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How useful are flex/skill level charts?

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I know a lot has already been discussed about flex, and it seems the bottom line is that flex is a matter of personal preference. That being said, I haven't developed a preference, and have no idea how different boots will feel on the slopes.


I have tried multiple boots and the ones that fit the most comfortably are 130 flex. They feel comfortable in Houston at 75 degrees, but I'm concerned they may feel too stiff in colder temps when I get on the snow.


Another pair that felt pretty good were 100 flex, but my concern with them is that I'll end up wanting a more responsive boot as I improve.


So my question is, how much stock should I put in charts that recommend flex based on skill level? Are they a good rule of thumb, or are there too many other variables to let the charts influence my decision? For what it's worth, my skill level is blues and some blacks. I'm 6'2" 195 lbs. Thanks in advance for any input.

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You will find that, with different companies a 130 boot won't flex the same---some brands will be stiffer and some softer----there is no standard on Flex.


With that said, the boots flex needs to be able to support you under "G" loads---so a person weighing 195 would find the best support in a higher lever boot---I believe that, support, to really be support, has to be able to hold you up.  A boot with too much flex, under heavier loads will over flex and cause the skier to overload the shovel of the ski, creating excess loading of the front of the ski and have to sit back to get off the front.


The biggest problem with flex, as I see it, is that very few of the people skiing, have located the "sweet spot" (center) of the boot/ski and are skiing in the back seat---the boot will seem overly stiff if your center of mass is hovering over the rear of the boot (too upright) and G loads will sink the hips behind the knees/heels.  The boot will also seem too stiff, if the center of mass is hovering too far forward because, the skier will not be able to load the front of the boot (only feel the calf against the back of the cuff) because they are sitting back, trying to get off of the front.


If the boot set up is correct for your anatomy, your active skiing/steering inputs, plus "G" loads will flex the boot/ski correctly and the result

will be really sweet.  




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