FULL TILT DROP KICK SKI BOOTS – 2021 – PRODUCT OVERVIEW
The Full Tilt Drop Kick is the best ski boot for anyone looking to improve their freestyle skiing game, whether that be park, moguls, or aerials. Featuring an easy to slip into classic tongue liner and a reliable 6 / 90 flex tongue, The Drop Kick will allow you to blast through bumps, soar off jumps, and ski with confidence.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX: 2 Forward Lean Wedges, 2 Medial Cuff Alignment Inserts, User Manual, FT Sticker
FORWARD LEAN & CUFF ALIGNMENT: Tool-less forward angle adjustment. Original & Soul shells: 2mm or 4mm. Easy, precise lateral angle adjustment. Original & Soul shells: 12mm.
INFINITE PIVOT: Unlike traditional designs, the rear cuff never bottoms out. It pivots infinitely forward with your calf for less shell distortion, no shin pain and more control.
WIDETRACK BUCKLE: Durable aluminum levers with a minimalistic lightweight design. This adjustment mechanism is engineered to increase precision and durability while maintaining on-the-fly, single-handed micro-adjustment.
RIBBED TONGUE: 100% Ribbed tongue enables smoother, more natural linear flex from your shin to your toe. The tongue bends like a flexible straw, never bottoming out while providing smooth rebound. No more shin bang!
ADJUSTABLE FLEX: The boot’s flex is rated on a simple scale of 4-12 (12=stiffest). Change a boot’s flex by simply switching the tongue. (Competitor’s boots require permanent cutting.)
SHOCK ABSORBER BOOT BOARD: Soft rubber layer in the sole of the shell absorbs vibrations, impact and shock for a smooth ride.
INTUITION™: All boot liners are built using authentic Intuition™ closed-cell foam. It is body heat activated to mold 100% to your feet and shells during use, or can be instantly heat molded by a shop in minutes for a light, warm and super comfortable fit.
J-BAR: An additional j-shaped piece of foam is inserted internally on both sides of the ankle area to dramatically increase ankle hold down, to keep your feet perfectly in place for precise control.
ABOUT FULL TILT
WHO WE ARE
Inspired by over two decades of consumer demand, Full Tilt was founded in 2006 with a mission to bring back to life the ski industry’s ORIGINAL 3-PIECE ski boot design. With honor, FT continues to produce & improve upon this legendary design sought-after by the best athletes in the world, who choose FT for the same reason as the everyday skier . . . COMFORT IS PERFORMANCE.
FULL TILT’S FULL STORY – FOR THE GOOD OF SKIING
During the late 60s and early 70s, NASA was in the early stages of developing the modern spacesuit. These suits, which would be used during the agency’s first lunar missions to the Moon, had a large problem. The heating, cooling and electrical lines that ran throughout the suits, which powered the suit and kept the astronaut alive, would kink, crease and crimp when the astronauts would walk and flex their arms.
Enter Al Gross.
AN EXPERIMENTAL SPACESUIT // P: MARK AVINO AND ROLAND H. CUNNINGHAM, SI
Gross with Dixie Rinehart and the NASA design team came up with the solution to include articulating hinges with ribs that allowed a natural flex in the astronaut’s ankles, knees, and elbows; preserving the shape and functionality around the joint.
Today, this technological feature is seen in everything from water pipes to flexible drinking straws.
ERIC GIESE AT HIS DESK IN ASPEN, CO.
Gross and Rinehart would eventually leave NASA and find their way to employment with a small research and development firm, Comfort Products, headed up by former racer Eric Giese. Gross applied his knowledge of space-age technology to skiing while living in Aspen. The goal was simple: to enable the boot to flex without a bulge or distortion in the lower shell, which was one of the largest problems of the day with boot design – boots during the time period had no ankle hinge. No hinge meant any distortion caused a significant loss of control.
X RAY BOOT // P: SOLE CHAMONIX
He developed many unique boot designs during this period that featured a floating ribbed tongue instead of an overlap. These designs would become the precursor to the original Raichle Flexon tongue. Tongue in hand, Giese approached the US distributor of Raichle and presented his concept with a rough prototype. Seeing the potential, Giese was flown to Switzerland to meet the president of Raichle Switzerland, Heinz Herzog.