Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush Ski Boots - Women's 2012: Not for the timid casual skier, the Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush Ski Boots offer a performance, low volume fit for the expert female skier. The Viva Inferno was built for high performance riding with a flex of 100 and narrow forefoot width of 98mm. The Quick Instep System allows for maximum performance without painful entry and exit. The velvet fur lining is the icing on the cake that adds a splash of comfort to this outstanding performance boot.
Shock absorbing Zeppa (boot board) is made of a soft rubbery material that absorbs shock on impact.
The Viva liner features a velvet fur lining that enhances comfort and provides a quick drying and warmer liner.
The Hook-and-Loop Fastener powerstrap has a built-in flex and rebound feature. The 45mm elastomer construction offers rebound energy, a progressive flex and shock absorption as well as a better wrap and closer around the leg.
Hinged Instep Catch offers better pressure distribution and easy entry exit.
All Viva liners utilize lasts of women’s feet to create the best fitting boots. A narrower heel pocket and wider forefoot offer a well wrapping, anatomic fit.
The Inferno cuff alignment system is easy to use and effective. It aligns the cuff to follow the shape of the lower leg increasing comfort and enhancing performance. Duel cuff alignment (inside and outside devices) increases the effectiveness.
A Hook-and-Loop Fastener rear spoiler made of soft, shock absorbing rubber cushions hard landings. It is easily adjustable for personalization. It can be moved to different positions, or removed altogether.
The new Quick Instep System offers those seeking a low volume, 98mm shell, the opportunity to experience the performance without suffering the pain of entry and exit. A softer piece of plastic is co-molded in the instep area allowing the foot to slide in and out with ease.
The flex on the Inferno can be adjusted by removing either 1 or 2 of the rivets found on the rear spine.
All Viva models offer the ability to snap a heel wedge onto the footboard for those female skiers who have difficulty keeping their hips forward. A 2.5 mm wedge comes with the boots and can be used or not. It will also act as a volume reducer for those needing added heel hold.
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Comments about Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush Ski Boots - Women's 2012:
So far I've only skied these boots 4 times this spring. I've only skied hardpack & soft spring snow so far. I'll have to wait til next winter to see how they do in powder. I don't recommend this boot for beginners. It is fairly stiff (although you can adjust the flex) and tackles the mountain really fast. This boot performs beyond my expectation and gives me more confidence to ski aggressively.
After years of skiing on boots 2 sizes too big, I finally got properly fitted. I wear size 6.5 to 7 womens street shoes. I ended up getting sized for mondo 22.5 (or women's size 5.5).
I only give this boot 4 stars because it seems to take awhile to get these boots warm up inside. It can get a little wet inside the shell around the toe area. My 4th & pinky toes do get a little scrunched but after putting in custom foot insoles it hasn't been a problem.
I'm amazed by the performance of this boot and willing to sacrifice some comfort. They do have the faux fur liner at the top of the boots which helps with entering/exiting the boot and helps with shinbang. To top it off, I think boots are very stylish.