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Please recommend a good intermediate boot that will go well into advanced level

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Hello and thanks in advance for any help you all might be able to provide.


I am 41 years old, 6'2" and 3/4, ranging between 210 and 215 lbs, working toward 200 lbs.  I have somewhat skinny, yet muscular calves and have a narrow size 11 feet. My legs are slightly canted but that has never been an issue with a softer Nordica Trend Exopower 03 boot, which I love, but I feel like I need something stiffer.  Furthermore, I ski 2010 K2 Apache Xplorers.  Since I am lucky to ski 10 days per year, last few years much less due to bad snow conditions, I would rate my self as an upper intermediate I guess.  I like to keep a moderate speed on steep groomed runs, but charge blue runs and like to ski soft and aggressive; just depending on what I feel like.  I am low intermediate in moguls (not my favorite) about the same in deeper powder on groomers, which I'd like to get better at. 

Bottom line is, I want to eventually at least be more in the solid advanced level sooner then later.  I bought my Nordica Exopower Trend 03's at a ski shop selling off some of their rentals and loved them, but know that I need a bit of a stiffer, higher performance boot. I also came to find out that for some reason, I bought them 6 years ago in a 29.5 , but I just measured my feet at two ski shops at a 28.5 and had been skiing the wrong size boot to begin with.  I have noticed the boots became looser over time.

I recently bought another pair of used boots, which nobody including myself can find any information on, which are the Head Edge Plus HF in a 28.5, which completely seemed to ruin my skiing.  It felt like the back of my right ski kept on wanting to slide out and all of a sudden my skis felt really squirly. Nothing felt right.  As well, I had a very hard time keeping strapping the boots buckles and one of the buckles would not strap evenly.  Oh well, a $50 mistake.

So one question I have is this.  Does it sound like the integrity of the Head boots is bad?  I've never had a boot make my skis feel so out of control.  Would me going down to a 28.5 from a 29.5 make that much of a difference?  I would have thought that the correct size boot would improve my skis and my skiing ability. 

So with all of this, I'd like to stick with a Nordica that is not too stiff, yet will be stable enough and just a fun overall boot for my current abilities and one that will help me advance to a higher level without sacrificing stability. One boot that I might also demo is the Atomic Hawk 2.0 or 3.0.  But thing is, I have never had a bad experience with Nordicas and I want something that will sort of feel like those Trend Exopower 03's

Please feel free to throw out a few of them so I can at least demo if available in my area.
Edited by TommyTahoe - 1/22/16 at 2:13am
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Almost forgot, my K2's are 177 and I'll be looking to get into something 180 CM plus next year.

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Forget about the head boots..they are a wide fitting ski boot which runs long in length... $50.00 learning lesson😊.. As you found out all boots fit different and sizing can vary.. The number printed on the boots does not represent actual true size or shape internally of boot..All companies vary.. I would recommend time with a boot fitter.. Money well spent.. The fitter will assess your needs and be able to match the volume of a boot to your lower leg and foot shape.. A Proper fitting boot will improve your skiing....
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