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Is it ok to get a boot that is designed above my ability?

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I would consider myself a very strong intermediate skier, putting in approximately 20 days a winter. I am 35 and 6' tall 230 lbs, I figured with my weight I can get away with a stiffer boot. I have tried on many and the pair that seemed to fit the best was the Tecnica Demon 130's I love them, but they are intended for pro level skiers. Whats the downfall? Maybe they will bring my ability up to that next level?

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Hi Chris,

 

     Better than buying one below your ability---you can always grow into it skill wise.  Plus they could be softened if need be.  It depends on your skill and weight.

 

mike

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So what are the downfalls of a stiff boot?

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@ your body weight a 130 flexboot should work great even for an intermedate sk
iers, go for it,
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Sounds fine, regularly put beginners in 120 flex boots, that said, I've never but an Expert in a 70 flex.

 

It's simples; You begin, you buy beginner boots, quickly you improve, your boots seem loose, you replace them, then you buy intermediate boots, a bit tighter, a bit stiffer and you improve, your boots start to feel loose, you by advanced boots, it's here when you get a fitting normally, and depending on build and aspirations you might just stick with these boots, but will often have enjoyed the benefits of fitting so will go buy expert boots and there the story ends, until they wear out and need replacing.

 

However, our argument is simples, when you begin, why not start with a properly fitted boot as stiff as your body can flex? In the shop a boot flexing well is a good indication of what will happen, for sure it's warmer so the boot will be softer, but on the hill when it's colder and stiffer you are traveling as a certain speed and are clipped into a binding, so the net result will be similar.

 

You are going about things in the right way, buy quality it will last as you will not out grow it. believe me the manufacturers would like nothing else than you to flow the process in my second paragraph.

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