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Boot flex for a new female skier, 29 years old and athletic

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Hi all,

 

Looking at a boot for my girlfriend who I am going to introduce to skiing this winter. I want her first impression of the sport to be positive and know from experience what crappy rental boots can do to morale. I'm hoping to find a good fitting boot with performance characteristics she can grow into. I don't want to stick her in a sloppy beginner's boot  since she's very athletic and is serious about learning.

 

Unfortunately I don't know that much about different women's boots, particularly the flex characteristics of the various manufacturers. How much flex is too much for a beginner? How much is too little for anyone serious about the sport?

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this forum has a great wiki about boots,   flex is just one of many things that a bootfitter needs to look at for a customer, 

 

Ankle flex,

calf size

foot width

heel volume,

her weight

number of days skiing per year

 

etc

etc

 

 

the basic is that she should be able to flex her knee, past her big toe, while in the boot, with a fair amount of force.  This is assuming she has the ankle range of motion to do this without a boot on as well...

 

so many things, this is just one small part of the puzzle

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