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Boot Flex for Athletic and Heavier Low Intermediate Getting Back Into Skiing?

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I'm looking to get back into skiing after only doing it very occasionally since my late teens. I'm now 34 and I've been snowboarding seriously since my late 20s. I am trying to get a sense of what flex rating I should be looking at in boots. I'm getting wildly divergent answers from rental guys and bootfitters. Some bootfitters are suggesting I go as high as 130-flex boots right out of the gate, and I'm wondering if that's just trying to upsell me to more expensive boots or really what I should be going for.

 

Here are my relevant stats:

--34 years old

--5'9" and 205lbs with a bit of a gut, but very physically active and powerful (snowboard 2-3X a week and charge, run, bike, and lift weights).

--27.5 mondo size foot that's quite wide, with a big calf.

--Skied about 2-3X a winter from age 4 to 17, but only a few times since. Aggressive and quickly-progressing blue skier as a teen.

--Can handle green and easier blue trails whenever I get on skis and will look to push myself quite hard to progress further. Suspect I will get back to my "teen shape" quickly, and hope to progress from there.

--Skiing primarily at Bridger Bowl, in Montana.

--Snowboard a lot: primarily ride a mix of blue and black terrain, prefer ungroomed terrain whether on-trail or not, like powder and am eyeing some double-black stuff for later this winter when there's a good dump, push myself hard, like to jump off anything I can, spend a lap or two in the terrain park now and again (mostly jumps but occasional boxes and rails). I note my snowboarding style because I'd probably push myself towards the same style on skis, as soon as I could. I know "rookie" gear wouldn't satisfy me more than a season and would rather aim a little high than a little low.

 

So what flex boot should I be looking at? One shop put me in 120-130 boots, of which I liked the Atomic Live Fit 130 the best. Another shop put me in 100-110 boots of which the Nordica Cruise 110 was by far the most comfortable boot I tried on overall. Still snug, but no heal lift and no pain on my oddly-shaped pinky and fourth toes.

 

Thank for replies.

post #2 of 3

1)  flex is different then fit,  aim to get both

 

2) you can always make a stiff boot softer, so if you are not sure, buy stiffer

 

3)  flex index is not a real measurement, just marketing

 

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

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Thanks for the reply. I wound up skiing on the 80-flex version of that boot today and found A.) 80 is way too soft for me, but 110 might be right, but B.) there's way too much height over the instep and a little too much over the calf for that series of boots to work for me, once I'm actually leaning forward and trying to drive them. So back to the drawing board...

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