|Originally posted by Ryel:
thanks for the good thoughts. I am focusing somewhat on the fact that when I bought the Trend's my normal surface was blue groomers while now I jump into all kinds of no-track stuff. The trend 7 is just too soft but I really have no idea on how 'stiff' is appropriate.
If you're doing a lot of off-piste stuff, you don't want a super-stiff race boot. The super stiff race boots are only useful if you're racing, or are an ex-racer/instructor who knows how to use them in most/all situations. Even ex-racers and instructors often move to a slightly softer boot.
Rio's suggestion is right on. Take a look at the characteristics of your foot... ball width, heel width, length, arch height, volume, etc. and find a line of boots that fit. Tell the fitter the boot you have, and discuss where it is/was in the line from which it was purchased. Find the equivalent boot in the line that fits you, and go a bit stiffer (let's say, two steps up... one probably isn't enough). Work with the fitter to find the right boot based on your ability and interests. And be honest about your ability, please.