I recently rented some Salomon Symbio 440 boots in a 26.5 that were picked for me by the shop owner (who is an award-winning boot fitter).
I haven't been skiing for about 15 years so on the first day I was bruising my calves and shins a bit and getting leg cramps. On the second day I did the boots up slightly tighter, to the tightest notch on each of the latches and I feel that worked better for me. I also relaxed and got into the groove, stopped fighting with the gear and went with the flow. No more sore shins and cramps. Everything felt good.
So if I walk into a shop next wanting to buy a pair of ladies boots, I gather the staff will take care of fit, but what sort of flex would I be asking for? Does anyone know what the flex is for a Symbio 440 boot? I feel like it was working pretty well for me. I've noticed that Salomon seem to be pretty specific about the flex offered in their boots, is it a marketing tool, or is there really an important difference between 70 and 80?
I really wish I could've had a chat with the boot fitter and looked at some boots, but he was busy and I was getting dragged out of the shop by my guy.
Level: Intermediate, still a bit wobbly on advanced intermediate runs.
Weight: 145 lb