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70 flex boots for 190lbs beginner, too soft?

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Is 70 flex a little too soft for my weight?

 

How stiff should I go? 80? 85? 90? But anything stiffer than 80 is rated as intermediate - advanced boots. 

 

I found 3 boots (flex 60, 70, 80, haven't found any 85) available in local store. All of them feels about equally comfortable.

 

Basically I'm deciding between 70 and 80 (both are Atomic LF). I don't know if I should go with 80 which is an intermediate boots and may last a little longer for me. Or should I go with 70 which I was told it would be easier to control and progress for beginner.

 

I was wearing 60 flex rental boots before, so I could not really tell how 70 and 80 will feel differently on the snow/skis.

 

Help me choose please.

 

Thanks!!!

post #2 of 5

Yes.  Go 90.

 

 

 

But it sounds like you are at a large "box store", not a proper ski shop with experienced boot fitters.  Just because a boot feels comfortable in the store, dont mean it fits.  Stand in the box the boots come in...I bet it feels comfortable too, just like you are in your socks! 

 

Its worth spending the little extra and making the effort to get boots that fit right.  A good boot fitter goes along way.

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Originally Posted by richard117 View Post

Is 70 flex a little too soft for my weight?

 

How stiff should I go? 80? 85? 90? But anything stiffer than 80 is rated as intermediate - advanced boots. 

 

I found 3 boots (flex 60, 70, 80, haven't found any 85) available in local store. All of them feels about equally comfortable.

 

Basically I'm deciding between 70 and 80 (both are Atomic LF). I don't know if I should go with 80 which is an intermediate boots and may last a little longer for me. Or should I go with 70 which I was told it would be easier to control and progress for beginner.

 

I was wearing 60 flex rental boots before, so I could not really tell how 70 and 80 will feel differently on the snow/skis.

 

Help me choose please.

 

Thanks!!!

 

 

The answer is 'probably'...  We don't know how tall you are, how strong, athletic, foot shape, volume, ankle range of mobility, etc... These are questions that any good shop with half competent staff will as you and asses in helping you find the right boot. As a beginner, as skidude says, you really need to get your first pair of boots sorted out with some proper help in the process. Save $$$ on skis, poles, clothing, etc.... but boots you really have to get right even if you have to pay a bit more.

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I agree, go stiffer...90 is still pretty light, especially if you are taller. The fitter part is important, what will get you out of those first boots the quickest is they will be too big. Think about your goals in how quickly you want to advance, because what you do with boots (and orthotics) will be critical.
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Originally Posted by richard117 View Post

Is 70 flex a little too soft for my weight?

 

How stiff should I go? 80? 85? 90? But anything stiffer than 80 is rated as intermediate - advanced boots. 

 

I found 3 boots (flex 60, 70, 80, haven't found any 85) available in local store. All of them feels about equally comfortable.

 

Basically I'm deciding between 70 and 80 (both are Atomic LF). I don't know if I should go with 80 which is an intermediate boots and may last a little longer for me. Or should I go with 70 which I was told it would be easier to control and progress for beginner.

 

I was wearing 60 flex rental boots before, so I could not really tell how 70 and 80 will feel differently on the snow/skis.

 

Help me choose please.

 

Thanks!!!


Speaking as a relatively recent beginner, certainly compared to most on this board:  the frustrating thing about your initial equipment purchases (boots and skis), is that everybody will tell you to "ski them and see how they feel."  And they're right.

 

But here's the problem with that advice:  you don't know how they should feel.  So buy something fairly middle-of-the-road, and work in a particular direction once you have some idea what you like.

 

But you really do want to find a good bootfitter.   They won't be able to do as much for you now as later, when you can tell them more about what you like and how the boot feels, but it will be much, MUCH better than trying it on yourself, or with some big-box sales staff, or even with someone at a specialty store who doesn't have a lot of experience fitting boots.  And you can take them back for tweaks as needed (they will be needed), which the big boxes really aren't set up for.

 

I spent a couple of years thinking that it was either me or the skis that were getting wobbly at moderate speeds on moderate slopes.    Couldn't be the boots:  I'd bought them at a local ski shop!   Wrong, wrong, wrong.   Seriously:  get a recommendation for someone who knows what they're doing.   You'd be amazed at how much a bad fit will slow your progress and hamper your enjoyment.

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