Hi all - this is my first post.
I started skiing in Vancouver, BC, about twenty years ago at the ripe old age of 35. I spent a couple of seasons as a shuttle bus driver at Cypress Bowl (Olympic freestyle & snowboard venue) and, thanks to the full-privilege pass, got to a point where I could get down most of the black runs on old-school straight skis without crashing but without much grace, either. I bought a pair of new black Raichle Flexon 9.1s and still have them today. FWIW, I was told they were they were 'race' boots when I bought them.
I've now started skiing again on small, rock-hard hills in Ontario after a break of about ten years. I've bought a pair of decent mid-range Nordica skis and am starting to recover my skills, such as they were, fairly quickly. To get to the point, I'm concerned that my Flexons are getting very old, the linings are starting to misbehave, and I'm thinking about replacements. My feet are 9.5 to 10, with narrow heels and fairly wide and flat forefeet. I'm 5'9", about 155lbs and quite athletic. Contrary to some other reports, I've found the Flexons very stiff fore and aft, as I find it almost impossible to bend the ankles, even with considerable effort, and I'd like to find something that feels similar - unless, of course, anyone thinks softer boots would be better for my skill level. I like to think I'll be intermediate to advanced intermediate by the end of the season, which looks like lasting forever up here.
What would you recommend? I'll most likely have to look for used boots.
Many thanks in advance!