This is the 2nd season I'm in my current boots Salomon xPro 100, prior to these boots I rented. These boots fit great last season but this season the support was lacking but this has been addressed in the following post: http://www.epicski.com/t/132881/ski-boots-stopped-fitting-properly-after-break-in
My question is, how do you know when to increase your flex? Last year I was a progressing level 5 skier, this year I'm a strong level 7 skiing the entire mountain including double blacks.
In the back of my boot is a setting "sport" and "performance". I called Salomon to inquire the actual rating of these settings, "sport" is the boot's default and it is set to 100 flex. The "performance" setting will add 10 flex making the boot a 110 flex.
When I'm home or in the store under normal temperature (65-75 degree's F), I can flex the boot properly - per the 4 boot fitters that worked on the fit of these boots, I'm not under flexing the boot, nor am I over flexing the boot. The Atomic Hawx 110 felt almost identical to me when I tried them on in the store in comparison.
When I am skiing in my Salomon xPro 100 set in "sport" (100 flex)-
* If I am cruising around at slower speeds I'm a happy camper
* If I'm charging down full throttle, the boot responds very well but if conditions are icy or I'm really pointing the skis downhill, I sometimes wish they were slightly stiffer but only at really fast speeds
What do you recommend? I'm afraid if the boots are too stiff then I will have a difficult time leisurely skiing the times I need to with the significant other, or simply dodging people on crowded slopes.