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I am going to be buying my first pair of ski boots after renting my entire life and am looking for some advice on what type of flex I should be looking at and sizing questions. I realize that it will boil down to trying on different pairs and working with a boot fitter to get the best fitting boot possible but I am looking for a starting point so I have an idea of what boots to research via reviews and such.

 

A little background about myself to hopefully help get me going in the right direction. I am 28 years old, 5'10, 160 pounds, and have been skiing once a year since I was 6. I am getting to go out to Breckenridge twice this coming year for a total of 12 days of skiing and decided it was time to get some custom fitted boots for more comfort and responsiveness. I really don't know whether to rate myself as an intermediate or advanced so I guess I fall between the two. I can ski almost any black at speed and enjoy getting in the bumps and powder when I get the chance. I ski some double blacks but I am held back a little because of lack of days on the snow and the use of rental gear. I plan on taking some more advanced lessons while out on my trips this year to help me in steeper and more technical terrain.

 

I have been looking at the new Tecnica Mach 1 120 boots in particular along with Lange and Dalbello boots. I am just unsure if I should be looking at boots with a lower stiffness and what other factors I should be including in my search. I am going to be in Breckenridge in October hiking and want to stop at a boot fitter while there and hopefully get them before the season starts. I appreciate any recommendations on boot flex, size ( I wear a size 9 shoe so I'm between boot sizes), or a certain boot in particular. Thanks

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I am going to be buying my first pair of ski boots after renting my entire life and am looking for some advice on what type of flex I should be looking at and sizing questions. I realize that it will boil down to trying on different pairs and working with a boot fitter to get the best fitting boot possible but I am looking for a starting point so I have an idea of what boots to research via reviews and such.

 

A little background about myself to hopefully help get me going in the right direction. I am 28 years old, 5'10, 160 pounds, and have been skiing once a year since I was 6. I am getting to go out to Breckenridge twice this coming year for a total of 12 days of skiing and decided it was time to get some custom fitted boots for more comfort and responsiveness. I really don't know whether to rate myself as an intermediate or advanced so I guess I fall between the two. I can ski almost any black at speed and enjoy getting in the bumps and powder when I get the chance. I ski some double blacks but I am held back a little because of lack of days on the snow and the use of rental gear. I plan on taking some more advanced lessons while out on my trips this year to help me in steeper and more technical terrain.

 

I have been looking at the new Tecnica Mach 1 120 boots in particular along with Lange and Dalbello boots. I am just unsure if I should be looking at boots with a lower stiffness and what other factors I should be including in my search. I am going to be in Breckenridge in October hiking and want to stop at a boot fitter while there and hopefully get them before the season starts. I appreciate any recommendations on boot flex, size ( I wear a size 9 shoe so I'm between boot sizes), or a certain boot in particular. Thanks

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Read through the article above and pay close attention to how to "shell fit" a boot, most people (90% of us) buy too big a boot and it affects them for as long as they own it.  Print the article out and take it with you as a reference. 

 

Boots generally are not sized in shoe sizes, but in "mondo" which is the length of you foot in centimeters, even then they are not always the size they are marked, for instance my foot measures 28.2cm but i regularly ski in a boot marked 27.5.

 

You will probably own these boots for a long time so getting the right performance level will also be important, so buy something you can grow into (flex wise).  At you body weight a 130 flex is not out of the question.

 

So far as boot set up, this is where the boot fitter you select comes into play---boot set up, has to do with your fore/aft and lateral alignment, both of which are controlled by the boot.  If the set up is off, no amount of lessons can overcome the problems, no matter how hard you work and if you alignment is off --- you will work :o!!!

 

mike


Edited by miketsc - 9/22/15 at 8:46am
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http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

Read through the article above and pay close attention to how to "shell fit" a boot, most people (90% of us) buy too big a boot and it affects them for as long as they own it.  Print the article out and take it with you as a reference. 

 

Boots generally are not sized in shoe sizes, but in "mondo" which is the length of you foot in centimeters, even then they are not always the size they are marked, for instance my foot measures 28.2cm but i regularly ski in a boot marked 27.5.

 

You will probably own these boots for a long time so getting the right performance level will also be important, so buy something you can grow into (flex wise).  At you body weight a 130 flex is not out of the question.

 

So far as boot set up, this is where the boot fitter you select comes into play---boot set up, has to do with your fore/aft and lateral alignment, both of which are controlled by the boot.  If the set up is off, no amount of lessons can overcome the problems, no matter how hard you work and if you alignment is off --- you will work :o!!!

 

mike

Thanks Mike, would a boot fitter be better at helping me pick out the correct boot over say someone working at an REI in Denver? I wasn't sure if I could get the same results buying the boots at one store and then having the boot fitter adjust them as needed. The fitter I plan on using is located in a ski shop so they should have a good variety of boots on hand.

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A boot fitter would definitely do a better job of choosing the right boot for you than you will. If you are in Denver, go see Greg Hoffman out at Beaver Creek---he is listed among the Who's who among "Ask the boot guy's" in the WIKI at the beginning of this section.

Good luck

Mike
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