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SKIING's Boot Testers

SKIING's Boot Testers

Gear
By Adam Hirshfield
posted: 08/14/2000

Below are the folks behind the boot test: the testers. Here, also, are their stories.


ANDY GOULD
36, 5'10", 175 lbs.
Loves crud and bumps. Wears torsionally stiff race boots with a good power strap.
Style: So fast, "my hands are shaking at the end of the run."
Favorite Boot: Tecnica Rival RX

LINDA GUERRETTE
43, 5'4", 130 lbs.
A former ski tester, she prefers a soft-flexing, torsionally stiff boot.
Style: Fairly powerful, but has a good amount of finesse.
Favorite Boot: Tecnica Icon XT

KEVIN KANEDA
38, 5'9", 165 lbs.
Skis to impress the ladies and prefers responsive, unforgiving boots for his short, quick turns.
Style: Fast, aggressive, and smooth. Is the same on skis.
Favorite Boot: Tecnica Icon XT

GREG KELLEY
41, 6'0", 150 lbs.
Had an "enlightening, orgasmic experience" with a pair of softer, flexible, downsized racing boots.
Style: Anything, anywhere, any time, at any speed.
Favorite Boot: Head WorldCup Ti M103 R

JOHN LANCASTER
40, 5'9", 155 lbs.
Calls himself "the coolest guy I know." Loves ungroomed cruising in laterally strong race boots.
Style: Skis fast in all conditions with subtle, soft movements.
Favorite Boot: Atomic 10.50

JEAN LAVOIE
40, 6'1", 190 lbs.
This Quebec native likes a laterally stiff boot with a good forward flex.
Style: "I'm no god and I'm not fast, but I'm smooth."
Favorite Boot: Lange L8

DAWN LYNCH
33, 5'5", 122 lbs.
An all-mountain rock star who craves laterally stiff boots for stability in the terrain park and on the racecourse.
Style: "Sometimes I ski so fast I scare myself."
Favorite Boot: Salomon Pro Model

ERIC MCVICKER
33, 5'11", 170 lbs.
Prefers a stiff, quick race boot for his skinny ankles and heels.
Style: At his best making precise, quick turns.
Favorite Boot: Head WC Ti N97

PAM MELONE
38, 5'5", 145 lbs.
This Loon native wants an aggro fit with high performance.
Style: Not ultra precise, but a powerful all-mountain bulldog.
Favorite Boot: Tecnica Icon XT

PATRICIA PERKINS
41, 5'11", 145 lbs.
Needs a boot that fits around her "hot dog-shaped foot."
Style: A smooth, strong skier ("for a Minnesota girl") who works the ski tip-to-tail.
Favorite Boot: Rossignol Race 1

KATHY RYAN
53, 5'8", 140 lbs.
A native Michigander and veteran instructor who loves the variability of crud skiing because "I never know when I'm gonna get a knife pulled on me."
Style: Silky-smooth.
Favorite Boot: Nordica Wave 8.2

CINDY RYERSON
38, 5'6", 150 lbs.
Prefers stiff-flexing boots for high speeds, but ones that are also comfy enough to teach in.
Style: Aggressive, powerful. Strives for sound, balanced turns.
Favorite Boot: Nordica Wave 8.2

WILL SLIGH
36, 5'11", 165 lbs.
His narrow feet make hardcore racing boots a perfect fit, even in crud, slush, and bumps.
Style: Smooth, effortless, and technically perfect.
Favorite Boot: Tecnica Icon XT

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