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.