So I have been trying to figure this out for the past few days. I found a good fitting boot and I see a lot of boots with different "flex ratings". I know that flex rating is not consistent between different companies and that the higher the flex rating the less flexible it is. I also hear racers like very high flex ratings. When I take a look at some different sites and by their suggestions do the following:
60-80: Green to Blue
85-100: Blue to Black
110-120: Black to double Diamonds
130+: expert racer
While I don't "race" and would not call myself an "expert", I do and have skied "Expert" double diamonds in Utah and the slopes I ski now are a lot easier than what I ever skied in Utah in steepness and bumps. I do love the bumps, though I am also not obsessed with speed and do prefer taking my time down as these east coast mountains are a bit smaller than what I use to be used to in Utah. I also ski parallel, though I only started skiing again last weekend after a 13 year hiatus. As they say it's like riding a bike. As my biggest worry is "buyers remorse" and I do like the way the Dalbello 90 (90 flex) fit, I worry based off what I read on the internet, will I regret the purchase. Some people seem to like the more flexible boots for bumps, other swear by 110-120's. The price, reviews, and fit of the boots seem great, though as both flex ratings and skill level labels all being relative, it is hard to figure out what I need. It seems easy to demo skis, but boots seem a bit more difficult. The 100 flex version of the same boot is about 50% more than the one I am interested in and the only difference is the flex and the liner. I am also questioning the whole flex idea and wonder if it is a passing fad w/ little to no scientific basis to back it up. Other than Cross country skiing, I have never owned skis or boots.
Thanks in advance,