So I have been skiing since I was 5 yrs old, but for the last few years I have actually been snowboarding, and I also took a break from both for about 4 years, but now I'm back and all in, I want to live the life of skiing nomad and maybe make a name for myself in the ski industry. I'm having a dilemma with what kind of boot and skis to buy because the technology has grown so much since I last skied. I would say I about a intermediate skier but I also excel very fast, when I was skiing, my dad was taking me down black diamonds by age 8 or 9, so I don't want to buy a boot I'm going to grow out of to quick, and yes money is a issue because I'm a lifty at my local ski resort, so I don't have much of it. Anyways to get to my question. My intensions are to get into backcountry skiing and hiking lines for that 5 minutes a heaven. I'm looking at a AT boot, the Black Diamond "SLANT" to be specific. It fit the best out of the AT boots I tried on. However with purchasing this boot am I screwing myself when I'm just running the groomers and the resort. It's priced very well right now 289.99$ and that is about my max right now. I've gotten a lot of feed back on this and even know the specs say it is a 110 flex, it really isn't that stiff and with all the great skis they are making this day, I've been told you don't really need that stiff of a boot, the skis will do it for you. What I'm getting at is I want to buy a boot I'm not going to have to replace in 2 or 3 seasons because my skill level has increased. I more or less want to get a boot I can grow into. I've tried on all the black diamond AT boots and the "hybrids" and also the Salomon Quest and out of all of them the black diamond SLANT fit the best. With buying this boot am I going to hinder my skiing if say if I'm riding in the park or just the runs at a resort. I've heard that black diamond AT boots are made for the ascend, so the performance on the descend lacks, what is your take on this, because I do want a boot I can scream down the line on and hit a 40 foot dropper. I like to go fast!!! I did like the Salomon Quest, but when flexing my heel was coming up kind of minor but still coming up, I just had to much room in there. Is there any boots you could suggest, I've been told I have a ideal foot for fitting, not to wide, good arch, etc. and remember I'm not trying to break the bank. Thank you for reading this and any advice would be greatly appreciated. GOOD THINGS TO ALL....
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4/12/11 at 12:54pm