I am seeking advice in making final boot choice for 2015-16.
I have narrowed the options to X Max 130s & K2 Spyne 130 (100 last) in 26 mondo. Both of these boots fit me great. Right now, the X Max is ahead due to slight advantage in envelopment but mainly the ability to soften the flex via the peg in the spine should I need or want to use it.
What I am looking for is input that I can weigh into my decision making. Salient notes below.
Thanks in advance.
- I am an athletic and moderately aggressive adv. intermediate skier looking for a performance boot that I can grow into (in terms of ability) next season as I move on to more challenging terrain. Don't want to get a 110 flex boot to find I outgrow it in one season. But also do not want to get something that I can't flex effectively and will not overlap with the top end of my current ability level.
- Have spent several hours in the X Max (unbaked @ 26) in my living room and maybe 30-45 mins in the K2s (26) in a shop. (At 70 degrees F) I can flex the X Max with all pegs in. With the K2, the guy in the shop said I could flex it fine but I'm not as sure.
- I'm 6' 172 lbs with good dorsiflexion.
- Will try on an X Max 25.5 next week to see if I can squeek in the shell (doubtful - I tried the wider (and 1MM longer) X Pro 130s in 25.5 in a shop last week and it was crazy tight, but with baking a possibility I want to take a second look)
- Wear size 10-10.5 street shoe, 27.5 cm feet +/-. Shell fit in 26s is 1.5 - 2 (overlapped) fingers in each.
- There are downsides to each boot. For example, Jim (@starthaus) talks about the X Max plastic breaking down faster than PU or PE.
- The downside of the K2s (for me) is no peg in the spine to knock down the flex a bit.
- Wearing ultralight socks to get truest sense of out-of-box fit.