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Boot flex settings.

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Ive been skiing my most recent boots for the last 7 years now and pretty much consider myself an upper advanced/expert skiier these days.
My favourite type of skiing is pretty much off piste...
Last year hit Squaw and just loved running off KT22 etc..also hit the back bowls of Vail the year before and loved it..
Anyway...basicallly in the market for a new boot and was trying to get the vibe on what to look for in flex settings etc.
Obviously I want versatillity so I can still carve fast down the front of the mountain but I spend most my time off the track as mentioned already.
Im 6ft tall and weigh 90kg...
Am not a great bump skiier but am trying to improve this ..
So..whta sort of flex settings should I look for and what about lateral support?
I fit into some langes and some nordicas..
I assume a stiff race boot wouldnt fit the bill.
Thanks in advance.

[ May 06, 2003, 11:23 PM: Message edited by: LRC ]
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Most langs are on the narrow side and most Nordica are on the wider side , except the Beast and doberman.If you have an average foot , you might try on the beast or if it is too stiff drop down to the model under that.I find the beast has noticible adjustments not only in the flex (120/110) but comes with additional front shim for stiffer and also removable spoilers (velcro) front and back that are easy to remove or move into any position . Also the lange 110 comp has adjustments , but is narrower .But bottom line is the boot has to fit your foot configuration . It is better to get a proper fit than all the bells and whistles. There are a lot of good boots available , just have a good boot fitter help you and rember you get what you pay for.
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Judging by how you spell "favourite" and that you 90 Kg. which is about 198 pounds US, you are from downunder, Great Britain, or you learned English from a true "Englishman."

That aside, the trend here in North America is for boots to have more flex, but very good lateral support. The three most important words in boots are fit...fit ...and fit. If they don't fit and feel right, then you are going to be miserable.

I think that race boots are out of the question, as you indicated in your post. I am not sure if the new soft boots are up to standard for those that ski beyond the advanced level. You might want to take a look at the Nordica Smartech line [ the model 10 would be best place to start] just to see what is suppose to be a pretty dynamic "soft boot" is like.

As to flex, while in the shop, you should be able to push your knee forward fairly easliy, so that it is over the toe of your boot. If you cannot easily do this, the boot is too stiff. If the boot is like a noodle [ it takes little or no effort to move your knee forward over the toe of the boot, ] then it is too soft. Do go to a good boot fitter, since in the long run this will be worth the time, effort, and some more money interms of costs to get the right boot.If you pay more for the boot by going to a boot fitter, this is Ok since you are going to get something that is going to work for you, and the boot fitter is your best guide to achieving that objective.

You are right to be looking at the purchase of new boots. Those that you have from 7 years ago, are now "collectables."
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Just a little word to add to the confusion, A lot of PSIA demo team members wear very stiff boot that have not change their design since the last 20 years or more i.e. Nordica Dobermann. They use those to race, ski powder and bumps...

The fit is more important than the stifness and remember that it is a lot easier for a bootfitter to make a stiff boot softer than to make a soft boot stiffer.
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