Originally Posted by Smartyiak
Unfortunately, some of us get that misinformation from retailers. I am in the market for new boots and was trying them on at local ski stores. I was asked what type of skis I have; I told them that I currently own the Volkl Bridge and that I like them.
The guy fitting the boots told me that I didn't want to get boots w/ a flex >110 b/c I may overpower the ski. He further explained that b/c the Bridge has no metal, the additional boot stiffness will transfer the energy wasted, in a lower flex boot, to the ski. I was told that if I got too stiff a boot, I might have to buy new skis as well.
I had never heard of that and didn't buy boots there...but that was information provided by a retailer.
(Unless I'm misunderstanding what Dylannn is saying.)
Well...um...errr....the kid is kind of right. But he has an odd way of looking at it.
At its simplest:
Expert skis are different to beginner and intermdiate skis. Expert boots are different to beginner boots and intermdiiate boots.
Expert skis are designed to offer maximum performance...translate tiny moves from the boots into precise adjustments and manipulations of the ski. To transfer these tiny moves, you need precise boots. This means stiff (laterally especially) and thin liners.
Intermedite skis are desinged to be more forgiving. This means they ignore tiny moves from the boots, and offer a stable predicatlbe ride...but sacrifice performance in doing so. This is achieved by being torsionally soft. Hence if you had performance boots, you wouldnt get the performance because the skis would just "ignore it"...or to be more correct the skis lack of torsional rigidity would not keep up to the performance of the boot.
This is not to say the skis will explode...but if you are an expert skier, you need expert skis, and boots...intermediates need intermediate skis and boots...and so on. Mix matching expert of one with intermediate of the other will result in the overall performance being lowered to the lowest of the two. Of course this assumes you have the skill to push either one.
So I dont know the skis you mentioned, but if they are intermediate skis, and you are tyring to get expert boots...ya, the store guy is right in saying somthing. To get a higher flexing boot to flex, you need to ski at speed and start pulling Gs. That is how you flex a 150 boot. Its is not just your wieight, it your weight mulitplied due to Gs. If the skis cant pull Gs because they are torsionally too soft...then you wont be able to flex the boot...and...well that isnt good. So it seems he was simply saying to you...hey, you got a mis-match here. Either you skis dont match your skill level or your boots dont.
Hence buy boots that fit. Then ensure they match your skill (manufacturers make a line of boots, so there is a variety of skill levels offered for a given last). Buy skis that match your skill level and the type of skiing you do do...not what you see your heroes in the ski movies do. If you follow that, you dont need to match skis to boots, or boots to skis. Match boots to your foot, and skill....skis to your skill and type of skiing.