need help too...I posted this a few days ago and no one responded so I would like to post it again and would appreciate your opinions.
Just a little backgrounder: 40 years old, 165 lbs, 5'9". Been skiing a lot in past 10 years and although I concentrate on form and style, I also like doing speedwork.
Having wide and flat feet I narrowed my choice down to Tecnica Diablos and the Nordica Speedmachines. Tried both and decided for the SM due to its width. Now I have to decide between the SM 12 and SM 14. I have read and asked, but could not make up my mind between the 12 and the 14. Wore the 12 on the shop floor and first impressions were the flex was a little softer than I expected. Although I am not complaining about the 12 flex at 120, mind you they were firm) but I guess I expected more. Could it be that when those shoes hit the snow, they could be stiffer? Need opinion on that too. Also, if I set the SM 14 at a 120-125 flex then perhaps I would be fine being comparable to a 120 flex on the 12. Or is the SM 14 flex at 120 stiffer than the SM 12 flex at 120. Does that make sense? I guess it does.
I am opting for the SM14 since for $50 more, I get a stiffer flex (do I really need that) the gel liner, the thicker strap, but is it really just the same boot. Would anyone care to comment on the two. I welcome all comments.