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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello

 

I am a newbie and looking to purchase a pair of ski boots so I can putz around with my two young (4 and 6 years old) kids who are learning to ski.  I am now 50 and haven't skied since I was about 20, and back then I only went up a handful of times.

 

That being said what type of flex should I be looking for.  I seem to be a 29.5 and am 6'3" and about 200 lbs.

 

Is there a way to determine if a boot has too much flex or too little when trying them on at a ski shop.  If so what should I do or look for?

 

Lastly, stores here in California this time of the year have an inside temp of about 70 F.  How will this affect the flex compared to being in colder temps n the snow?

 

-Thanks

post #2 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello

 

I just gave a friend $10 for a pair of Salomon Course Flex 120 boots Mondo 29.5.  Some of the other writing on the boot is Carbon Link Advanced Chassis Technology.  They have canting adjustments on the inner and outer ankle area.

 

 

There is the following stamped inside the shell

28 / 29.5

IF 336261

D > TPU

03 stamp so I guess this is the date code 2003.  Friend told me they were just a few years old.  Said he bought them in Spain and only used them on one ski trip.

334mm is stamped on the outer sole edge

 

 

 

The liner is a Course CF PRO with the numbers 295 36 SB 3 and text Sensifit

 

And has the original Salomon Course foot bed.

 

I guess I have four questions.

 

Is the 120 Flex going to be too stiff for me?

 

Does anyone know what the Last is of this boot?

 

Can I put the liners in the clothes washer with a little bit of soap, OxiClean or bleach, vinegar and or ammonium?  I know not to put them in the dryer.  My plan ws to leave them out to dry, its warm here in California now.

 

 

Should I give these a try next season, just to hang around with my 4 and 6 years as they learn to ski?   I guess I would call myself a beginner, I am 6'3" 200 lbs and haven't skied on 30 years and back in high school I only skied something like 5-6 times.

post #3 of 5

2003/2004 model is getting to be older and is more pinchy toed boots than current models---if you happen to have larger calf muscles you will think these boots (29.5) are way too tight.  Do  you have larger calves?

 

Larger calves will push your knees forward further, if you try to extend (stand taller) your larger calf muscles will hit the back of the boot shell sooner and push your feet forward in the boot shell ---- watch out toes --- ouch!

 

Flex----That model Salomon has 2 bolts at the back / bottom of the upper shell piece which can be taken out to soften the flex---but the thing you need most is a good boot fitter, not just anyone who happens to work at the ski shop but a BOOT FITTER:).  If he is any good he can work around any problems you may have with set up (performance) and comfort.

 

You saved a bundle on your boot purchase---put a little toward getting the boot dialed in and go enjoy.

By the way Skiing is kind of like swimming, you won't forget how---you might be a little rusty---you should take a lesson--- then go have a great time.

 

mike

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hi Mike,

 

Thanks for the informative reply.

 

 

I just took a look at the boots and don't see any screws to remove at the bottom of the upper shell.

 

All I see are the canting screws and right next to them another screw that says locked.  This is in the inner and outer ankle area on the exterior of the boot.  Please let me know if I am missing them and a hint where to look.

 

Luckily I live close to California Ski Company in Berkeley, they are closed in July but will be open in Aug.  I am sure you know them well.

 

 

Thanks!

post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by murphysf View Post
 

Hi Mike,

 

Thanks for the informative reply.

 

 

I just took a look at the boots and don't see any screws to remove at the bottom of the upper shell.

 

All I see are the canting screws and right next to them another screw that says locked.  This is in the inner and outer ankle area on the exterior of the boot.  Please let me know if I am missing them and a hint where to look.

 

Luckily I live close to California Ski Company in Berkeley, they are closed in July but will be open in Aug.  I am sure you know them well.

 

 

Thanks!

Yeh, the screw that says" locked"---if you take those out, the boot will be softened---it will also (sadly) loose some/all of it's "rebound" which can help out in performance.

 

mike

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