I count myself very lucky to have skied the Scott Voodoo NTN now since spring 2013. The more I ski them, the more I love them. I used to be a Scarpa fan, but to be comfy in a T1, I needed a 29.0 mondopoint, in a Voodoo, I'm a 27.5!
For me, it has unrivalled performance and comfort. I'm now using this boot and my NTN setup to teach alpine skiing both on and off-piste, such is it's performance and comfort. In alpine turns the precision and overall preformance is simply excellent, of course the same goes for tele turns.
I love the way the shell and liner fit around the foot and shin, giving an incredibly natural and progressive flex and awesome lateral power transmission. Scott attribute this to their 'Power Wrap' technology which is a unique overlap system allowing the shell to closely follow the anatomy of the foot. You can feel this the moment you put the boot on, it has a very close feel. Multiple injections laterally reinforce the lower shell without impeding the natural flex of the boot. These technologies certainly work as the Voodoo easily competes in terms of performance with it's 4 clip rivals.
The Voodoo has a number of replaceable components including; buckles, the power strap, the walk/ski mode, and a clever protective mount behind the bellows to prevent bellow damage from the inside ski. This means that once you've got the right fit, if something breaks you can replace that part without having to buy a new pair of boots.
The immediate impression you get when putting on the Voodoo is one of precision, it has a low volume liner which makes you feel really close to the shell, over two-three sessions the liner moulded impressively to my foot and the boot went from slightly too small to perfect in no time. I am really impressed with the level of comfort of the low volume liner. Overall, the shell has a roomy toe box which helps prevent the telemark black toe nail, and the 'PowerWrap' technology helps the shell close naturally around the foot without causing pressure points. Although the tongue moves a lot when you put-on and take-off the boot, you can use this to your advantage to position the tongue in just the right place before tightening the clips.
Scott have added a unique buckle closure system which prevents the buckles becoming undone, this means you can ski with the clips up but still attached, perfect for releasing tension on the chairlifts or when hiking. The shin buckles also have 3 separate positions for the latch which you can adjust using the supplied allum key, this means the Voodoo can adapt to a wide variety of calf-sizes.
The Ski / Walk mode is easy to use although personally I'd like a bigger latch to use with gloves on. However, the range of movement is very good thanks to the 'PowerWrap' technology which allows a more independent movement between the cuff and lower shell.
If you're in the market for a new tele boot then the Scott Voodoo is available in both NTN and 75mm formats. It's a powerful boot that tranmits lateral pressure very well and has an excellent progressive flex. Weighing in at only 1820g in a mondopoint 27.5 it's an excellent choice if you like to hike or skin. Scott have successfully managed to develop a boot that is light yet powerful and very comfortable. That's not an easy combination to achieve.
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Name: Ben Langridge
No. of tele years: 20
Current Ski:Scott The Ski
Binding: Rotefella NTN Freeride
Boot: Scott Voodoo NTN
Occupation: Alpine and Telemark Ski Instructor.
Work Profile: 10 years teaching Alpine and Telemark Skiing in the French Alps.
Favourite Tele Terrain: Bumps and off-piste.
No. of days off-piste per year: 2-3 days per week during winter.
Favourite off-piste itineraries: Mont Roup, Le Cairn, Lavancher, and La Foglietta (Ste Foy)
Sponsors: Scott UK, Planks Clothing.