Background info: I currently wear a Lange CRL 80. This was the year I was going to get new boots because mine are a little too big and I have a hot spot on the outside of my foot at the base of my pinky toe. I am 5'8", 150#, advanced skier that does about 50/50 groomers and off-piste. My powder skiing is weakest since I lack experience there. I don't do any park skiing. Living in TX I only ski about 8-10 days per year.
On day one of my recent Whistler trip I stopped by Fanatyk to get some new boots. Unfortunately it was not meant to be as they didn't have anything that would fit properly. The fitter suggested I look at the Dalbello Viper 10 or Viper 12 but I am finding very little information about this boot. I need a size 26 and the shop only had a 27. Can anybody give some reviews of this boot? The fitter was convinced this was the right boot for me and he suggested I buy it at another shop, then bring it back to Fanatyk for footbeds. I checked a couple of shops but couldn't find it so I put off buying anything for now.
On to my specific questions:
- How will the 100 or 120 flex stack up against my current boots? I'm considering getting something stiffer since I struggle to flex stiffer skis but that could be my technique and weight just as much as my boots. Will a stiffer flex help me in this regard? What is the tradeoff, comfort?
- Should I risk ordering a size 26 online now given that I won't ski again until next season or is it better to wait until the start of my next trip and buy at a local shop? Note that I have not tried on a size 26 and only shell fit a 27 which the fitter said would be too big.
- My fitter suggested that I need a boot with a narrow heel and wide forefoot, and that I pronate quite a bit when flexing my knees. Will the Viper fit the bill?
- Is the ID liner on the Viper 12 worth the cost? Pros/Cons?