I've use Salomon boot for years - they fit my feet very well, so I probably want to stick with Salomon. My last pair was the X3 130, which I loved, but are getting to be toast with a packed out liner and some damage to the hinges. Currently, I'm looking at the X Max 130 or 120, but also might consider the Quest Max 130 or 120. I have some questions that might help me narrow the choice.
The first question is about flex - I enjoyed the X3 130 flex, but a trusted sales guy suggested that I should consider the 120 because I ski bumps a lot. Having said that, I ski everything from hardpack days with carving skis to all day in the chutes, crud and bumps on mid fata and fats. I am an aggressive skier and am concerned about over-powering a less stiff boot. However, a less stiff boot might be somewhat better in the bumps. So the question is whether there is really a noticeable difference between the Salomon 120 and 130 flex. (BTW, I weigh about 170 and am 5'10")
The second question has to do with performance between the X-Max and Quest Max. Having a boot that can do some side-country and is more walk-able has some appeal. My BC boot is the Scarpa Maestrale, which I will continue to use for true BC skiing, but there are times at some hills where a side-county jaunt or two is appealing - hence the interest in the Quest. Also, doing work at ski races is also more comfortable in a boot that can release the cuff for walking. On the other hand, to me, I want performance and have been less than happy with using BC boots as a resort boot (Previously used BD Factor and others, but the skiing experience was just not the same). So, I'm hesitant to go with the Quest, as performance, to me, trumps the sidecountry or working races side of things. Will I lose substantial performance on the Quest compared to the X Max?
I might have answered my own questions, but some input from the "boot guys" should be helpful.