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Question about Flex Index before I buy boot

post #1 of 11
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This is the first time buying boots in a long time. It has been so long, that from what I remember, there was no "FLEX INDEX" rating. I really don't know how to choose a proper index. All the shops I've been to have kids that are trained to say "that is a good boot for you".

My question.... I am a six foot tall and 245 pound guy. I am athletic. I am a strong level six skier who hangs out on blues but I aspire to become a better skier. How do I decide what Flex Index is right for me? Right now, I have my eye on a pair of Dalbello Proton P8 boots with a flex index of 90. How do I know if this is too week of a index and that I will not over power them?
post #2 of 11
Just for reference sake. My wife's bathroom scale puts me at 165 lbs, I like to ski fast on expert skis, and will ski anything that's has cover, steep as you please, icy or not, so long as there's a good run out. My most recently purchased boots have a flex index of 100. They seem to work out all right for me. I would imagine at 245 lbs, you should be using something a little stiffer.
post #3 of 11
FWIW, I weigh less than Ghost and have a boot with flex index of 120.. For you, 90 seems a little too soft if you want to develop your skiing..
post #4 of 11
I only weigh 130 and I have boots with a flex of 120 as well. It's all preference, so if you can, you should try some different flexes out. But at 265, your probably going to want something stiffer.
post #5 of 11
I was told that the Dalbello Krytons (which have adjustable flex options) can be set from 90-120 (don't know if the Protons are adjustable), but if that is correct then 90 would definitely be very soft for a guy your size.
post #6 of 11
My understanding is that flex indexes are not consistent from manufacturer to manufacturer, there is no industry standard; so a good boot fitter will really help in bridging that gap.
post #7 of 11
Where does one check the flex index of a boot?

I have 3 year old Lange 120s. Just curious.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel View Post
Where does one check the flex index of a boot?

I have 3 year old Lange 120s. Just curious.
The fact that they are called '120s' probably has something to do with it..
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Festus View Post
My understanding is that flex indexes are not consistent from manufacturer to manufacturer, there is no industry standard; so a good boot fitter will really help in bridging that gap.
But they are guidelines..
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
The fact that they are called '120s' probably has something to do with it..
d'oh !!!!!!!!!!!!!

In that case, 120 flex index, 165 lb level 8/9 skier is plenty stiff enough for me !
post #11 of 11
FWIW I'm 240-6'2, level 9ish and love my Salomon Xmax with flex 110.
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