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Atomic Hawx 90W for a beginner?

post #1 of 11
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Hi all

 

Hope I can get some advice - i've done a week of skiing (with private lessons), in rented boots.

I've got a problem with severe over-pronation when I run, and it also made skiing in the rented boots a real pain.

 

Going skiing again and have decided to commit to some of my own boots, as I really enjoyed it - but don't enjoy being in pain!!

Been to snow+rock for a fitting, and explained my VERY limited experience. I am a beginner, and i'm not very confident.

 

They fitted me into Atomic Hawx 90W with custom insoles. The insoles I purchased, as they're a bargain for feet as bad as mine, but I wasn't convinced on the boot. I thought I was far too inexperienced to be in a 90 flex boot? Have I misunderstood how the rating works?

 

I didn't want to question the guys knowledge - as he was fab, and really helpful... but I wonder if he was too ambitious with his choice? I really don't want to destroy my confidence in a boot that's too much for me.

 

Be interested to hear opinions on the boot if any one wears them - and if there are any fitters, whether they think it would be a good choice for me.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11

Just my experience:  I have problem feet, requiring some interior boot grinding, and the Hawx presented some significant challenges to the various boot fitters I went to.  The flexible system on the sides of the Hawx is not conducive to certain modificaitons.  You may not need such mods, but I had to junk the hawx after a season and move into a Lange for the primary reason as it was far more easily modified by the bootfitter for my specific issues.

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by FredaNel View Post
 

Hi all

 

Hope I can get some advice - i've done a week of skiing (with private lessons), in rented boots.

I've got a problem with severe over-pronation when I run, and it also made skiing in the rented boots a real pain.

 

Going skiing again and have decided to commit to some of my own boots, as I really enjoyed it - but don't enjoy being in pain!!

Been to snow+rock for a fitting, and explained my VERY limited experience. I am a beginner, and i'm not very confident.

 

They fitted me into Atomic Hawx 90W with custom insoles. The insoles I purchased, as they're a bargain for feet as bad as mine, but I wasn't convinced on the boot. I thought I was far too inexperienced to be in a 90 flex boot? Have I misunderstood how the rating works?

 

I didn't want to question the guys knowledge - as he was fab, and really helpful... but I wonder if he was too ambitious with his choice? I really don't want to destroy my confidence in a boot that's too much for me.

 

Be interested to hear opinions on the boot if any one wears them - and if there are any fitters, whether they think it would be a good choice for me.

 

Thanks!


This is probably a question for the Boot Guys, right?  I'll flag the thread for moderators; they will be able to move it.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 


My apologies, I didn't realise there was a specific section for that.

Thanks for flagging!

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by FredaNel View Post
 


My apologies, I didn't realise there was a specific section for that.

Thanks for flagging!


No problem.  You'll get answers from boot fitters only.

 

Good luck!

post #6 of 11
Welcome to EpicSki. The Hawx 90 is a very good women's boot. Unless you are extremely lightweight, you shouldn't have trouble with the flex. Don't get hung up on numbers. As long as the fitter did a shell fit and you had about a 12mm gap behind you heel, you should be fine, as long as the shape of the boot is right for your feet and nobody on the internet can tell if it is or not - we can't see your feet.

One thing that needs to be corrected is that the Hawx boot does not have expandable panels on either side of the forefoot area. The only Atomic boots with those panels are the Waymaker(one panel) and the Live Fit(two panels).
post #7 of 11

mod note - I've cross linked this thread to the ask the boot guys forum.

post #8 of 11

Fit is far more important than flex, in my opinion. However, putting a beginner in stiff race boots wouldn't be wise, I think. But 90 flex is fine for a beginner. How did the Hawx fit (other than flex)? That's the question I suppose.

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

mod note - I've cross linked this thread to the ask the boot guys forum.


Thanks TR.

post #10 of 11

as others have said fit is much more important than flex, and i am sure a 90 flex boot will be fine, what you haven't told us is your height, weight and foot size and what the boot size is

 

do not worry about the panels on that boot and stretching if required any good boot fitter can work with it, you just need to be a little more careful with the heating than a standard single material shell, if it is the new Haxw 2.0 then it isn't an issue at all

 

i am guessing the shell check you have will be a little more than 12mm but it certainly doest want to be more than 25mm.....there are caveats to this and it it very dependant on the foot shape and the skier level and how much skiing you are doing, (the ideal is 10-20mm max) if you are doing a week or less a season then having a little more space will give you more comfort at the detriment of performance but this is your first boot and performance is probably not no1 thing on your mind, do bear in mind though that the more space you have in the long term the more movement there will be of your foot.

 

if you need more info just ask (i am this side of the pond so on the same time zone)

post #11 of 11

Best thing to know about the flex numbering system is that it consists of numbers that don't really have any definition beginning around 40 and going to 150.  Somewhere in there are a whole bunch of numbers that depending on the company and model you are buying are a lot of different numbers you'll like.  Rely on your own preferences and experience.  Since you haven't any yet, rely on your fitter.

 

Also the numbers are mostly used by the marketing department, which should tell you something about their accuracy and meaning.

 

Lou

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