Originally Posted by KingGrump
Skiers often buy too much boot.
Pairing the known quantity of your skiing ability from the video with the Head Raptor 125 boot tells me you have too much boot.
Boots that are too stiff generally kick the skier into the back seat every chance they get.
Also going with your height and fit issues mentioned, the 26.0 boot is probably too big for you. Hence the too tall cuff & sprang ankle feeling mentioned.
Over tighten the buckles to produce a snug fit only stiffens up the boot and not allow your feet to relax.
Try skiing with all the buckles open (power strap secured only) - If your feet slips within the boot then they are too big.
Find a good boot fitter and you will be surprised the miracles they can perform.
Lessons also help a lot. Life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself. Learn from other's.
BTW, I ski in a pair of Head Raptor 125.
I appreciate the advice, but my 135 flex is here to stay (as I've lost the black plastic filler plugs for the drilled holes... the similar ones from my Raptor LTD do not seem to fit).
While I was skiing in the backseat that day and most of the early season (I could feel it because with aggressive quick carves especially toward the bottom of the hill I could feel my tail gripping the snow), I do not anymore.
I have since skied about 40 days, and I no longer ski in the back seat on groomers. The base burn on the edges of my base are actually forward of where I'd like it.
On one powder day at Winter Park I actually tried to lean back to raise my tails but it didn't work. I guess I'm not having back-seat issues. Back-seat skiing once seemed easy, but now I am more balanced skier.
Also, indoors on a flat surface I got in my boots and got into a static squat, and according to Ron LeMaster's "Skier's Edge" boot-balance criteria, the boots pass for me being in balance with that amount of flex and forward lean.
When I was skiing the Raptor LTD, one day we had perfect groomed snow (and before I fucked up my base edge), I realized compared to my older skis that I could really energize and lean into carves without negative repercussions. Well, I didn't like the feeling of the 115 boots flexing WAY forward, which just ended up giving me knee pain for three weeks. I like the stable feeling of the 135 boots.
Also, please re-read my comments on the 26 boots. I don't think you understand... my foot is very long, I wear 10.5 shoes... I have about 1 finger shell fit in 26... I can't go any shorter; as is my toes are uncomfortably squeezed into shell. The issue is the length of the cuff, because my legs are much shorter than men of average height (that the cuff length was designed for).
Now, what I have done is remove the HEAD liner which is too small for the shell... I've put in my comfortable 27.5 HF pro liner from my Raptor RTD boots into the 26 shell... it was a tight squeeze but it filled in nicely, and also took my custom footbed. I still must punch out more of the shell, but that's no problem.