My girlfriend just completed her first season skiing, and recently we've been shopping around for equipment so she doesn't have to rent anymore, and can have something that feels more like it was made for her. First order of business is boots, and I was hoping to catch some end-of-season deals.
Here's some data that some of you may find useful:
Weight: ~115 lbs (although she won't actually let me know her real weight)
Foot Size: Her feet are actually different sizes, but I think she's measuring a 23.5 at the places we've seen.
Skier type: Right now I'd call her a pretty solid intermediate. Once she got her pole planting down, she looked absolutely graceful on easy blacks and hard blues at Kirkwood. Not too much experience yet in deep snow/bumps. Next year, I'm hoping to focus on those, and get her carving by the end of the season. Note that she's not incredibly strong and has had knee issues with other sports in the past.
My goal is to get her in a pair of medium/high flex factor boots (so she can grow into them) that fit her the way a boot should fit. There's a pretty limited supply in the bay area these days, and I don't think that the boot fitters down here have done the most thorough of jobs, but we seemed to have settled on two candidates:
1. Lange Exclusive Delight Pro (90 Flex)
2. Nordica Hot Rod 90
We also tried the Hot Rod 80 and the Delight 70, but both seemed to be for a different foot type than hers, and neither fit properly (too tight on the ankle, so she was feeling pressure points.I think the Lange's fit her more snuggly (good), and put her into a good skiers-position (very good), but she had some trouble walking around in them because her default position was a little more forward. She didn't seem to have too much of a problem flexing either boot with her stronger leg. Her weaker leg could still flex, although it was easy to see an imbalance there.
Questions for you guys:
1. For boot fitters on the forums, what kind of feedback have you gotten from these boots?
2. Do you think that 90 might be a bit too stiff given that this coming season will only be her second and she's not crazy-strong?
3. The Langes fit a little better (or maybe she was trying to humor me because I ski on Langes), but when we took off her boots, her shins were a bit red. Is this something to be worried about?
Thanks a lot for your help!