I'm a bit stuck here. I was on the market for new boots last season (got lots of great advice here), but couldn't find what I was looking for and didn't pull the trigger. There aren't a lot of options in Chicago and the few shops around don't have great selections and are geared more towards beginner/intermediate skiers.
With the shops mentioned in my thread title now closed, I'm pretty much down to just Viking. I understand that buying boots online is a poor idea, but it seems like buying boots from a limited selection, taking them to Colorado, skiing them, and then having issues isn't ideal either. I suppose I could buy when I'm out west, but I have limited time and don't want to spend it sitting in a shop instead of on the mountain.
Any suggestions? I'm an advanced skier - 50% front side blacks/50% back bowls. Nothing odd about my feet except for a bump on the top of one foot that necessitated a shell stretch and some grinding on my Tecnica Icon X. Snowcrest suggested a 100 - so I guess a medium volume boot with either a 120 or 130 flex (I'm 5' 11" 190).
Would buying from REI be akin to buying online?