- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have to strongly reccomend against this boot. There is an intrinic design flaw that the fabric upper on the vamp simply wears away underneath the cross buckle. When the buckle is fastened down, fabric is pinches against the shell edge. When skiing uphill, it rubs back and forth under the buckle causing the fabric to wear out. Newer generations seem to have addressed this flaw by having a plastic outer tongue (like a TLT5/6), but their lighest weight boot still seems to omit this part. After only 36 full days of use, I have worn holes clean through the upper. Arcteryx has denied my warranty claim as "wear and tear." Yes, it certainly is "wear and tear" but it is absoutely premature wear; one should expect more out of a pair of boots with such a high MSRP.
But they are well designed for comfort on the uphill so it's got at least that going for it. They ride alright on the way down too,