Full Tilt First Chair

Model Year
2017-18
Category
All-Mountain Traditional
Last Width
99
Flex Index
#10 tongue/130
Cantology Compatible
YES
Price (MSRP)
$800.00USD

The Gist

Testers liked the 2018 Full Tilt First Chair for its snug and thickly padded grip on the foot and a lively feel underfoot. They still feel overly forward leaning but appreciated the cam-lock Cinch power strap for restraining some forward travel.

The Fit

Testers felt the lower boot was much more snug than the cuff, which offered some unwanted play for slender legs. They liked the strong connection of foot to ski, though preferred it after full liner molding, which allowed the foot to seat a bit more deeply into the base of the boot, due to the thickness of the liner underfoot. Molding the liner with toe caps opened up some needed toe room as the boot fits shorter than average out of the box. The flex feel is even, cushioned and long in travel, testers agreed.

Performance

Agility and quickness are the First Chair's forte, according to testers who liked its lateral moves and shock absorbing flex—fun in the bumps and tight spots, they said. They felt the boot was less of a powerhouse than it was a nimble freerider, partly due to the more forward than average cuff angle, which detracted from a more strongly stacked leg position, they said.

Cool Features

Testers like the newer version buckle system with the Widetrack buckles for their improved ease of use.

Gender 
Men's
Sizes (MP) 
24.5-30.5
Hike Mode 
No
Heat Moldable Liner 
Yes
Construction 
Cabrio/3-PC
Boot width profile 
Narrow
Also in this Collection 
First Chair 6, $625; Classic, $400
Cantology Compatible 
YES
Total Avg Score 
17.50
  • 2017-18 Full Tilt First Chair at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Full Tilt First Chair at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test
  • 2017-18 Full Tilt First Chair at America's Best Bootfitters Boot Test

Kudos

  • “Bouncy, easy, free, pleasant flex, unique—I like it!” -- Marc Stewart
  • “Surpisingly good edge to edge—quick, like Bill Johnson winning the gold!” -- Dallas Goldsmith
  • “I'm more open-minded to this style of boot now—it skied great!” -- Stacy Crumpler

Caveats

This boot available at...

Westwood, NJ
Plymouth, MI
Ann Arbor, MI
Plymouth, NH
Chicago, IL

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