I'm an intermediate skier that likes to do the occasional black diamond. This is a great boot for people with wider feet but low volume ankles.
The 'Contour 4' is actually quite noticeable, and without it, I'd have to find a roomier boot that would offer less control. This boot literally feels like it is shrink-wrapped around my foot. The increased level of control this boot gives me is amazing, and makes it noticeably easier for me to make turns. My last trip, it gave me enough confidence to explore a few of the double-black diamonds at Meadows Ski Resort located at Mt. Hood, OR.
Since the ankle is low-volume and the lower portion of the shell is very stiff, it's not the easiest boot to get into. However, it's something I'm happy to live with if it means I get a boot that fits like a glove. The heel and toe are actually sloped a little, which makes walking around in them MUCH easier. The inner boot has a plastic plate built into the shin which does a very nice job of reducing shin bang.
I definitely recommend ordering from Peter Glenn. When they first sent me the pair of boots, one of them had the wrong inner boot. Their customer service was very responsive, and they managed to ship me a new pair of boots just in time for my upcoming ski trip the following weekend.
These boots fit perfectly! They were easy to get into and to buckle down. My daughter said they fit great and I didn't hear a single complaint all weekend! To top it off, peter glenn had the best prices on shipping! Success!
I love these boots, I have been skiing for 25+ years and these are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. I have bunions on both feet and I can ski with these boots and my arch supports for hours with no pain, very comfortable. I wear a size 8 to 7 1/2 shoe and I ordered a 24.5 boot, and it is perfect. :)
From top to bottom these boots rock. The Blender is slightly wider than its Krypton brothers. It's pretty much the same shell as the Nordica Double Six and Ace of Spades, but it's upper and lower Polyether Shell is a little bit more latterly stiff for your freeride days, whereas the SEBS material in the Nordica boots may not beat you up so bad in the park. If you have not skied a 3 buckle yet, check 'em out at a shop near you. If they fit your foot, you are in for a huge treat. I was a Lange guy for years. Am now in a Dalbello and I don't ever think I will look back.