- Montana St Alum
- Posts: 144
- Joined: Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:42 pm
- Location: Wasatch, Utah
- Ski style: Old dog, new school
- Favorite Skis: Blizzard Rustler 10
- Favorite boots: Tx Pro
- Occupation: Retired, unemployable
Staying inbounds on 75mm, you wouldn't get any improvement by going to anything else.
- Posts: 1
- Joined: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:48 pm
- Location: Lake Tahoe
- Ski style: Aggressive
- Favorite Skis: Head Kore
- Favorite boots: Anything lighter and stiffer than what's on the market
- Occupation: Outdoor Industry Ski Bum
I am a huge proponent to upgrading to NTN. There are a lot of better options in terms of boots/bindings that are far more superior than anything 75 has to offer. Also the more tele skiers convert to NTN, the better for the industry. To get the Hammerhead feel I would direct you to the Outlaws. As for boots that are similar to the Seekers, it's a tough call. If I recall those boots are for a wider foot, but it's been so long that I've skied in those that I couldn't give an accurate NTN suggestion. Probably the Scott NTN boots rather than the Scarpa. Crispi if you can find a pair.
All said, I understand the financial restrictions of upgrading to NTN.
My 2-cents on transitioning from HH to replacement.
1. I needed to upgrade to stiffy springs on the Hammerheads. Vice has stock springs, and I have not noticed a difference. Maybe my diet was more effective than I realized?
2. Replacement parts for Hammerheads will be getting harder and harder to find. Believe it's near impossible to find HH stiffy springs now; other parts will soon follow suit. Believe HH parts are no longer rolling off the manufacturing line, so what's left is what 22D and retailers have in stock. Given that HH are rather bombproof, should not be a big problem, but it's still a consideration.
3. Stock Vice heel plate does not have heel risers; the stock Axl does have heel risers.
4. HH has 5-positions for the slick pin. May be better for more soft feeling is using 75-mm for less "down" and more "across" or "up".
5. My HH's always made an audible "spring" every time I flexed. Have not noticed it with the Vice.
I like the Vice. It's not better than the predecessor, but not worse either. Can't go wrong wither way.