Hey gang, I'm just getting the itch for trying new boots. I've got a pair of excellent Rossi Elite Bandit 1 Carbons now:
These boots ski very well, only thing I'd change is just a slightly softer forward flex. But I wouldn't change the lateral or aft stiffness, feel, or responsiveness, I really love how these perform. I used to race, and skied in monster stiff boots, and this was a natural pick, a de-tuned racing boot essentially, with a comfy liner and slightly toned down forward flex. I just want to tone down the foward flex even a bit more now.
I've found that the new skis (I'm on Head Rock n Rolls now) are so easy with turn initiation, that I can go a little softer in forward flex--which will make more versatility. I find myself skiing with the upper cuffs buckled fairly loosely more often than not, and rather than go that route, I'm thinking it's better to maintain full snug contact with the boot for max communication, but lessen the forward flex stiffness so flying through bumps and rapid short radius turns on steeps is more fun. I still do some quick cruising here and there, but I'm not in a GS or Super G course any more, and I avoid icy conditions, preferring to ski soft stuff and pow primarily.
I'm still having fun, just not trying to beat any times, not bombing like a maniac, just having fun tree-skiing, some bumps and teaching/cruising with my kids all over the place.
The Rossi's I have now were rated as:
- Ability: advanced-Expert
- Flex index: 120
- Stiffness: stiff
I have a medium width forefoot, narrow-ish heel, med-high instep. I wear a really old set of superfeet korks I made for myself an embarrassingly long time ago, and they fit my feet perfectly so I'm covered there.
Got any recommendations for an all-mtn/free-skier with decent skills who likes racing boot response but without the stiff forward flex?
Thanks, I really appreciate your opinion and insight. :)