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.