wow, you ski a small boot. I thought I did at a 301mm shell. Raichle has a 293mm which should be up your ally, although you might find it tough to find in a shop. As you said over the years there were different levels of Flexons, Comps, Pros, VIP's, reg tongues and DD tongues. Raichle was origionally going to offer a Pro and a Pro-T in some IMO gawd aweful colors, but if you go to the web site there is just the one that will be offered now. What is shown there, is the is the Pro, not the Pro-T, The Pro_T has a stiffer rear cuff i.e. some of the earlier Comps. Take a look at the boot on this page, you will see a additional cuff at the top of teh boot that is not on the Flexon Pro. http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1025168610
Now , before youdecide to go with a new boot, I personally would take a look and follow auctions on ebay. For example... I just picked up a brand new pair of Flexons in a 277mm shell, for my son for....$1.99!!! thats right One dollar and ninety-nine cents! http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1022440620&ed=10044035 97
now not all deals are this good, I even surprised myself here...but deals are out there. Hell even if you find a pair with a couple of days in them for 25.00 and buy new thermoflex liners.. you are talking less that 200.00 for a boot that will run you 400.00 plus. For that matter, you should be able to find some race stock S900's on ebay too.
Where do you live and what store is stocking Flexons? Or you can also order them directly from Raichle too.
As far as the rating of these boots in magazines has baffled me...When you have some of the strongest freeskiers and racers in this boot, how can it be rated as an intermediate boot? and its not just this your it has been that way for the past couple of years..
As far as the tongue... you listed what you had skied, now what will you be skiing? Equipement and terrain? Also this boot is designed to flex... don't take that as a bad thing or that it is wimpy, ski it then decide. It is softer in a progressive forward manner yet extremely stiff rear ward and laterally where you need it.
Your concerds reguarding the Thermoflex liners are justifed, I have the 2nd Generation High Density liner and it is not a hight performance liner. I still use it because the weight and warmth outweigh the nominal loss of performance...for me. I am 38 and I do not see a need for that cutting edge, cutting circulation liner anymore. I will be coing to the new thermos this year though, because my old ones are 6 seasons old and have had 3 re-molds.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 30, 2001 05:49 AM: Message edited 2 times, by Phil Pugliese ]</font>