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Boot flex - what am I paying for?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at 3 similar boots from the same company. The 60, 80, and 110 flex rating each add about $100 on the cost as you go up the stiffness scale. Can someone explain this to me? The boots basically look the same, offer pretty much the same features?
post #2 of 7

Basically----support is not support unless it hold you up-----, the higher number boots will support a greater "G" load and not allow your knee, and there for your center of mass to move too far forward and cause you to flex at the knee to get back off of the front of the ski.  If you over load the front of the ski it will turn too sharply and cause you to over control everything.

 

Besides that the higher number will also have a better liner and better plastics in the shell.

 

mike

post #3 of 7

what he said. Also better buckles, more adjustments (upper cuff alignment, etc)

Most boots are not avail in flexes from 60-110 in the same shape?   what boot where you looking at?  Is the fit the same in all of them that you tried on? and just the flex getting higher?

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

It's the Nordica Cruise series.  The 60s, 80s, and 110s are all the same width, 104mm.  Even on the Nordica site they list the same features for each boot.  I believe everything you guys are saying, makes sense, but hard to see it with this line of boots. 

 

 

http://www.nordicausa.com/products/cruise-80/

 

http://www.nordicausa.com/products/cruise-110/

post #5 of 7
More info please.

How much do you weigh?

How tall?

Shoe size?

Boot size you. Are looking at?

Mike
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

6'2, 215, shoe size is 13.  I'm looking at the 110s in 30.5.  I've skied the Cruise series in 80 before and they were very comfortable.  I have wide feet and calves.

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Originally Posted by core2 View Post
 

6'2, 215, shoe size is 13.  I'm looking at the 110s in 30.5.  I've skied the Cruise series in 80 before and they were very comfortable.  I have wide feet and calves.

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

 

Read through the above article and pay CLOSE attention to how to "shell fit" a boot you might buy.  You will have to have the shell stretched to fit around your feet-----"You need a good boot fitter" don't buy boots based on your shoe size---they will always be too big!!!

 

A 110 Flex boot is not going to support you at 2 "G"s ---you would be putting 430 lbs of load into the shell of that boot in a turn.

 

At your body weight I would recommend a 130 flex boot to Support you---remember "support is not support unless it holds you up".

 

In order for a boot to work for you the shell needs to have the correct amount of forward lean to accommodate your calf size and may need to have the upper shell flared back some what dependent upon how big your calves are.

 

mike

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