Expert Review: Full Tilt Drop Kick Pro
This review is my own honest opinion of the ski boots, which I bought with my own money in February 2020.
About this review This review is my own honest opinion of the ski boots, which I bought with my own money in February 2020.
The Full Tilt Drop Kick Pros provide support and comfort while allowing me to jump, spin, and jib without any qualms, and are geared for intermediate to advanced skiers. These boots are the ones; no shin bang - EVER!
About the gear
- Model: 2020 Full Tilt Drop Kick Pro
- Size: 27.5
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 160 lbs
- Experience: 25 years
- When I bought these: February 2020
- Days tested: 80-100
- Skis: Nordica Enforcer 94, High Society FRC
- Bindings: Rossi FKS Pivot 12s, Salomon Warden MNC 13s, Look Pivot 14s
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado - Snowmass, Aspen, Buttermilk, Copper, Eldora, Abasin, Aspen Highlands, Oregon - Timberline, Vermont - Mt Snow, New Hampshire - Loon Mountain, Cannon
- Terrain: Terrain park, moguls, trees, powder, groomers
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for new gear, because I had just snapped my current ski boots in half, directly underfoot! I was looking for a more durable boot that would have more stability and fit my foot better. I knew I wanted Full Tilt Boots, because of how lightweight and forgiving they are for jumping.
Why I chose this gear
I really like Full Tilt boots, because of their well-known performance in the freestyle ski realm. I also have never had shin bang or absurd foot/leg pain in Full Tilt boots. I did consider buying the Full Tilt Drop Kicks, but I went with the Drop Kick Pros instead because they have a higher quality liner and allow me to have higher performance on the slopes.
What I love about it
- Accuracy of Claimed Fit: The fit is perfect for me. The 99mm last width at boot size 27.5 fits my average width feet, which are street shoe size 10.5.
- Comfort: The Drop Kick Pros are one of the easiest and painless ski boots to get on your feet. The three-piece boot shell design allows a quicker in and out for me, relative to other ski boots. These boots have a fairly flat sole and footbed, which feels good for me, but may not feel the best for those who have a higher arch that needs support.
- Flex: The standard tongues come at about 85/90 flex, the only reason they get 4 stars for ‘acclaimed stiffness’ is because the tongues on their boots are rated by their own scale of stiffness. A softer flex is more forgiving and I prefer it when jumping/landing because it allows for more absorption of impact. While a stiffer flex allows for more responsive boot to ski movement. If you’re familiar with FT’s stiffness scale then you’re good to go, however, if you do not have a grasp of how stiff a #6 tongue is then you may find their rating system confusing or irrelevant.
- Weight: Super light in weight – the Drop Kick Pros leave my legs with plenty of energy, even when I’m in my ski boots day after day!
- Ease of use: The three-piece design of these boots’ shells, along with the Intuition Power Wrap Liners, makes putting these boots on painless, quick, and super easy.
- Park: These boots are #1 in the park! Softer flex, great support with the Intuition Power Wrap Liners, lighter in weight, and super adjustable buckles. Extremely well balance of performance and comfort – there’s plenty of support to keep you upright while also providing forgiveness and absorption of impact.
- Adjustability: Unrivaled! I love how I can alter the boots’ stiffness by swapping out their tongues with other Full Tilt tongues at different flex ratings. I also use their alternate heel wedge to increase the forward angle of my boot to modify my stance and where my body weight rests. The forward angle helps me adjust to keep my weight stacked over the middle of my foot as opposed to feeling like I have more weight on my heel/toe (this aids in balance throughout the ski day).
Issues I’ve encountered
- Accuracy of Claimed Stiffness: Full Tilts have their own flex rating system, so they have a little leeway in this area. My boots have tongues at a flex rating of 6, which is equivalent to about 85-90 in the universal flex rating system. I’d say this is an accurate depiction of flex.
- Backcountry: These super light boots have a weight advantage over other alpine boots, but the Drop Kick Pros do not have Walk Mode. That being said, I still go out into Sidecountry and Backcountry with them. When hiking uphill, it may be handy to outright remove the tongues and use the straps directly over the boots Intuition Pro Wrap Liners; this way you have a greater range of motion as you hike. However, I would not recommend skiing without the tongues of your Full Tilt boots secured in place. Trust me, this would feel a bit unstable.
- Grip: The boot soles are very slick with the ground. There is not a lot of grip, so I have to stay balanced when walking about in these boots, especially on ice!
Favorite moment with this gear
Oh man, I’ve had a lot of great times in these boots in the terrain park and woods. It’s hard to narrow it down, so I’ll give you yesterday’s highlight! We came down Maroon Bowl on the Backside of Aspen Highlands, we had to get across a creek and my buddies were tight-roping across a log with their boots on. I was feeling warm from our ski down and decided to take my boots off to cross the creek barefoot then put ‘em back on. It was a really surreal moment sitting in the sunshine on the edge of that creek, drying off my feet and then getting right back into my Full Tilts. Usually, if I’m by the water, I stay barefoot or have sandals and a raft or fishing pole. This time my skis, Full Tilt boots, and ski poles were my getaway vehicle!
Value for the money vs. other options
These boots are definitely worth the price! I ended up getting them discounted since I work as a ski coach, so they were extra worth it. It’s also nice because when you retire a pair of Full Tilt boots, you can use the buckles, tongues, heel wedges, or liners to accommodate a fix on your new models.
With other boots, I have noticed feeling rigid, heavy, or just awkward with my feet. Full Tilts are my favorite downhill boot because of their comfort, lightweight, ease of use, and adaptability. They’re also on the more affordable end relative to other boots.
The Full Tilt Drop Kick Pros unlock my inner freestyle champion, give me softer landings, and just all-around style and comfort!