Black Diamond Equipment Stiletto Boot - Women's - 10/11: Stiletto Boots
Their top-of-the-line women's freeheel boot, the Black Diamond Stiletto craves big skis and fluid lines-be it waist-deep pow in the British Columbia backcountry or off-piste action at La Grave. A responsive Flex 100 Triax Performance Frame and Power Fit Light liner with Boa closure provide the performance you've come to expect for driving modern skis both in-bounds and out. With a simple flip of the ski/walk mode lever, the Stiletto transforms from an in-bounds shredder to a smooth, comfortable touring boot on the skin track.
Flex 100 with MidStiff bellows.
Women's Power Fit Light Liner with Boa closure system.
Boot Liner : Women's Power Fit Light.
Frame Technology : Triax-Performance.
Flex Index : 100.
Forward Lean : 14-22.
Shell Material : Pebax.
Cuff Material : Polyurethane.
# Buckles : 4.
Bellows : MidStiff
|Binding Compatibility:||75 mm|
|Boot Fit Heel:||Narrow|
|Boot Fit Instep:||Medium|
|Country of Origin:||Thailand|
|Frame Technology:||Triax Performance|
|Liner:||Power Fit Light|
|Liner Type:||Women's Power Fit Light|
|Weight:||7 lbs 11 oz|
|Black Diamond Stiletto Tele Boot||$494.25|
I've been on an old pair of Scarpas for the last 5+ years, with lack of funds to get a new pair of boots. I finally bit the bullet, and picked up a pair of the Stilettos this season, and I couldn't be any happier. I will say that a brand new pair of these are NOT comfortable- but it's the new boot syndrome, can't expect anything less. As soon as you get a few days in them, and get them thermomolded, the liners will fit to your foot like a glove, and give you the power and direction you've always wanted. I am a 7.5 street shoe, and the 24.5 couldn't be any more perfect.
The boa system is new for me, but I definitely like it. You get an equal pressure throughout the liner, so you're not sloshing around, and you don't have to worry about laces coming loose. The four buckle system is great as well- again, allows you to bust down the boot without making your feet go numb. Overall, I'd say these guys are the most comfortable pair of boots that I've ever had.
As for function, these are amazing. They're a 110 flex, but they definitely feel like they have all the power you could want. I ride them between a pair of Rossignol park skis with the 02, and a pair of Moment big mountain skis, also with the 02s. It was a lot to get used to at first, but once you do get used to them, these babies ski smooth! Amazing for both big mountain, as well as park skiing!
I did originally have worry that the 3rd and 4th buckle would conflict with one another while skiing- I drop very low every turn, and was afraid that the two buckles would hinder any further movement down. But I haven't had any issues with that thus far, and don't think I will in the future.
I honestly can't stress enough how much I love these boots- can't believe I went for so long without them! They look good, feel good, and drive a ski like nobody's business. BD Stiletto FTW!
....and just as good all the way through! I was initially impressed by the quality and solid feel. And a bit intimidated! These are my first 4-buckle tall tele boots. My first run was daunting. I was over-correcting and tense. By the second day I was relaxing and found the sweet spot. Adjusting and allowing the boots to do their job requires subtle skier input. The physics in action is really great! By the end of the second day I had a huge smile on my face and realized these will improve my skiing. I have yet to hike with them or hit a variety of terrain but I am sure they will be awesome! The new Boa system is so easy. I still need to bake them. My foot is narrow and the female-specific model conforms nicely with a narrow heel pocket. I definitely recommend these babies!