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Men's Ski Boots for a 15 YO Type III 115 lb Boy?

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I'm set with my oldest son for gear this year. The crazy 8" growth spurt is over, he gets a pair of in-house LX82's and Atomic Hawx for his big, bad 6' and 125 lb soon-to-be 16 year old self.

Boy #2, however, is growing at an apparently normal rate and it is easy to miss the fact that he is now 5' 8", 115 lbs (and soon-to-be 15 years old who also became a Type III skier last season).

Last season he skied Salomon Jr. Comp boots in a 24.5. I think those are a flex rating of about 60. He'll be about 3" taller at start of the season, maybe 15 lbs heavier, and might still fit in those boots, but I think he'll just crush them at this point.

Nonetheless, he isn't a racer and doesn't need a stiff flex wearing him out for all mountain skiing. He's a very good and aggressive bump skier, likes to rip groomers when family skiing on piste, but focus has shifted towards bigger off piste lines, powder, and trees. In other words, those Type III aspirations will spend 75% of their time doing Type II stuff, but it's the advanced/expert skier terrain that gets him excited, so performance balance is important.

Which brings me too my question of boot choices. I either need to find a set of stiffer junior boots (at a very good price) or figure out a men's boot. Since he has a degree of performance junior boot now, I am a bit reluctant to buy another one unless it has more cuff height and is really targeted at this "top end of Tweener size" market. Yes, the Lange SX 80 SC looks pretty good, but $300 doesn't. I have 2 other younger kids who will be able to take advantage of these boots, so I don't necessarily need garage sale pricing, it's just that seasonal rentals really stopped working last year so I realistically have buy with an eye to the future and I am not sure I will have another Type III teenager.

Two men's boots on my list:

Atomic Hawx 80 (what his older Type II brother skis) - 100mm last with softer, but not wimpy, flex. May still be a bit roomy though as he has a narrow lower volume foot.

Atomic Burner 90 - 98mm last, so that's probably better on volume but gets a bit stiffer. Maybe a lot of boot for a 115 lb boy who isn't as quite as badass as he thinks he is.

So that's my dilemma. Any thoughts/ideas/boots to consider are much appreciated.
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I don't have much to offer other than something you may already be aware of: Boot flex ratings are not universally transferable among different manufactures. In other words a Lange with a 80 flex might not be the same flex as an Atomic 80 flex boot.

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I have a pair of Salomon Falcon 100 Jr race boots @24.5, c. 2009, if you're interested. They were mine for several years. Original owner. Stiffening rivet added in rear. Slightly soft for me @ 135lbs. PM
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Atomic Burner 90 - 98mm last, so that's probably better on volume but gets a bit stiffer. Maybe a lot of boot for a 115 lb boy who isn't as quite as badass as he thinks he is.

So that's my dilemma. Any thoughts/ideas/boots to consider are much appreciated.

Unpossible...that's not a trait one would normally associate with teenage boys;)

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Unpossible...that's not a trait one would normally associate with teenage boys;)

It is admittedly kinda fun watching him learn lessons he doesn't think he is going to have to learn, but not so much when it leads to SullenSkiDays smile.gif.

Q - PM on its way.
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If he is still growing, I would hold off another season.  He's at that point where a big growth spurt could come along really fast here and he will gain considerable muscle mass over the next couple of years that could change everything, including lower leg size.  I put my 17 yr old in new boots last season because he hit 195 lbs (6'2" for a couple of years before that but still light).  He had been skiing a boot with a 70 flex just fine and didn't want new boots.  I heard the "no, I love my boots B.S" for awhile.  They still fit but were definitely too soft for him.  At 115 lbs, your son's boots may not be too soft.  I'm not suggesting that he isn't able to handle a stiffer boot, I'm just saying that he is light enough to use a softer flex boot.  It might be wiser to wait for that muscle mass to kick in and then get him a boot that will last for a long time with a proper boot fitting session.

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