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Ski Boots : Different manufactures ski boots ratings.?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I've got the 2014 Armada Magic J 190cm, which is a very wide powder ski (127 underfoot) and it's a very very stiff ski. I'm planning on a lot of powder and off piste skiing (and obviously skiing on hard pack every so often). Seeing as it's such a stiff ski I'm obviously going to need a lot of power and pressure going through the ski.

I bought Atomic Waymaker 80X boots on holiday which I find extremely comfortable but my question is "are they too soft to use on such stiff skis". I noticed that they were quite soft flex wise and I've looked around and it says they're soft (too soft for the level I ski at).

Do different manufacturers' boot flex rating alter and if so, what is Atomic's 80 flex equivalent to e.e. Dalbello, Full Tilt, Head so on.

P.s I'm 6 foot 1, 16 (will be 17 by the time I go next) and I'd say I'm comfortable throwing down a lot of power into my skiing as I used to do ski racing.


post #2 of 11

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Read through the above article and do a shell fit/check as described in there---

 

How much do you weigh?

 

An 80 flex is pretty soft for most folks skiing at an advanced level.

 

mike

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I currently weigh about 84kg (I'm not fat I'm lean if I'm honest) but I'll most probably weight more by the time I go skiing next time. So it's likely I'm going to need a stiffer boot.
post #4 of 11

I currently weigh about 81kg and ski a 130 Alpine boot

 

most of the AT boots out there ski a little softer in a given flex (say 130 flex) than an alpine boot of the same rating

 

so---an alpine 130 will often be stiffer than an AT 130---the Waymaker is considered to be an AT type boot, it has a hike feature built into the

 

spine of the boot

 

mike

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm not looking to be hiking up mountains. I'm just looking to shred pow (and obviously I'll have to walk certain places) and take lifts up and ski all day.

So my boots are too soft for what I need I'm guessing? Is there anyway I can make them stiffer?
post #6 of 11

While it is possible to make a stiff boot softer---there is no way to make a soft boot stiffer---sorry

 

mike

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
So what would you suggest I do with my situation? Stay with my soft flex or get new boots?
post #8 of 11
How did your she'll check measure out?
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
What do you mean by "shell check measure out" ? Sorry
post #10 of 11

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

in the above article there is a description of how to do a "shell check", by pulling.out the liner and putting your foot inside the shell with toes just touching the front and see how much space is open between your heel and the inside of the heel pocket of the shell.

 

You asked if you should buy new boots because of the flex rating---if the boots happened to be too big then it would make sense to get new, higher performance boots.

 

mike

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ahh okay. Thanks for all of your help
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