Originally Posted by miniSki
I find that so much sporting equipment is designed for the average size male. I'm 5'4" tall and 110 lbs. I've been skiing for 25 years and mostly ski intermediate and expert terrain. I have a pair of skis that I really like (159cm, Fisher Maunga). One review I read for them said "great for a midget or a small woman". I've had the same boots for many years and really need to replace them. They are made by Lange, I'm not sure of the model.
I have narrow feet and need a narrow boot, but also one that has flex because I'm not a powerful skier. Any recommendations? I've found that most narrow boots tend to be really stiff because they are designed for racing. Thanks!
Your perception is correct---most boots are designed for men---that said, it is possible to modify any boot to soften its forward flex. Seek out a boot fitter (not a boot seller) and get the needed modifications and enjoy those Maunga's.
If as you said you "aren't a powerful skier" be certain to pay attention to your center of mass, since you have a slimmer leg your COM may be oriented behind the boot sole center and you will find the boot to stiff, the G forces will sink your hips downward and back before you can pull yourself forward over the boot sole. By adjusting the forward lean on the boot, you can bring your COM into the correct position.