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Proper Boot Flex

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I recently bought my first pair of boots(after 20 years of renting) and have 8 days on them so far. They are Full Tilts that came with the #6 tongue, and after a couple tweaks and custom footbeds, they fit perfectly. My question is, how can I tell if the #6 flex is right for me. Being new to good boots, I don't really know how to tell. When I was shopping for boots the fitter mentioned getting stiffer tongues down the road if I needed them, but didn't say how I would know. I would ask him, but he is 700 miles away and my season is over. One of the boots he had me try was a Lange RX 130 LV that he thought would be too stiff, but after flexing in it he said I flexed it just fine. After some internet searching, the guesses on Full Tilt #6 flex equivalency are anywhere from 60 to 100. That makes me think I could possibly up my stiffness to an 8 or 10, but not sure. I am 6 foot, 190, aggressive and fast skier, skiing groomed, trees, and bowls. Any input or advice would be great!
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try skiing the boot/tongue you have wtih the power strap off.  that will make the boot softer.   Do you like that feel?    do you like the feel of the boot with less ankle range of motion?   

 


If you can flex the boot, and KEEP the boot in that flex possition, (knee over or past toes) its usually a sign the boots are too soft.

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

try skiing the boot/tongue you have wtih the power strap off.  that will make the boot softer.   Do you like that feel?    do you like the feel of the boot with less ankle range of motion?   



If you can flex the boot, and KEEP the boot in that flex possition, (knee over or past toes) its usually a sign the boots are too soft.
I have not tried the no strap thing, I will need to do that. And I can flex the boot and keep it flexed fairly easily. If I try, I can flex my knees well past my toes.
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