I extracted the text from the flyer, with light editing by WildSnow for clarity and brevity:
– For weight savings, the (Freeride Series) cuff will be injected in Pebax, as well as both the Alpine Norm and Touring Norm Sole Sets. Not only is it lighter, the Pebax cuff is also more elastic and responsive, while the lower shell will continue to be injected in PU to preserve the Freeride boots’ damp, solid, alpine-boot performance. (See our WildSnow first-look review of Delirium backcountry skiing boot.)
– The Water-Seal Gasket will be injected in a silicone-like material for the best snow and water seal, and for maximum elasticity to prevent deformation.
– Play in the ski mode of the ski/walk mechanism has been eliminated (WildSnow thumbs up on that).
– Delirium and Asylum liner’s perceived volume has been reduced for a denser foam in the forefoot area. Toe room remains the same. These liners’ dual-density foam is still very comfortable and can be skied (WildSnow note, by most skiers) without thermo-forming. The Mystic and Azula will use softer liners, like the samples, for those who prefer more volume.
– The zeppa (WildSnow: e.g., inside of shell where your foot rests) is flatter for better pressure distribution. It is injected in a new, lighter weight, more rigid material, giving it much more precise edge to edge performance, and eliminating sponginess can create an unwanted sense of extra volume.
– The structural, “smoke” colored internal Pod reinforcement will change to True Black to properly match the Pebax cuff’s frame.
– Ease of cuff-buckle closure has been improved with a longer top strap and an additional top buckle catch position. The strap is scored should the customer prefer to remove the extra length.
– (WS addition) All boots in Garmont Freeride series have swap sole option, thus all can be configured with tech fitting equipped AT sole blocks.
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WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.