Tecnica Agent 80 ski boots

GearFlogger reviews the Tecnica Agent 80 ski boot OK wanna-be secret agent man, your gear is here. The Tecnica Agent 80 ski boot is designed to help you move your skills up to double-O status. The 80 indicates the flex rating: this is a relatively soft boot with forgiving flex that non-expert skiers will appreciate. If you've got lower-volume feet consider the women's version, the Agent 90, which is also a stiffer boot for intermediate skiers who are moving to expert.

The Agent 80 is a stable, intermediate-level 4-buckle all-mountain/freeride boot with a wide 102mm last that will easily accomodate C to E feet. Power strap,heat moldable liners, adjustable cant and micro-adjustable buckles let you dial in the fit. The 80 lacks the additional fit options on higher-end models: no heel inserts, walk mode, etc. One annoyance: the power strap tends to ride up on the inner boot instead of sitting on the shell, and it's not adjustable unlike some other models so you have to pay attention to it.

Foot volume is listed as medium but I'd call it large. At 5'10" and 180lb, for my lower-volume size 9.5 feet I had to get an insert (not included) to soak up some of the space. Inserts are not cheap, so if you have low-volume feet and don't have a spare pair of inserts lying around, it might be worth it to move up to a model that includes more adjustment. Once dialed in, the Agent is definitely a soft, comfortable boot. The tongue has a convenient loop that is useful both for carry and for setting it in the correct position. All in all, with an insert everything works for me except the lime-green color, but for the price I'll deal with it.

$226.85 (on sale from $349.00) at Amazon



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