I'm skiing on a pair of Salomon boots that by their age probably should have been replaced 3 seasons ago. I largely ski from the bottoms of my feet, balancing on the sweet spot of the skis and only use forward leverage from the top of the shaft when necessary. The longevity of these boots has far outlasted my expectations. They are still intact, but replacement at some point in the near future is inevitable.
When I bought my current boots they fit PERFECTLY. I wear an 11 street shoe but am in a 27.5 boot. They had mold-able liners which did not need molding. Because of this they have broken in very well, but are beginning to break down a bit after extensive use. My stance in these boots is perfect, I have had the boot soles on my current boots ground which made a HUGE difference in performance.
I am told that the current crop of boots tend to have less ramp angle, straighter shafts... and told that many models have soles that cannot be ground. I've been so happy with my current boots and ski that I've stopped paying a.ttention to gear almost entirely until now. If I could buy another pair of the same boots I would, but obviously that isn't possible.
FWIW, my left ankle is partially immobilized due to a childhood injury so a boot that has too flat a stance doesn't give me enough flex in my ankle before locking out. I add a small heel lift to give my left that little extra range of flex. Nobody would know to watch me ski. But when I do max out the flex in my ankle I get a shock of pain going thru my entire body. You can only imagine how I have to approach bumps. So, getting the ramp right is critical for me.
And so, I am in a position to be looking to buy boots when I can rather than when I have to. Based on my criteria of ramp angle/stance and boot sole grindability does anyone have any suggestions as to which boots I should be looking at. I do better with boots that aren't narrow so I can downsize. Also I don't like overly stiff boots. I'm thinking 100-110 flex.
Thanks in advance.