I'm a recreational skier (The Alps, mostly; less than 15 days a season), less than 5 years of experience (took some lessons as a kid, huge absence ensued. Between level 4 and 5 as per New Generation's ski level guide - I'm able to ski blacks, moguls, still troubled by ice, sometimes venture between trees/slightly deeper snow, technique not that great though (skis not always parallel, slight plow when initiating turns etc).
26 yrs old, decent shape (I play tennis regularly), 270 mondopoint, about 150lbs at 5'9, don't intend to ski too aggressively (rarely over 45mph, at which feel don't hold up for too long). I'd say less than 101mm last.
Tried a lot of boots during the past weeks, and I've found that the Atomic Hawx are the ones that fit me best, but I'm still undecided regarding the flex: I'd lean towards 90 or even 100, feeling that 110 would be a bit too much, although I could flex them rather easily in the shop (although I understand the situation changes on the cold slopes and inside the bindings, and the Hawx's flex is progressive? aka slightly softer on the superior side of the boot/up till the toes?). I'll definitely be trying on some Full Tilt Classic as well, curious about the different technology (3 piece & all).
The rest of the equipment should soon follow (leaning towards Armada's 171cm El Rey), as well as some more learning lessons (either in a group or private). Again, the final objective would rather be towards having fun in different skiing conditions & scenarios, rather than full speed/performance/racing.
What would your advice be? I know a higher flex might take me further, but at the same time I'm a bit afraid of finding out that a stiffer flex would prevent me enhancing my carving technique, for example, especially seeing that there's a lot of guys heavier than me (170-220lbs) quite content with the Hawx 110...
Also please take into account the fact that bootfitters are a bit harder to find around here :)