Originally Posted by NayBreak
I wonder how much cuff fit affects this...especially if you seem to struggle in that area generally. I wonder to what extent how cuff height ties to shell length I sn't too much one size fits all. So if you aren't typical length to height (I am 6'2" and ski a 26.5 shell (street size 11)) and I have contemplated whether skiing a 27.5 would be better for cuff and lateral stability functionality due to increased cuff height.
Do long traverses cause a lot of lower outside leg fatigue? I have lax joints generally and very loose ankles, and I can feel a lot of work in the area you describe...it has made me overly adverse to traversing. Yoga is a great counterbalance in terms of not ending up with a ton of tension in a specific area, but it takes a lot of days on the snow before I feel like I have strengthened up enough to compensate. I also have new boots in my future...and have thought the Intuition wrap liner may make a lot of sense...
I have been demoing a Rocker2 100 and I daily ski a Rocker2 92. Zero question how much better the extra waist and total ski feels (also 7mm longer). That's not a 125, though, and I am coming at it from tall and skinny. But a wider platform would seem better for this issue, at least to a point.
...some thoughts anyway...
Good thoughts. I have big calves (and I cannot lie .. you other brothers can't deny ...), and I'm relatively short with big feet (5'5; 25.5). Seems like the opposite of your situation, although my women's boots are almost certainly shorter in the cuff than your boots are.
Hmm. Long traverses. They do tire my legs, but I think it's more my quads, not my lower leg. I'll have to pay more attention next time. A lot of my favorite little spots at Breck require traverses. But most of my traverses are in the same direction, and I feel this thing in both legs.
I'm a big fan of yoga, and I generally have crazy tight / overactive muscles.
I had the Intuition wrap in my old Dalbellos, and my feet were always warm and comfy. This year, having decided they were getting pretty old and probably preventing me from flexing properly, I switched to Tecnicas with stock liners. After much fiddling, we decided to try my Intutions in the boots, and I have been much happier. I did have to lower the flex in the boot in order to offset the stiffer Intuition liner.
Because of how dry it's been, I've mostly skied The Ski (89 underfoot) this season. Only two days on the Gypsies (125), a fair number on the Sick Day 110s. Last season, I skied almost exclusively the Sick Day 110, and this muscle also got sore; maybe not quite as much, but then, I wasn't skiing as much, either.
Sadly, I am unwilling to experiment with exclusively skiing my (relatively) narrow ski when conditions are nice and fluffy ...