We are shopping for new ski boots for my 16 year old son. His feet are still growing so I don't want to get too crazy at this point, but I want to make sure the boots are reasonable also.
He is 5' 6" tall and weighs 117 pounds. We live near Syracuse, NY and ski in this area for the most part, maybe 6 or 7 times a year. We often take a trip out to Utah and ski 4 or 5 days, but this year we may end up going up to northern NY (Gore) or VT instead.
My son likes the trees and playing around in the bumps. He's not a big fan of the terrain park. He has been skiing since he was 3 years old and can go just about anywhere. When we go to Utah we ski Alta, Snowbird, etc. Other than the more extreme rocky cliffs we'll go just about anywhere.
The salesman first had him put his foot in the shell for sizing and put him at a 26.5. That makes sense to me, as that's what I'm in and his feet are the same length as mine now.
The salesman said that with his size he wouldn't be able to properly flex an adult boot and brought out a Rossignol Hero JR 65. This is a junior race boot with a flex index of 65. They had a price tag of $169 on these boots. We are trading in his old pair for $50 and had another coupon for $50 off, so we essentially would get them for $70. They guarantee %50 trade-in for 2 years, so we'll get $85 back for them the next time around.
I doubt he will get more than a year or 2 out of any boot we buy at this point, so my main question is whether this boot is ridiculously soft for a teenager of his size. If so I think I still have the option of swapping them out for something else. Rossi's web page states that these boots are for "junior athletes ages 12 and under". If that's the case, do they really need them in sizes up to 28.5?
Thanks for any advice.