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How important are boot flex ratings?

post #1 of 5
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Hi, just asking for a bit of advice about flex index. I've skied in rossignols, xena x10 for about 4 years totalling about 13 weeks skiing. At the time of purchase, I was an intermediate/advanced skiier, comfortable on blacks and just beginning to carve and hit moguls hard. My fitter didn't let me know at the time, but the xena x10s have a flex of 40/50 and a last of 104, which match the specs of a beginner boot, as far as my research shows.

 

I'm now an advanced skier, pretty aggressive on the bumps and carving is automatic. Should I get a new pair of boots? My xena's have been good to me, they're only slightly packed in and in good condition. I just don't know if a stiffer, more 'advanced' boot will improve my skiing. I really want to start hiking up to the good snow too.

 

I have quite a wide foot, so I think a 102 last is ok, but I don't know what flex rating is appropriate if I do decide to buy a new pair. I know that Rossignol or Tecnica seems to fit my foot shape. But new season boots are quite expensive, so I might wait till 2015 anyway.

 

Many thanks for your replies!

post #2 of 5

40/50 is a very soft boot, however some flex numbers are not the same as other flex numbers, i don't know the model you have so cannot comment on the flex numbers on it

 

if you are looking at new boots then you need to try a few different things on to get an idea of what works for you

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply. I was looking at the Rossignol Vita boots, but I know to try before I buy. I just don't know what difference the flex rating and last makes to skiing. Is it that important?

post #4 of 5

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me


this should help answer some of your questions

post #5 of 5

Flex rating is almost without value although actual flex is not.  As far as try before you buy goes does know how you'll arrange a boot demo.

 

Lou

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