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Salomon X-Max 100 or Technica Mach 100 LV or MV?

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I'm shopping for new boots and currently considering three boots: Salomon X-Max 100, Technica Mach 100 LV, or Technica Mach 100 MV.

 

I tried the Technica Mach 100 LV and MV over the summer without my custom footbeds.  I have an accessory navicular bone in my left foot that causes problems.  In the LV, I liked the performance fit, it was snugger, but out-of-the-box, there was an unplesant pressure point in the accessory navicular bone area.  The MV was more comfortable out-of-the-box, but much looser overall.  I suspect once the liners pack in a bit, it might be even more pronounced.

 

Today, I tried the Technica Mach 100 MV and Salomon X-Max 100 with my custom footbeds and the Salomon (which I believe is a 98mm last) was comfortable.  They were out of the LV (but have them at their other shop) so I couldn't try them with my footbeds. 

 

I'm leaning towards the Technica Mac 100 LV and hoping that with my custom footbeds, the pressure I experienced over the summer will be minimized or the boot could easily be punched out to fix the problem.  Does that sound like the right decision (i.e., go for a tighter performance fit and work on the shell if need be)?

 

Also, the bootfitter had me try several 120 flex boots.  I'm an aggressive skier and can handle any terrain, but I'm also only 5'10" and about 140 lbs.  So I'm always worried to get skis that I don't have the weight or muscles to stay on top of.  Am I right to be wary of a 120 flex for the same reason?

 

Thanks!

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I'm leaning towards the Technica Mac 100 LV and hoping that with my custom footbeds, the pressure I experienced over the summer will be minimized or the boot could easily be punched out to fix the problem.  Does that sound like the right decision (i.e., go for a tighter performance fit and work on the shell if need be)?

 

Also, the bootfitter had me try several 120 flex boots.  I'm an aggressive skier and can handle any terrain, but I'm also only 5'10" and about 140 lbs.  So I'm always worried to get skis that I don't have the weight or muscles to stay on top of.  Am I right to be wary of a 120 flex for the same reason?

 

Thanks!

yes (small boots can be made bigger)

 

yes (but stiff boots can be made softer)

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Footbeds don't really fix many fit problems.  They can be part of the solution but are rarely the only solution.  

 

Buy the LV, put in your footbeds and if the problem continues have the boot punched in your navicular area.

 

Wouldn't worry about the flex.  Boots can be made softer and skiers expect more boot flexion than is ever used.  Although your are not heavy your height will give you some leverage on the boot.  Also as Mtnlion said the boot can be softened.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post
 

Footbeds don't really fix many fit problems.  They can be part of the solution but are rarely the only solution.  

 

Buy the LV, put in your footbeds and if the problem continues have the boot punched in your navicular area.

 

Wouldn't worry about the flex.  Boots can be made softer and skiers expect more boot flexion than is ever used.  Although your are not heavy your height will give you some leverage on the boot.  Also as Mtnlion said the boot can be softened.

 

Lou


Thanks Lou and Mtnlion.

 

I went with the LV in 110 flex.  No doubt the boot will need a bit of work after trying it on yesterday with my footbeds, but the overall fit was a lot more performance driven than the MV for my feet.

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