Originally Posted by casper980
Just happen to be a really great boot fitter about half hour from me. I had them adjust my beat up ex rental boots that I bought for my first season. After measuring my foot at all angles, the wider last boot with high arch support is what I need to start with. So I think the Tecnica 10.2 HVL is perfect boot to start with, i am just curious if the 100 flex is going to be stiff enough for my fat *** or if i should go with the 120? haha
Also remember I am a noob...not sure what MAP means
Basically mostly see hard pack groomers, I hit a little bit of powder last year, and I mean a little bit like 5'' lol If I need to buy another set of skis when I travel to somewhere with some real powder I am willing to spend the money when the time comes.
I guess what I really need advice on is does my weight need 100 or a 120 flex boot and do I need a stiffer flex on the ski or is a medium flex what I want?
What I meant by MAP is "minimum advertised price". In order to avoid the dealers going out of business their suppliers will not let them advertise a price lower than MAP. Apparently it gets buy the competition laws because the dealers are still allowed to sell below this price. In my experience, there are four price points, the MSRP or manufactures suggested retail price, the MAP, the price sticker you typically find on a ski in a ski shop (discounted 10 to 20% from MSRP), and the screaming good deal.
Like I said before 120 Flex for now, imho 130 would be a better choice for you now than 110 now, because when you get good at this you will be on 130 or 150 flex boots.
Be aware that you have to be able to flex a boot to ski well, and the harder flexing boot can be an impairment to learning. A light skier with good technique and speed can flex a stiff boot. You don't have good technique yet, but at least you are not a light skier, so 120-130 won't be so bad for you, 150 flex now for you would be a brutal task master.
Boots first, but it is important that you buy skis that are strong enough to turn or stop you at reasonable speeds. Such skis do not come with a beginner designation. Sorry, but you are going to have to learn to handle significant forces. If groomed runs and hard snow is where you spend 90% of your time should be looking at the narrow end of the product offerings. Also you should avoid rockered skis. A little tip rocker or slight early rise isn't so bad; it will ease the learning curve, but definitely avoid full rocker. If you really want to learn fast and don't mind tough love, go for a traditional full cambered ski. I feel pretty much alone offering this advice; whenever the topic comes up on epic I am told tip rocker and early rise doesn't do anything to detract from the ski, but alas I have skied these skis on hardpack and am not a fan of them on hard snow or corduroy.
Don't be afraid to get a ski designed for an advanced skier, your weight will be able to bend it, and although it will be less forgiving, it will reward proper behaviour and will be much safer than getting a noodle; you need to control your 225 lbs going down a hill at 30 mph and that takes a lot of force, force transmitted from the snow by the ski.