I'd say I'm an intermediate skier, I've been skiing for about 20 years. I'm finally going to purchase my first skis, I'm thinking from REI since they have a sale and an amazing return policy. I was trying out ski boots, and found one or two that felt alright--no serious pressure points. I did notice that I felt pressure on the front of my calves that was not comfortable. Is this normal for ski boots? Anything I can do about it? I don't want to buy boots and find them uncomfortable to ski in. Any suggestions about flex ratings, etc? How do I know if a boo fits me well?
Finally, if I take boots bought at REI to custom boot fitters at Mt. Hood Meadows, could they help me out with the calf pressure?
All of my skis and boots thus far in my life have come from rental shops.