Garmont Prophet NTN Ski Boot - Men's - 10/11: Garmont Prophet NTN Ski Boots
If you are a tele skier, you've been dreaming about this. A Telemark boot that feels like an extension of the foot. The new Prophet NTN uses the new Garmont Power Wrap shell. The high Overlap shell design follows the contours of the foot and ankle more precisely than traditional tongue designs for the most responsive, progressive flex.
The Power Wrap shell fits out of the box like bootfitter has already customized it. The shell wraps very close to the foot and has been punched and shaped to fit the anatomy of the human foot.
More room for the big toe - allowing the toe to point forward where it can provide the best balance.
Room for the "6th" toe or Tailor's bunion - accommodating a typically tight spot for most skiers.
Room for the navicular bone - typically crunched when buckling performance boot. Garmont has punched a pocket for this bone.
Punched asymmetrically for the ankle bones.
Deep heel cup to accommodate common heel spurs
Shell: Quadruple Injected Pebax.
Liner: Rapid Thermoformable.
Closure: 3 Wide Open buckles and Power Strap.
Weight: 1820 grams (4.01 pounds)
Forward Lean: 25° and walking mode
|Boot Fit Heel:||Medium|
|Boot Fit Instep:||Medium|
|Closure:||4 wide open buckles. power strap|
|Country of Origin:||Italy|
|Liner Type:||Rapid Thermo|
This is my third year on the Prophets. I have the older model with the softer flex. The boots themselves are well built and work well. I sized for comfort after years of race fits. That may be the issue.
I wear a size 9-9.5 in street shoes, and went on the high end of the sizing spectrum to a 27.5. They feel right, lengthwise, but I have major heel lift issues. A full length shim helped, but it took up too much room in the toebox and cramped my feet. I ended up cutting up a shim and putting a double layer in the heel while leaving the toes alone. With one day on the new arrangement, I think things may have finally settled in.
Beyond sizing - Walking mode works well when the buckles are undone. I can skin for hours with absolutely no discomfort. I really like Garmont's mechanism that holds the buckles, even when they're undone, until you press on the release button. It makes for much quicker transitions from touring to skiing. The cant adjustment doesn't go far enough to account for my needs. I haven't experienced anything like the other reviewer, where the bales press into the boot toe.
Given the chance to do it again, I'd probably go with a different boot.
This was my second NTN boot and it didn't last too long for me. The boot definitely isn't as torsionally stiff as any of the Crispi boots or the Scarp Tx-Comp. Granted the boot has a smooth forward flex, but this is to an extent. If you ever get in a deep turn, you can feel the toe box deform over the toe bail of the binding. Garmont designed this boot with such a tight fit into the binding, that the boot will start to fold over the bail and put pressure on your big toe if you have a performance fit. This also cause the whole toe box to deform. This doesn't happen in my Shivers or Comps, both of which I also have a performance fit. Even though Garmont "stiffened" up the bellows, the bellows aren't as stiff as stated. I would compare them to a Scarpa T2 or Garmont Synergy, but nothing like the Voodoo or Energy as in bellows flex. For all these reason I lable it the "False" Prophet.