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Ski boot flex [age 14, former racer]

post #1 of 13
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About a month ago went to my local ski shop to get new ski boots and the guy at the shop put me into a 70 flex ski boot about 2 sizes too big. Fast forward to last weekend when I went to the shop I bought my skis from and the guy there put me in the right size boot with a flex of 120. Is a 120 flex ski boot too stiff. I didn't have a problem flexing it in the shop but I realize plastic stiffens as it get colder. I am 6 foot 1 and 190lb and am 14. I would say I am a pretty decent skiier as I have been skiing since I was was 4 and raced until a year ago.

post #2 of 13
Brand and model of boot? What kind of skier are you - - speed demon, technical, love steeps, park rat...

Flex ratings aren't consistent between brands, though it's fair to assume that a 70 flex boot in one brand is softer than a 120 flex boot in another.
post #3 of 13
I think 120 is fine for you, generally, but where do you ski? Trees? Moguls? Groomers? How important is the immediate transmission of your commands from the boot to the ski, compared with the terrain irregularities that will just as importantly be transmitted by the ski back to you? You can see how that is a two edged sword.
post #4 of 13

120 should be perfect for your size as a good skier. Keep in mind you are still growing.  Don't ever go back to the first guy! :eek

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

The boots I was looking at is the fischer soma hybrid 12 plus and a 130 flex atomic race boot. I probably spend 35% of my time in the trees 15% on moguls 20% groomers 20% steeps and 10% in the park. I realize that transmission of commands is a double edged sword.

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by MattT View Post

About a month ago went to my local ski shop to get new ski boots and the guy at the shop put me into a 70 flex ski boot about 2 sizes too big. Fast forward to last weekend when I went to the shop I bought my skis from and the guy there put me in the right size boot with a flex of 120. Is a 120 flex ski boot too stiff. I didn't have a problem flexing it in the shop but I realize plastic stiffens as it get colder. I am 6 foot 1 and 190lb and am 14. I would say I am a pretty decent skiier as I have been skiing since I was was 4 and raced until a year ago.

As a point of reference, my teenage daughter who is still small enough to use junior skis (105#) has boots that are a 110 flex. We did take out a screw so they are probably 100 flex.

Since you said you aren't racing anymore, the 120 should be great as long as the fit is too.
post #7 of 13

For a guy your size with decent skills 120 sounds right. Pretty sure it won't be necessary but boots can easily be softened by incrementally cutting down the saddles on the boot clog but you would want a good bootfitter  to help you with that process. 

post #8 of 13
If you want them softer in the trees or bumps, you can loosen the top buckle and/or power strap.
post #9 of 13
Matt, there's one thing that's pretty troubling about the two boots you mentioned aside from the extreme difference in flex, and that's fit. The Fisher Hybrid has a lot more volume than the Atomic race boot. Something's grossly amiss. Give that two people from the same shop put you in two boots that could hardly be more different than the other, I'd be inclined to either talk to the shop owner/manager, or go elsewhere.

Another thought. You're 14 and 6'1" AND 190... Are the football recruiters lined up at your door yet? smile.gif. When did you have you're growth spurt? The generic advice of a '120' should be about right!' depends so much on the particular boot that's it's tough to say anything other than 120 is a very generic number and you've received very generic (and free) advice. Nothing wrong with that. There still isn't enough given to choose a boot . A 70 flex boot for a 6'1" 190lb skier of any age is a very clear miss. That alone would send me to a different shop.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
The atomic race boot was with the assumption I would get it punched out. After I could barely cram my feet into the atomics he tried the Fischer Somas. I tried the atomic 130 flex because last season and a half I was in atomic 100 flex race boots. The person who put me into the 70 flex boots was at a different shop and I'm pretty sure he is there to sell pools... I should have known better then to try to get boots at a place that was selling mostly pools and hot tubs. What other information should I provide to give people barter idea of what boot I should choose? Right now there is no line of recruiters at my door but I will just assume that that would be violating some NCAA recruiting rule.😀
post #11 of 13

130 flex sounds about right. 

post #12 of 13
MattT,
Though flex is important, fit is more important. At your height and weight, it would be hard to find a boot you can't flex and you are only going to get stronger. My experience is I find flexing a properly fitting 120 easier than a not perfect fitting 100. and there is still the fact that there isn't a standard for flex, but it can at least get you in the ball park.

Have fun,
Ken
post #13 of 13
For all skiers, bit particularly young once, flex and fit are important. Things like a persons ankle mobility (dorsiflexion) can effect their ability to flex a boot. A good fitter will check this, but of the ankle doesn't move, the only option is to fold at the waist. OP, you should post this to the Boot Guys page.
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