Also, about the boots...
since I really appreciated all the feedback on my boot purchase as well
I thought it would be nice to let you guys know how they feel after a week of early season skiing.
Excellent. I'm extremely happy.
Lange RX120: The bootfitter narrowed it down to three boots, and i ended up going with the Lange RX120, as I had a special deal on it,
although it was a close call as I was really intrigued by the ID liner of the Dalbello Krypton Pro.
Mondo Size: I hadn't mentioned that all the bootfitters I had gone to (maybe 5) had me in a 26.
My previous boots were a 27. The last bootfitter I went to took out my insole and showed me how the lint had accumulated as evidence that my foot was sliding a lot,
he spent a good amount of time looking at my feet, asked me lots of detailed questions about how I ski, and left me in the boots for a good long time
letting me compare how different boots felt against one another -- he told me, after getting all that info that he thought I would be happiest in a 25, so thats how I went.
really happy with that guy and my boots.
Custom Footbeds: I also got custom footbeds with him.
Mainly I've noticed that its kept my forefoot from splaying, so I didn't need the toebox banged out.
Also, I've noticed less lag time in applying my inside edge, as my foot isn't collapsing down, instead the pressure goes right to the edge.
Boot flex: I've paid attention to the flex, as 120 is the high end of what I was going to do,
and on early season snow that flex feels good, as I'm mainly ripping groomers.
By the end of a hard day I do notice that I may be shying away from the front of the boot a bit,
maybe my shins are getting beat up a bit? Maybe I'm just getting tired.
i think I might take out the first pin to soften them up a bit just to test it out.
Interestingly enough when I'm on steeper bumps (what little there are) I feel I stay forward more bc the terrain demands it
and its at the end of the day going fast on groomers where I notice I shy away from the front of the boot.
After a week of skiing, on only one of those days were my feet uncomfortable,
and I rectified that the next day by making sure the tongue was in the right position,
I think the tongue was pulling the liner back and crushing my toes.
Pushing down on the tongue seemed to make more room in my toe box.
Haven't had that experience again, so I think thats what it was.
i really love my new skis too,
but i'm clear that a lot of their performance I owe to my better fitting boots.
I'm thoroughly convinced that sizing down my boot has been huge for me, (custom beds have also helped),
and I would never had made that move without all the insistence on here to go to a reputable bootfitter, and
letting me know exactly what that meant i.e. how to know when I found one that worked for me, so, thanks guys.
The kendos go a lot straighter than my old AC40's, and seem to have all the hold and power, although in a different way.
They feel more nimble, more like they listen to me rather than the big rocketships that the AC40's were.
they are definitely more fun in the bumps too than my AC40's were, easier to catch air.
I have noticed the tail on the kendo's seems long, I find myself a lot more aware that I have a tail, I'm sure that it what gives this ski
a lot of its character, which I love.
Cheers! and Thanks!