I am in the market for a pair of ski boots. I would consider myself a good intermediate skier who skis blues with confidence and some blacks. I ski the greens and easy blues a bit with my wife and son who is just learning. I have been skiing off and on throughout my life. I have never owned a pair of boots. I am approximately 6'1" and 230 lbs. I am looking into owning my own boots as I have read of the impact a properly fitted boot can make on ones ability to improve their skiing, which is what I want to do. I have tried on several boots. The ones I like the best and feel the most comfortable are the Dalbello Boss and Salomon X Pro 120. Mondo 28.5 in both. I personally like the Salomon better as far as fit but am just a little concerned that it may be too stiff. I have never paid that much attention to boots before as I've always rented. However, the boot fitter made the comment that I was "crushing" boot when I flexed it. It sounded like he was engaging in a little hyperbole which I took to mean I was flexing it just fine. I have tried these boots on at two different shops with different fitters and on different days so was difficult to remember how they compared to one another. The Dalbello is around 100-110 and therefore theoretically a little softer. Also, I realize that boot flex is not standardized and one manufacturer's 100 is not necessarily the same as another's. Given this, my main questions are:
1: Does someone have a feel for the flexes of different brands and how they compare just from experience?
2: Given my height, weight, and self described ability level, does it sound reasonable that I would be ok in the Salomon X Pro 120s?
3: Are the X Pro 120s, being a more performance oriented boot, still comfortable/ok to ski the easy groomers with my wife and son? Assuming one can handle them at all? At the end of the day, I want a good all around boot for my ability level and type of skiing.
Again, both boots feel very comfortable out of the box and according to the fitters, I can flex them fine in the shop.
I realize the second question may be difficult to answer in this kind of a context. I am mainly looking for another opinion before I drop several hundred dollars on a pair of boots.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.