POsted this elsewhere and then saw there is a boot specific forum..thanks :)
My DD is a u-12 Racer. By old standards, she would be a 1st year j4 this year. She is 5'2", 85 lbs and has a 255 boot (it might be a little big). I never skied growing up and I love a deal, so I stubbled upon Tecnica Attiva Pro women's race boot with a flex of 100. I bought them thinking I was doing her a favor. Last year, she skied effortlessly. She looked so graceful and she did very well in racing. I was amazed at how well she did because she never looked aggressive, but she put up some really good times..I guess her technique was strong. Well, this year, she has been looking more tentative to me. I thought it was because she was on longer skis this year. After the first race of the season, she was disappointed because she felt she didn't ski as well as she could have. I started to question all possibilities and when I spoke with her coach, he asked what boot she is skiing. When I told him the boot, the thought it was WAY too much boot for her and that at her weight, she should be on a softer flex. She tells me she can flex them, but I don't think she can flex them as much as she needs to.
So, I called the boot fitter to see if he could help me fix my mistake (I bought boots online..never again). he said that he should be able to soften the flex. I looked up the boot she was on last year..just a Dalbello Menace 4 buckle and saw the flex was only 40!!! EEEEK, no wonder she is more awkward and upright this year. She has a race on Saturday morning and I can't get up to the mountain until tomorrow afternoon. So, do you think her boot fitter will be able to get her enough flex in that Technica boot or should I just look at buying a new Jr Race boot for her race Saturday? He has the Nordica Dobermans in her size and I think they have a 70/75 flex rating. I might see if she can squeeze into her boot from last year, but I think it might be too small. Thanks in advance..