I recently picked up a pair of Dalbello Axion 9's and have generally been thrilled with them. I have short, wide-ish, flat Hobbit feet and these are the first boots since my old yellow Lange Tii's in high school that feel comfortable all day. The potential problem is, I can only flex them about .5 to .75 of an inch forward, max. Of course, it's worst when I have the top buckles tight. When they're loose, I can get a tiny bit more flex, but then I have some slop at the top of the boot cuff which makes my body position feel like it's in limbo.
I guess my question is, is this enough flex? My skis seem a bit twitchy and unforgiving with this level of stiffness. It almost feels like there's an occasional fight breaking out between my boots and my skis--with my boot sometimes overdriving my skis and at other times my skis kicking back up through my boots and throwing me off balance a little. In groomed conditions on blues and greens, I can drive them pretty smoothly and aggressively, but that's about it.
I'm an intermediate getting back into the sport, so part of this is certainly my lack of skill. Yet, I'm also 5'4" and weigh 150lbs, so I'm wondering if I lack adequate leverage, regardless of the flex rating on these. Everyone I've spoken to say that the Axion 9 is not a stiff boot at all. I could pick up an Axion 8 at a decent price, and it's a half size smaller which I could probably use, width-wise. Not sure if I should keep working with what I have, and what the next step should be.