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Boot rating or designation

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I'm shopping around for some new boots, and in the process noticed that a particular boot can be classified as a beginner boot and as an intermediate to advanced boot depending on what site or store you frequent. What really dictates a boots designation? I always thought it was the stiffness (flex), the last, and then liner (performance vs. comfort).

 

For example, The Atomic Live Fit 90, the manufactures website calls it a "perfect boot for the advanced skier looking for comfort" but I have been to websites calling it an intermediate to advanced intermediate, and then to a ski shop that tells me it's a beginners boot. 

 

In the end, I don't really care what it's called as long as it fits properly and performs to my abilities, but in the Chicago area we just don't have demo days available to really try a boot before buying it. 

 

 

post #2 of 6

Think about the range of sizes and weights of humans... think a 230lbs 6'4" guy might flex a boot different than a 5'2" 110lbs person? Using 'performance classifications' to describe boot performance is silly at best, it's a moving target that really depends on the end-user.

 

Boot performance is all about how a boot interfaces with the human that is using it. Marketing is all about buzz-words and descriptions (like classifications)... pay attention to fit and how the boot will work for you, forget marketing terms. They are meaningless.

 

PS- The unfortunate reality is that all boots touted as 'intermediate' or 'comfort' are designed to suck until the liner packs out, then they suck even more. Adding fluffy foam to the liner and making the shell wider and less anatomical will lead to pain and anguish, not comfort.

post #3 of 6

Most of the boots for the big guy are to soft while many for the smaller foot are to stiff.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

post #4 of 6

Whiteroom has it correct.  Ignore flex ratings, ignore labels and marketing designations.  Buy fit and the flex that you FEEL works for you.

 

Lou

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info everyone, I've learned enough around here to not just go buy the marketing or labels. I just found it interesting that the same boot was classified different ways by so many different sites or people.

post #6 of 6

Sometimes the only difference is color or buckle!

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

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