Hello--I just bought the Dalbello Aspire 6.9, but am a bit unsure about the purchase.
I had narrowed it down to the Tecnica Viva Fling and the Nordica Hot Rod 7.0 at another store where the guy fitting me said he thought it would be a good idea to go with a stiffer boot based on my past history (pretty athletic and flexible, no foot problems, started skiing this winter, taking a lesson once a week, and progressed to black diamond by the end). I really liked the Tecnica but was getting a pretty severe pressure point on my left shin, which the guy said probably would not get better. The Nordicas were comfortable, but just didn't feel as snug as the Tecnicas, which felt like they were built around my feet except for that pesky spot on the one shin. So the Tecnicas were basically out.
I went to another store where I ended up buying the Dalbellos, where the sales guy assured me that even though they're softer boots, they're still good for the skiing I plan to do. My concern is: are they too easy of boots? I'm hoping to do a lot of skiing in the Northeast this winter, but I don't want to realize that the boots I just bought won't be adequate after another season's worth of improvement. The Dalbellos are rated as Beginner-Intermediate online, while the Nordicas are Intermediate-Advanced.