I'm ready to replace my entry-level boots, which I found adequate until halfway through the season when I replaced my short, beginner skis. The 60-flex boots were too soft to begin with (I'm 5-11, 185), but they had beern working OK. I'm 64 years old and not much better than a beginner, so I wanted comfort and a forgiving nature above all.
When I upgraded my skis to a longer, intermediate-to-advanced model, things went from not-too-bad to much worse. I found I couldn't really "drive" my new boards adequately, and I sort of blame a season-ending crash on that lack of control (that, and a moment of stupid inattention).
So I want to start the new season in a stiffer boot. How much stiffer? That's my question.
Perusing other threads, I was surprised to learn that 90-flex is regarded as soft by many, and that guys my age often go much higher, even to near-racing levels.
I realize that flex numbers vary from brand to brand, and even from model to model, but I'd appreciate some guidance on what range I should be shopping in.
I've only been at this for two seasons and don't really have grand ambitions, just to get better and more confident and have fun. I ski mainly small hills in Ontario and Quebec, but plan some roadies to bigger, better mountains next year. I want more control, but I'm leery about getting something too high-performance for my low-intermediate skills and any age limitations (I'm pretty fit, but I'm not a kid).