This is a repost from the boot guys forum thread. I was advised to post here by one of the members. Please let me know if you were in a similar situation, if it worked out, your advice.
Beginner skier, 33 y/o male. 6 total days of skiing experience. Barely learned parallel turns and easier blues at Alta. Couldn't properly flex a 130 boot in the warm shop, according to the fitter. 6'1"-2" @ 175-180 lbs, lanky weak build. OK endurance fitness (I trail run, kayak), but below average strength, balance and coordintation. Didn't do sports, dance, etc growing up. Don't aspire to do much beyond single black diamonds / easy powder runs. No history of knee or ankle problems, but knees did feel beat up after Alta vacation.
Told all this to the fitter (except weight, he didn't ask). Ended up fitted and sold Salomon X-Pro 120 boots. I was clueless about flex ratings at the time. The fitter said solid boot for blues, but decent for greens and single blacks, marginal for double blacks. Said I could flex it, I'd be fine.
I bought it for an April trip, but it fell through. Won't have a chance to even test it until next season. Now I've read some stuff about boots and I'm concerned that boot is inappropriate for my skill/weight/strength, and an overkill in stiffness even for my future skiing goals. Read on this forum that softening (bolts out, cuts) compromises proper function of the boot, better off buying softer design boot in the first place.
Would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Long version in the wall-of-text original post if you want more details