I started researching a ‘soft boot’ solution to my problem and found the Envy Ski Frames and I couldn’t be more pleased. I bought a pair of single BOA board ...
February 16, 2018
Color: Blue|Size: Medium
I’m an avid skier. 2 years ago I damaged my left foot in an ATV accident. The injury made wearing ski boots nearly impossible. I could do it, but flying down the hill with tears streaming out of my eyes and freezing on my skin wasn’t cutting it for me. I started researching a ‘soft boot’ solution to my problem and found the Envy Ski Frames and I couldn’t be more pleased. I bought a pair of single BOA board boots and had the frames fitted on my K2 Merlin skis. To accommodate my foot, I bought boots a 1/2 size bigger than I usually wear, so the bindings has to be adjusted to fit the new boot/frame combination. A small inconvenience. Getting in and out of the frames is fairly simple and walking in them is less awkward than ski boots. I was concerned that I wouldn’t feel as connected to my skis with the frames compared to my boots, but that thought went bye-bye after the first run where I had put enormous pressure on the entire system and never once felt apprehensive. My skis responded the same as they ever had. I will say that I really cranked down on the buckles initially, and had some concern to the buckles durability, but again, it was a first run and I was being overly cautious. Even cranked down hard, the buckles performed flawlessly and got better as I moved in and out of the frames, which I leave attached to my skis when I want to take a break and cruise around lodge in my comfy board boots. If you’ve stopped skiing because ski boots are killing your feet, these frames are the answer. I recommend them highly.
Tom, Amazon Review
Great, only challenge is cuff alignment/canting.
February 12, 2018
Color: Blue|Size: Large
I have to say, I really like these. Wearing snowboard boots is so much more comfortable.
Some questions I had that I answered:
Will they be stiff enough? Probably, they are for me and I bought soft boots. I only ski groomers anymore and my ski boots were not super stiff. These are just as stiff and responsive.
What kind of boots do I need? I went for comfort and they stiffness of the boots doesn’t seem to matter too much. The most important thing is that you have at most one BOA and that it is at the top on the front.
Are they heavy? No. The frames and snowboard boots weighed pretty much the exact same as my ski boots.
What is different? They are wide. If you can generate a lot of edge angle you might boot out. Of course, if you can do that, these might not be right for you anyway. Same is true if you like to glue your feet together. They will be forced to be wider, but still within a natural standing stance. They make you slightly higher, like less than one inch. If I put one foot in these and one in my ski boot the ski boot was slightly lower.
Challenges I’ve faced:
1) it’s taking a bit of time to get good at the little things. Like how to carry them, how to put them on when I’m on the slope. I’ve only been out three days with them so far, so I don’t have any advice on those items yet.
2) I’m slightly bow legged and have needed cuff alignment with my ski boots. When I ski with these, it’s driving my legs apart. I’ve sent an email to Envy Sports for advice. I’d be interested if they have canting heels and toes (this seems totally possible, given how they are made) or if there’s a suggestion on how to do the cuff alignment or boot fitment. I’m going to try to do some shimming on the snowboard boots this weekend to see if that makes enough difference. I hope to hear back from them soon.
Overall, I’m pleased with the purchase.