“A two buckle boot! Are you kidding me?” Yeah, thats what I would have said too about 2 weeks ago. This is until I test drove a pair of Ghosts for a few days last week and was really impressed. They are super stiff and comfortable at the same time. I know ski boots are not supposed to be comfortable, but after three days of charging around in these pieces of plastic paradise my feet felt better than they have all year.
The White version is the 2011 and the black one is the 2010. The only difference I am being told by those who know is that the 2011 model is heat moldable. (The whole shell not just the liner.) I did not see a need to heat mold the ones I was riding. This sounds like a feature I would never use, but maybe it works?
The stock liner is probably the best I have ever seen. It has some hard plastic on it and more importantly sports a snowboard style drawstring that cinches down to add some more stiffness to the system. Lets talk about stiffness for a minute. I dig a stiff boot because it is hard to ski fast on variable snow with a softy. If you have ever skied fast you would already know this. How many world cup racers or pro big mountain skiers ride in a floppy park boot? The Ghost is easily the stiffest boot I have been in. After five season in the Rossignol Squad 130 boot I am jumping ship to the Ghost.
I started scrambling to find a pair after my extended demo period. After pulling all the strings I could it was clear that a deal on 2011 models was not going to happen. Al’s Ski Barn has some 2010’s for a damn good price so I went ahead and bought those. If you think you can’t kill it in a pair of two buckle boots look at good old Cody in the shot above. Maybe this is a bow that can help you be a better indian on the slopes.
These boots are pretty tough to get on and off, so Cody made a video to show us how. Thanks Cod.