Boy, the Centrix system seems to be a love 'em or hate 'em system. I'm
still on the love 'em side, but I've modified the heck out of them to
get there. To date,I've skied or rollerskied about 40-50 times in them,
and feel like I've gotten some level of appreciation for them.
THE BAD: I hate the laces. Tightening them enough for me meant
stopping after 5K and re-tieing. I was going to try waxed hockey laces,
but decided another route.
The factory insole isn't going to fit a lot of people
If the tape lacing isn't installed perfectly, the lace that crosses
underfoot will pull on your arch
They are a bit heavy
The square nose can make it a bit more difficult to clip into Pilot
The first thing to do are to trash the factory insole in favor of
something like a Superfeet insole or the one out of your favorite
running shoes or old ski boots. A lot of getting these to fit right is
filling up the volume while still providing the right kind of support
for your feet. Make sure it has a firm bottom or the tape lacing will
pull too tightly and kill your arch. The factory insole isn't really
that high arched, but the soft bottom means that the tape lace affects
the underfoot tension.
I've got feet that actually fit Carbon's really well, but I liked the
Centrix concept and have tweaked them to fit my feet. To date, I've:
-replaced the factory insole with Superfeet 'green'.
-added a thin pad under it to fill up some volume.
-Added a little moleskin between the shell and liner to tighten up the heel
I feel like I get better stability at speed than with my Carbons or the
Xiums I had.
I can wear them in sub-zero weather without my toes freezing off.
They really work well in forcing the knee forward position, and allowing
Price point is far more acceptible than the Carbons. I can buy a nugget
of FC1 for the difference.
The verdict: B+. I'll keep them, but I'll keep my Carbons too. I'd like
to see if Eli and Fischer can get some of these things fixed by next
season, particularly the lacing.
(not sponsored by Fischer or any other ski vendor).