Originally Posted by bud heishman
I think I can back up my statements!
Let's see, by your declaration to reach expert skiing levels one must be able to flex their ankles. This must be why all the highest level ski boots on the market are also the very stiffest boots available from the manufacturers, and the elite athletes on the world cup are using boots much stiffer than what a consumer can purchase.
Splain that Lucy!?
Oh, and this is nothing new, this has been the way it has been since before I began skiing in '75.
I think it is you who is advocating something new on the path to expert skiing dude??
Please Bud, give me a challenge.
Explain it huh? Easy.
To flex the boot, you need to apply pressure to the cuff...your ability to do this is a function of 2 things:
1: Your mass
2: The turning forces you can create in a turn.
Now the first one is pretty simple, and I dont think I need to eloborate.
The second one is abit more complex.
First, to push on the boot cuff, you need something to push against...a rock solid ski on edge will do nicely....but only ADVANCED /EXPERTS can develop this platform...hence begginer skiers and intermediates, like yourself, have less to push against, as the ski will be skidding somewhat, ...thus you need softer boots. This platform of course becomes less "solid" in softer snow types, especially in powder, thus a softer boot tends to be prefered in these conditions.
Second the expert skier will ski faster, and make tighter arcs, this will mean they will generate "G-forces", in the World Cup 3Gs are possilbe...this means a 200lb man pulling 3 gs has upto 600lbs to load on that boot cuff...against a rock solid platform...that is alot of force...to prevent the boot from just mushing out, the skier needs SUPPPORT....thus a very stiff boot is in order....but dont kid yourself...the boot is indeed flexing....
Again as above, in softer conditions, the ability to generate these quick dynamic turns is less, thus less G forces created, thus a softer boot is used.
Care to comment there Bud?