Just finishing up two weeks skiing in Utah and it's time for me to get a new set of boots. Unfortunately, I haveridiculously tiny calves and narrow feet. Right now I am skiing on 2005 Lange CRL 90s and I can't get the cuffs tight around my shins (even after moving the buckles over) and my ankles have too much wiggle room. About me: I am 6'1" 185lbs. I am a recreational skier and have never been a racer, but ski mostly black and double blacks. I love bumps and being in the woods and want a boot that fits well but don't need something that is going to punish me for no reason.
My local ski shop had me try on a pair of Salomon X3 10 CS, which have a flex rating of 120. Overall, the boot held my ankle and shins in place much better. They were out of the softer X3 (100 rating). Both skis have a 98mm last. They also said that based on my height and weight, a boot with a stiffer flex would be better for me. My questions are:
1) Is Salomon X3 10 CS probably too stiff for me? Would someone like me be happier in the softer X3
2) Are there other boot brands/models I should check out?
3) I heard that Salomon is coming out with a boot that is softer than than to x3 10 CS for next year (110 rating). Is this true and if so, is it worth waiting for that model to come out?
Thanks for your sage advice. I am really looking forward to finding a pair of boots that actually fit my scrawny little chicken legs and narrow feet.