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What's your favorite boot on an MOB front plate?

What boot are you using on MOB (or older OB4), and why do you like it?

Looking to replace my 7+ year old Roxa hardshell that I got with my original OB4 plate. Been reading a lot of posts, and also emailing with Mike about options. I've had no major accidents (read - broken bones) since moving to OB4/MOB after a really bad broken ankle on non-release boots. Needless to say, safety is high on my priority list. I'm LFF with a RTP.



  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,550 Mega Baller
    Personally FM shells. But get new g10 sole plates from MOB if you're using an OB4 system.
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 354 Crazy Baller
    I use a reflex boot, with the cuff cut down
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,074 Mega Baller
    Goode shell – prefer the lower durometer (more compliant than most hardshells), broader, flatter heel base for mounting, cuff articulates freely through typical ROM.
    Leary of OB4; the big holes in the ski plate reduce the frictional contact with the boot plate. Personally pre-released (with 90 ft-lbs setting) out of onside with subsequent scorpion, spine stiffness limitations remain after 4 years. If you’ve had no issues then great. The MOB interface/system makes more sense to me; so far so good.

  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,068 Mega Baller
    I have a radar vapor. Took out the boa and put on a set of reflex buckles.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 991 Crazy Baller
    @Gloersen a prerelease will kill ya ! crank down Spring tension, it will still release in fall
  • OscawanaSkierOscawanaSkier Posts: 79 Baller
    Thanks for the comments so far. Anyone have experience with HO Syndicate’s 2021 Hardshell on the MOB?

    I’m also considering the Radar Carbitex, but I’m a little leery of leaving the hard-shell world. I remember how much more “connection” I had with the ski when I first went to hard shells. Not sure I want to give that up.

    @BraceMaker - yeah, I’ve got an OB4 front plate, but an MOB sole plate. I switched over when I moved to a RTP from a double boot (and @mmosley899 was kind enough to send me a spare front plate he had around).
  • Moskier3evMoskier3ev Posts: 182 Baller
    I am coming off ankle surgery and had purchased a 21 HO Hardshell at nationals for my tricker. Since my injury I put it on my slalom and after a few sets I have been very happy with the performance and comfort. The most comfortable binding I have ever been in.

  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,164 Crazy Baller
    @OscawanaSkier since you have the chance to choose any shell you want, I would go for the one that is as flat bottom as possible, light weight, possibly not very thick bottom and has a soft cuff. And if it has these attributes without modifying... even better.
  • LK_skierLK_skier Posts: 57 Baller
    I just upraised myself from OB4 to MOB - really impressed with how it works and feels. I'm still on my original Roxa binding too. Possibly a reflex boot?
  • OscawanaSkierOscawanaSkier Posts: 79 Baller
    @skialex - based on @Gloersen’s post, and other posts I’ve seen, maybe you’re pointing towards the Goode??

    @Gloersen - sorry if it’s a silly question, but what is the white around the toe box on your Goode boot in the photo above?
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,074 Mega Baller
    @OscawanaSkier - instamorph moldable plastic; one molten layer applied between plate and boot while deftly bolting boot in place. Shape, trim plastic before it solidifies. Results in the boot forefoot firmly affixed to the plate; greater roll/tip input.
  • OscawanaSkierOscawanaSkier Posts: 79 Baller
    Ok...let’s keep this going. What are the other mods you have going on here?

  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 1,074 Mega Baller
    edited February 15
    the nylon washer stops limit ankle hyper flexion, the stainless cables (are a backup) serve as an Achilles brake strap under sudden hyperflexion/load --> low stress release. Have ruptured both Achilles on separate occasions - skiing pretty well up till the 2nd occurrence. Don't care for a 3rd, would probably have to quit.
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,164 Crazy Baller
    @OscawanaSkier yes Goode PowerShell is what I had in mind... but I wouldn’t rule out the radar vapor shell either. Performance wise, vapor shell is made specifically for slalom, if it wasn’t for the way it releases, I would have tried it for sure. On a mob system it becomes a mechanically released system. You would need to change the bungee cords with non stretching ones or buckles. You can’t have both ways of releasing... could be dangerous.
  • mmosley899mmosley899 Posts: 688 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @OscawanaSkier if you want a boot that sits flat, use the Radar Carbitex or the Pulse. Both are great boots and you will still feel the hardshell connection. They are the only boots specifically designed for slalom skiing and have the desired features @skialex mentioned. You must eliminate the bungee laces so that the Mob release is the only way to release.

    I did get to see @Gloersen ’s Goode boot and like the new features, the one I have is an older version. But also a great choice.

    While the HO boot is loved by a lot of skiers, it does not sit flat at all, and requires the use of the cradle that HO provides. The boot itself has a very large rocker built into it. But I have mounted a few for skiers using the cradle on a specifically designed MOB boot plate.

    The Roxa boot you have is the forerunner to the Reflex Supershell. That boot is still a great choice and you can flatten the bottom somewhat if desired. It is still one of my favorites and I still use the original one I have. Check for closeouts on the older Supershell boots, the shell itself is still the same.
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  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,550 Mega Baller
    @skialex Maybe less dangerous and more expensive if your boot keeps ending up on the bottom of the lake ;)
  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,164 Crazy Baller
    @BraceMaker a financial danger in this case... 😂
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