Originally Posted by j-mo
I'm a 43 year old intermediate to advanced skier, 5'11", 175 lbs. I live in Chicago and ski 5-7 days a year out west. My current boots are Tecnica Agents 110's and I bought them in 2010. I probably have 35-40 days on them...so maybe not that old. Ski's are Volkl Kendo 170's.
I like my Agents and they do not give me any pain but I have noticed that I have trouble flexing them forward. It is a challenge for me to flex forward and really feel the boot tongue against my shins when I ski. Maybe this is the boot flex or maybe its my technique? If I really push and flex forward while skiing I Get a little wobbly...like maybe I am fighting the boot flex.
A year or 2 after I got the boots I got a custom footbed at SBF in Vail CO. The fitter commented that I wasn't really flexing the boot and that maybe it wasn't the ideal boot for me. So now I got it in my head that its the boot flex so I started looking last year. I was intrigued by the Salomon X-Pros and tried on the 100's. Very comfortable but wondering if they will be too flexible. I am considering the 110's or even 120's. I know that sounds contradictory but its been several years since I bought boots and Salmon is a different brand so it's tough to gauge.
Just welcome any thoughts anyone might have.
100's, 110's, 120's? Something else?
You say you have It may be the boot's fit. It may be your range of motion. It may be your technique. Here are some questions that might help people answer your questions.
1. When you put the boots on, how many socks are you wearing? (The best answer is one sock per foot, and that sock should be thinnish.
2. Do you have anything else stuffed down inside the boot besides your sock(s)? (You should not have anything else stuffed down in there.)
3. When you buckle the boots inside and flex forward, do you feel cuff pressure mostly at the top of the tongue, or all along the cuff, all the way down to your ankle? (Hopefully all the way down.)
4. If you feel pressure all along the shin top-to-bottom, when you flex inside the house, is it stronger up at the top, or is there about the same amount of pressure all the way down? (Equal pressure all the way down is best.)
5. When you flex the boot inside, does it actually flex/bend forward at the cuff? (It should.)
6. When you are skiing, what do you do to flex the cuff? You say you "really push and flex forward," but I don't know what that means. What body part(s) do you bend or move to flex that cuff, and exactly how do you do that? (No prompts on this one. There are ineffective ways to try to flex a boot, and effective ways.)
7. That red part up there... did you mean "rarely" when you wrote "really"? It seems to be a contradiction when you say you have difficulty flexing forward, while also saying you really feel that tongue against your shin. If you mean "really," does that mean you keep your shin-tongue contact going all the time but can't get the cuff to bend?