I notice that some of the best reviewed/recommended boots are also the stiffest. Certainly in these forums, the top ranked boots are the stiffest. Makes sense, but what about someone that isn't already an expert, but hoping to improve? I consider myself a Level 6 skier, and after sloshing around in way-too-big-and-wide Salomon boots, I'm absolutely upgrading to a PROPER pair of new boots this year. With new stiffer skis I've bought now as well, I’m planning on picking up speed and carving harder since I'm only on East Coast groomers.
Should I be looking for stiff boots (>110) that I can "grow into" in terms of ability? Would they pose problems now though? I don’t mind spending some good money on great boots and a custom fit, but I’d prefer if they can last for awhile and wouldn’t need to be replaced when I’m better in a year. Is there a brand/model of boot that’s more versatile in terms of adjusting the stiffness, or are those just gimmicks? I’ve researched some very good boots but I’m suffering from info-overload in trying to narrow my needs/preferences. Should I just go with a stiffer boot right off the bat, etc or are some more versatile?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.