My husband skis on Elan Magfire 12 that are 5 years old now, loves them, he is early 60's and can ski anything. this year , he traded in his old Dalbello boots for a pair of Fishers. He has wide feet, and skis like a maniac in the powder and bumps, and now has improved due to new boots. I purchased a pair of DPS Nina 99's, (girl wailers), and found my boots to be bricks, they couldn't keep up with the super fun new dps skis that wanted more response from me. My old boots were deadening and absorbing the energy from my feet to my new skis, and the flex in the old boots was not happening. I have narrow feet and got fitted by a professional boot fitter (worth every penny for both of us to do this) and wound up with Atomic pro 150, which feel like slippers, but have taken my skiing to a new level. Brian, my husband felt the same thing with his boots, the old stuff just doesn't translate the energy into the newer skis, as the new ski design is more responsive, and requires less energy and work for more fun.... if you have new boots that FLEX and transmit the energy to your skis. We have both skied since we were 10, and got lots of great snow skiing in the interior of British Columbia this year, best year yet, due to to new equipment. As we age, we have become more finesse skiers, and that smooth joy of floating through the pow or skimming over the groomers with deep carving and slarving giving some fun gforce on the turns, can be shortchanged if the missing link is old technology boots. We both had rear entry Salomons in the '90's , they were great in their day, so we long skis, and then so were parabolic skis, now designers like dps, and many others are onto new great things with design, skis are getting longer again, and more fun is to be had with all the new talent that is going into them. Both of us had the best year of skiing yet, and we are into our 6th decade, good bootfitters are rock Gods in our world, and if you are going to drop 3-600 bux on a pair of boots, spending a little extra to have someone sell you something that suits your feet is way more important than the brand. Both of our boots went up on the wall of fame of oldness, at Dizzy's ski shop at BigWhite in Kelowna B.C. Dizzy was surprised we had gotten this far on them. what a difference new technology makes, when fitted properly.
I hope you have a great spring skiing season, cheers, Winnii