Need some help with a new boot purchase. My backgound: 6-0, 185 lbs., 40 yrs. old, getting back into skiing after a 14 year layoff. I was formerly a pretty strong, advanced skiier who got in 50-60 days/ year. I'm looking for an all-day comfortable boot that will let me "get the hang of things" again but also rip it up once in a while. I've now been trying on tons of new boots the last several weeks and it has come down to either the Salomon X-Wave 10 or 8, or the Nordica Speedmachine 12 or 10. Both boots are fitting great right out of the box so fit isn't really an issue. The sales guy was REALLY pushing the Nordicas for some reason. He went on about the liners and plastics being much more advanced than the Salomon X-Waves. He was also really pushing the stiffer boots (Speedmachine 12 and X-wave 10) over the softer models. Kinda spooked me, so I left. Any thoughts on what might be a better boot? What kind of flex do I need?
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12/8/06 at 5:49pm