Switched from rubber to hardshell (Leverage to Syndicate) just now. In case anyone is wondering it's only about a 2-set acclimation period and I'm positive after set #2 that it's a positive move. First set, could not run my opener. Second set, smoked the opener off the dock. Once the system is trusted to not eject and kill you (which is a big mental hurdle for me anyway) it actually allows you to feel more confident in your connection with the ski and really lay into it. I don't know how else to describe it.
ANYWAY, now that I've got it I have some potentially stupid questions and nobody I ski with runs a hardshell. These are pretty specific to a Silveretta-style setup (Reflex/Edge/Syndicate):
1. Do you guys remove the boot after every set or generally leave it connected to the ski? I'm assuming remove it. How about for storage or transport? It's odd that my ski is now two pieces so this is stuff I haven't thought about before.
2. For RTP folks what is your strategy for RTP proximity to the back of the boot as well as foot insertion now that I have this release mechanism there? I used to slam my rear foot in and when my toe hit the front boot heel, I knew I was there. Now I'm a little hesitant to slam it in there knowing I could crash into the Silveretta. Already did, actually, and cracked my toenail. Thinking of putting some foam or something for the toes to potentially crash into? I really put my foot ALL the way in the RTP and do it as I'm getting up. I initially tried the rear plate back a hole but that was too much of a change.
3. Do you put your liner on, then slip that into the boot or just put your foot right into the boot with the liner in it? I'm assuming the latter since putting the liner in and out would probably cause it some wear and tear on all the inner boot surfaces.
4. Do you put the boot on in the boat, then step over and clip it on while on the platform or attach the boot to the ski then step into it, etc? What's the order of events there?
5. After your set when you are waiting for the boat to pick you up are you disconnecting the ski in the water or clamoring up, then popping it off on the platform?
All of this stuff I've never had to think about before and I'm sure doesn't really matter, BUT, there may be specific reasons practically why people do stuff in a certain order or way and I don't know that it's been discussed before.