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I am looking to buy new gear. I have found most of the info I need for the skis. However, I am having very hard time finding any info on boots. There seems to be so many boots out there and no information regarding to what is what. As far as I understand the two important factors are how it fits your feet and how stiff is the boot. Obviously stiffer is better if youre racing on flat surface. What about skiing bumps powder crud etc. I was trying to make sense of the stiff index but still dont know if 80 is stiff or soft and if they go up to 300 or 500. Reading the descriptions on the manuf website is pointless and all the models are better than the last one and the next one. The ski shops round here are out of everything and I am thinking to go and fit diffferent sizes (whatever sizes they still have) and figuring out the fit best as possible according to the two fingered test and on how it follows my foot contour and then buyng that model online if possible(in the correct size). I am an advanced skier skiing on 20 year old skis and 15 year old rental boots. Just recently tried a set of 1080s and cannot think or eat anything but skis ever since. I am itching very bad so anyone please shed some light on this issue so I can resume back to my life's responsibilities. Thank you.
post #2 of 6
Go to a reputable ski shop and have them put you into a pair of boots they think is right for you. They'll ask you where you ski, how often you ski, etc. From there they'll know what level of boot to put you in. The next step is fit- different boots fit differently shaped feet while still offering the same levels of performance. While a certain boot brand may be a perfect fit for one customer, it'll cause unbearable pain for another. Ignore the "flex index" assigned to a boot by the manufacturer- they only apply to other boots of the same brand and refer to the relative stiffness to the other boots made by the company, making them fairly arbitrary. The key in this whole process is a good ski specific shop. A big chain sporting goods store will not have employees knowledgable enough to fit you correctly or a wide enough slection to ensure a perfect fit.
post #3 of 6
what take said and deal with it next year when stores have stock?
post #4 of 6
I would recommend waiting until next season and try to find some situations where you can try out different boots that get recommended to you (by a good bootfitter/store). It's a royal pain in the rear, but it might save you a lot of wasted money on unforeseen problems. I've had some boots that felt very good while standing in them, but one foot immediately cramped badly when I actually started skiing. And it didn't go away. I would never have guessed that was going to happen from the initial fit. No initial indication at all. You never really know until you've skiied them.
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And welcome to Epicski.
post #6 of 6
Originally Posted by bornedagain
I am an advanced skier skiing on 20 year old skis and 15 year old rental boots.
You're going to love all the advances in ski equipment since your last purchase. As above, it's better to wait until next season, with a great bootfitter to help you out. Save your pennies this summer, you'll probably want a new pair of skis also.
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