My Specs: 180lbs, 5'9, stocky (tree trunks for legs), old school skier with a tendency to keep my legs very close together, love the bumps, as much as I love a high speed carving run. Big fan of tree skiing and powder runs.
My approach: try to find the best all-mountain package possible, as I can't afford a full quiver (nor top dollar on anything.)
Skis: Volkl AC40 177cm with the packaged Marker binding (tried to secure AC4s, but couldn't find the 177, so I managed to negotiate the AC40s for 3 more bills.)
Boots: 2005/6 Salomon Gun Pro Model mondo 27- I tried as many 'last year' boots as I could find. But the selection was pretty light. These boots fit very well - very consistent pressure all around my foot (uncomfortably tight for the time being but I expect the liner to pack out well - plus I can get the sole heat molded.) Ankle is locked in comfortably, toes can wiggle. So I feel the fit is right.
They're rated at 95 flex, but I'm worried that for (all) the types of skiing I like, they may not be the right choice. (Have 7 days to return...) Everything is tight, but I can flex quite a bit. I'm in my mid 30's so I don't need a race boot at this point, and I'm ok to sacrifice some performance in the bumps.
Anyone's thoughts on if it's even conceivable to have a freeride boot serve the purposes of my needs as described above? I haven't bought gear in a long time (still have my 10 year old Koflachs - yes, I know, this is well over-due.) I can't find a good description of the limitations of this boot, nor a decent description of a ''freeride" boot?
I've found 1 decent thread on this boot in the forums, but I'm wondering if there is any reason I can find very little other information on the boot. Is it a lemon? Evo has it on sale as well, but other than that... nada.
Thoughts appreciated. I've been trolling the forums that last couple days, and I'm floored by the level of expertise folks are bringing to it.