a boat load of benefits on the uphill. I am quite pleased with the cheaper price of these boots in comparison to the TLT5's. I found mine online for $250.00.
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Joined: Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:24 pm Posts: 262 Location: Salzburg / Austria
I've been riding the Sideral and TLT5 for a half day each, recently. While the Sideral's forward lean adjustability is great, it was to stiff in medial direction for my taste. (without modding it)
In comparison the TLT5 was much softer medially and therefore much better to ride.
Still, after switching back to my softboots I rode 30-50% faster, more aggressive, had more fun, warmer feet and less feet pain. Will therefore unfortunately stick to softboots, no compromise on the down accepted.
(maybe, when buying TLT5s and modding them over many days, I might learn to enjoy them. Still, for the time being I will rather try Fitwells)
Really interested in these boots just saw some for $350. Not sure if they would mode up as easily as tlts. My Isanos inside lass harness just blew out when pulling the liners( ripped out of the back of the boot). I'll take these to the local zapaterro and hope for the best, but just two seasons and they are done? I want boot that might last at least three + tour benys.
Zude - I have these boots and have made no modifications to them except getting the liners molded a bit. There is definitely a learning curve as far as switching to the hard boot ride but I am absolutely thrilled with how it's riding now. On my 2nd day it really started to click and every time I ride them it gets better and better. My riding is stronger than ever because of the precision that riding these boots provides. They are incredibly light, the switch from walk to ski mode is incredibly easy and efficient, they climb great on firm snow. Ohh and it comes with a forward lean plate that has some play in it so you can lean forward into a turn without modifying anything. I am not terribly impressed with the durability so far however. We have had very little snow here in the Sierra so the first day touring with them did involve lots of scrambling and walking on rock. On the toe part of the sole there is already a piece of hanging off. It seems the sole gets chewed up pretty easily. There is also stitching coming undone on the heel of the one of the liners. Not too stoked about those two things but everything else is great. I found mine for $250 on craigslist. I would recommend getting them. FYI it does seem like making modifications to these boots is harder than modifying the TLT5 if you are definitely planning on modding them.
Tried to pull the trigger on these at 350 but they were sold out. We have a good boot fitter in town but no one sells these or dynas. I think I may go with sparks Dino binding and rangers toe piece. This hole set up should run around 850, lots money to be the Guinean on all these products. Unfortunately it won't be until next year to get this all together an on snow. Plenty of time to mod an walk around in my boots...
Just pulled the siderals out of the box and put them on. Wow ski boots... fit fairly tight (29.5) I think I'll get them punched. The vertebra seams almost unmodable to me except for the plastic ridge underneath the carbon back bone. The lean mod looks easy to do, as well as the Dremel work on the cuffs. Now I just need to order the ranger toe piece and wait for phantom or spark to start selling their bindings.
Walk mode is sweet I just wish i could test them out this weekend the snow is falling and conditions are great up high in AZ. I will try to post pics when I start mods. I think this could work....