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Thread Starter 

Hi everybody, 

 

I'm a heavier solid intermediate skier. About 260lbs, decreasing each day and feet like flippers. 104mm last for sure. 

 

RIght now i'm using technica mega 8s at a 60 flex, definitely starting to feel way too soft. 

 

A couple of weekends ago at whistler I rented a Q-85 ski with Salomon quest access 70 boots which felt great, but still a little on the soft side. I'm stuck on the quest access series as they're the most comfortable boots i've ever worn. 

 

Would it be smart for me to go to an 80 flex salomon quest or even a 90 flex? I'm not huge into off-piste but it something i'm interested in. 

post #2 of 8
Check out this article, Which boot will work for me?. It's geared toward people who've come to the boot fitter's forum (Ask the Boot Guys) with boot problems to help them narrow their questions down. If you really want to geek out, you'll find more articles here.

If all that information seems unnecessarily, obsessively fussy, it's because a lot of us have struggled just to find a boot that won't torture our feet or legs; others have tricky alignment problems that require expert attention to correct with footbeds or shell mods. Others among us are performance-obsessed, which adds a whole other set of requirements. But whether you're trying to make the best choice for your next pair of boots or need all kinds of super-duper-expert attention, your boots are the single most important piece of equipment you own, because they're the interface that communicates your movements to your skis.

I'll leave it at that for now, but I'm sure others will pipe up.
post #3 of 8

At your weight you shouldn't be using anything less than 100 flex and if you came into our shop, we'd get out a 120 for you to try.  The Salomon boots are very good because the shell can be heat molded to your feet.  BUT, you really must go see someone who knows how to fit ski boots.  There really is no substitute for doing that.

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Originally Posted by skiaddict98 View Post

 

...About 260lbs, decreasing each day and feet like flippers. 104mm last for sure. 

 

RIght now i'm using technica mega 8s at a 60 flex, definitely starting to feel way too soft. 

 

:eek Wow. At your weight, yeah, a 100 as a rock bottom minimum. If you plan to take lessons, improve, 110's are the floor. With the boots you have now, only a modest fraction of what you tell the skis to do is actually getting to the skis. Lots of good wide boots with 110-120 flexes these days.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies this is exactly the answers I was looking for. I'm trying to find a good boot fitter closer to me than whistler
post #6 of 8

I was in your boat, although I'm lighter by a smidge and bought two boots online before returning them and going to a local boot fitter.   

 

I have to say it was the best move I made getting back into the sport.   My boots fit awesome without any discomfort.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks for the great advice, i found an excellent bootfitter near where i live. 

 

I ended up going with rossignol alias sensor 120s. The fit is amazing. Can't wait to get out there.

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Originally Posted by skiaddict98 View Post
 

thanks for the great advice, i found an excellent bootfitter near where i live. 

 

I ended up going with rossignol alias sensor 120s. The fit is amazing. Can't wait to get out there.

Smart move... I have the Rossignol Experience 120 with the 102mm last.    I skied them for the first time last week and while my legs were toast there was not a single sore spot on my feet/ankles/shin.     It was either the most comfortable I've been in a boot or my other muscle groups hurt so much that I didn't notice.   

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