I posted this in the boot guys area and got one reply that said "learn to flex the ones you have or buy softer boots" which was a bit redundant since the question was pretty much "should I buy softer boots or learn to flex the ones I have." So, since the boot guys have shrugged their shoulders, what do you say? How do I "learn to flex the ones you have?"
I'm skiing on The Beast. My second pair. I replaced my first pair after they went out of production with the help of one of you guys who happened to have a pair in the back room the right size. I like the way they feel and work, although the examiners at my last exam did not and neither did my coach at Snow Performance (Crystal Mt, Washington). His comment, "your ankles aren't going anywhere - you hit the cuff and - thunk - just stop." The examiners said, "create more tension/flexion at your ankles with the turns." So, yeah, what's up? My technique needs work, sure. But the Beast is not a particularly stiff boot. And I'm not a small guy - 5'10", 185 lbs. What is keeping me from "creating more tension/flexion at your ankles"? I figure I need to polish my technique and maybe also get new boots and/or new examiners and coaches. Snow Performance syas I should look at some sort of Lange which he suggested has all kinds of options and, now, is wide enough to accomodate my aircraft carriers. I don't know anything about this new mix/match Lange or how it might improve my situation. I'm no racer, but I think I ski pretty aggressively, prefer to spend my time off-piste. Are my boots holding me back? Should I be looking for a softer flex? Or just taking more lessons? Thanks for your time.