Gentlemen, the only reason boot stiffness was mentioned is that there are no standards between manufactures. I150 doesn't equal 150, 130, 130, etc... between makers. I'm sure dawg can self diagnose this aspect of his skiing himself, but just thought that being a retailer, he might have access to the 115, and it'd be an interesting comparison for a day. The whole boot stiffness thing is also an ongoing discussion in the field about what boots are really needed to make a ski work and work well. It's my understanding that there's some re-thinking going on in WC racing regarding this as well. Bottom line is, I feel that the 130 Raptor skis as stiff and precise as boot with bigger numbers from other manufactures... I also agree that it's more important for fit/stance/alignment be worked out first if necessary. Apologies for the confusion.
Edited by markojp - 2/21/12 at 6:25pm