Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this liner:
Considering his skiers profile:
"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."
Weight:82 kg180 lbs
My favourite freeride skis:
1. Blizzard Bonafide
2. Kästle BMX105
3. Liberty Genome
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Please take a look at my Intuition Pro Tongue review, where I discuss my shell alterations and my foot type.
This is my third long term review of a "conventional tongue" Intuition heat moldable liner, using the same sizing for all, and with use in my Dalbello Krypton KR shells. Here are my observations of the Intuition Luxury HV (high volume) liner.
Impression prior to heat molding
- This is the thickest foam volume of the three liners I have reviewed.
- Permanently removed supplied laces from liner.
- The specs list the height of this liner between the Dream and Pro Tongue, but it is higher than both when compared side by side, which I prefer.
- The liner has so much volume, it will barely fit in my shell prior to heat molding.
- I would recommend "heat molding" this liner prior to use.
- Definitely the tightest fit of the three reviewed.
- Offers the most foam volume in heel-ankle area of the three compared liners, yet still comfortable in fore-foot area.
- New textured anti-microbial lining (similar looking material to stock Dalbello liner).
- Softer foam and tongue compared to Pro Tongue, similar to Dream Liner.
- 9mm foam thickness under foot( which is used in all 3 volumes of the Luxury Liner), thicker compared to Dream, or Pro Tongue.
I decided to heat these liners in my home oven. (Note: Intuition does not support heat molding in your home oven, and recommends molding by a qualified shop.) Using the guidelines of temperature listings from Intuition, I set the oven slightly below the recommended 246 f (119 c) temp, at a conservative 225 f degrees, and following the time recommended by Intuition, I heated the liners for 10 minutes. I placed the liners in the oven with the toe pointed up. I then placed my "Volcano" insoles, which are very similar in volume to the stock Dalbello insoles, into the liner, and placed the liner in the boot. Immediately inserted my feet (with the supplied Intuition toe spacer, and thin sock) into the boot and buckled lightly, and stood with my toes on a 2x4 with slight forward pressure for approximately 10 minutes.
Impression following heat molding
- The volume of foam is reduced following heating, but still very snug (tightest of the three reviewed).
- Liner now fits normally in shell.
- The foam in the Luxury is softer than the Pro Tongue (initially thought I felt some reduction in direct communication of leg movement to liner, in comparison to the firm foam of the Pro Tongue) but never seemed to be a issue when skiing.
- Foam volume in heel-ankle area is tightest of the three tested.
- Even with this tight fit, The Luxury HV is more comfortable in ball of foot area compared to stock Dalbello liner, with comparable comfort to Dream Liner.
- The tight fit of this Luxury HV liner may make a custom thick orthotic insole difficult to incorporate.
- The tongue stays in position during skiing, unlike stock liner.
- Very little break-in period with this liner.
Impression on the hill
- This is my favorite of the three tested Intuition Liners, even though the other two are excellent!
- Extremely tight fit, but no noticeable decrease in blood circulation.
- Due to soft tongue and softer foam, I had to tighten the upper cuff of boot to provide adequate support, compared to Pro Tongue.
- I did have to tinker with heating (using hair dryer) and compressing foam around my ankle, and toe length area. Intuition did suggest, that the HV volume liners may require more shop or personal customization, and I think this is correct, but offers the most tight, and precise fit, that I have ever experienced.
- As with all three liners: very warm, very light.
- Very satisfied with simple home heat molding process listed above.
Who is this for?
- If you have a low volume foot.
- If your stock liner did not fit tight enough.
- If you like a very snug fit.
- If you do not use a thick custom orthotic.
- If you do not mind tinkering a bit with liner to perfect fit.
- If you want a easy and superb custom home fit (order over the internet).
- If you had to add rubber to the outside of your stock liner, to tighten heel pocket.
- If your fore-foot was cramped, and heel loose in your stock liners.
- If you prefer a taller liner.
- If you want a warmer liner.
- If you want to reduce the weight of your boot.
Intuition about the Luxury
"The Luxury HV (High Volume) is the thickest tongue style liner in our collection. The thick foam under the foot and throughout the forefoot and heel, make this liner ideal for narrow feet and ankles, providing incredible heel hold", says Intuition