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Is there a way to measure the best boot flex for a person?

post #1 of 4
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While I know what flex suits me it still remains a mystery as to how people are matched to the best flex rated boot for them.

I found my flex rating by buying my first pair of race boots after skiing on racing skis for years and decided to try some race boots

for the first time. The interesting thing was my race boots were exactly the same stiffness as my previous non race boots which were made before boot flex ratings came in.

post #2 of 4

you have answered your own question.

 

flex numbering is is just a way of grouping boots for market. trying to quantify with some mechanical device, could never take into account all of the variables that allow a boot to flex in multiple directions. too many variables for each human being. there is no way to measure, however you know when you have it right because it works for you.

 

jim

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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post
 

you have answered your own question.

 

flex numbering is is just a way of grouping boots for market. trying to quantify with some mechanical device, could never take into account all of the variables that allow a boot to flex in multiple directions. too many variables for each human being. there is no way to measure, however you know when you have it right because it works for you.

 

jim

 

 

 

Thanks for the reply. I had just thought there would actually be a way of measuring a person for the best flexing boot just like foot width and length. From my own experience at owning different ski lengths and widths it is the longer/wider skis that require

a stiffer boot if that is any guage of selecting the best flex. Skier height, weight and ability too would play a part. I am guessing 

as it is not measurable there would be lots of people sold boots of correct fit but incorrect flex. 

post #4 of 4

your assumption is sorta correct. lots (the majority) of people are sold boots that are both the wrong size and the wrong flex!

 

the difference is that the majority of mis-sized boots are on the too big side, and regarding flex the average skier can be in a boot that is either too soft or too stiff. (the minority in both cases are skiers that were lucky enough to get it right)

 

both results stem from our current distribution channel to the end user. retail or rental this industry is set up to mis-match ski boots to skiers.

 

jim

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