Berbes, I agree you got some disrespectful responses to your first post ever on Epic. These guys should
Here's the deal about boots. You need a boot with a plastic shell that has a three dimensional shape that matches the
shape of your foot as close as possible. The reason for this is that your foot needs to move in all kinds of directions,
and it needs to be in firm contact with the boot surface so the boot moves as your foot moves. The boot then
moves the ski.
If you have air inside the boot because its shell doesn't match the surface shape of your foot, or because you
buy a boot too big and comfy, then some of your foot's movements won't result in immediate movement of the
boot, and immediate movement of the ski. You will lose ski performance and ski control. Your feet are
your controllers for your skis; you don't want any lag time between when you do something with your feet
and when the skis respond. Thus the "fit" of the boot is the only thing that matters.
The fact that boot manufacturers talk about the good qualities of their boots is irrelevant; they are trying to sell boots
and they do succeed in marketing them that way. Most people are in the wrong boots because they pay attention to
marketing or color or comfort in the store instead of paying attention to real fit as explained by a real bootfitter (not a
bootseller). Or they go to the internet and buy a "bargain."
You can think about boot flex if you like, but it's mostly pointless. You may find two boots that fit your foot exactly
the same, but I doubt it; one is almost always better in fit than another. But if you find two that fit exactly the same,
then flex can make the decision. In that case the question becomes do you need a soft beginner boot, or a firm
expert or race boot, or something in between. That's easy to answer.
Someone said you are a big guy. If that's true, and you are not a petite woman, then go with the firmer of the two
that fit exactly the same. Your bootfitter can always soften it up. No bootfitter can firm up a noodly boot.