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Thread Starter 

I'm just starting to think about getting a new pair of ski boots -- studying reviews, reading discussions on epic, talking to guys at ski stores, etc. 


My current boots, tecnica diablo sparks, are 4 years old.  They're in good shape, but when I got them four years ago I was still  mostly cruising down green and blue groomers.  So, any thoughts on:

  • Would I noticeably up my game by upping my boots?  My kids and I are now mostly ski blacks, trees, bumps and some side country (my son tells me we're going to do more of that). 
  • Does the flex number on the boot matter that much -- or is that more important for cambered skis on piste?  My sparks have a flex of 80.


Thanks.  Let me know if you need any more info.  To you boot experts out there, sorry if these are dumb questions.  As I said, I'm just starting to read up on boots.

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The answer to your first question is that yes, new boots probably would "up your game."  BUT, only if you get them from a knowledgeable and reputable boot fitter.  If you go to a big box type shop where they just ask for your shoe size, then present you with a pair of boots and say "try these on," new boots won't really make any difference.  The difference between those two approaches to getting new boots is probably two sizes.  If your foot can move around inside the boot you can't really control your skis.  Flex is important whether you ski on piste or off.  Even without knowing your weight, I would guess the boots you have are too soft.  Flex indexes are meaningless across brands and often not helpful within the same brand.  A 100 flex Nordica most likely won't have the same flex as a 100 flex Lange or Tecnica or ??  A good boot fitter can help you determine the right boot, length, width and flex.  Go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology and then check the "Who's Who" to see if there is a fitter either near where you live or near where you normally ski.  If there isn't, ask and someone will be able to recommend a fitter.

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Have heard good things about getting boots at Ski Center in DC.  Been around a long time . . . website says 50 years.

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Have heard good things about getting boots at Ski Center in DC.  Been around a long time . . . website says 50 years.


When I lived in the Washington DC area, Brian Eardley (sp?) was "the guy" for area bootfitting.  He was based out of the Ski Center; that was 10+ years ago now, but if he's still there, I'd go see him.

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I worked at Ski Center long ago, for 6 seasons. Brian Eardley is a really good bootfitter. He taught me a lot about boots (and skis).
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Another Ski Center recommendation- great people to work with.  They fixed my Technica's that were almost unwearable after a day's skiing and now they feel great.  Very reasonable prices and great service.

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Thread Starter 

Guys -- thanks.  Yes, I know the Ski Center well, and have dropped several $$$ there over the years for myself and my kids.  Sometimes I go there just to hang out.  I was there this last weekend talking ski boots.  I had thought to get a pair for my son (18 y.o.) as an Xmas present, but my wife thinks his feet might still grow -- so maybe we'll wait a couple more years.  But in the process of talking boots for him, I started thinking maybe I should upgrade my boots... 


mtcyclist -- I'm 150 lbs.  My current boots seem tight -- I don't think I can move around in them.  OTOH, since I haven't tried new boots, I don't have anything to compare against.

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