I am an intermediate eastern skier, doing primarily blues, slow speeds. I don't really carve (partly because my current boots are a whole size too big, it seems.
Salomon advertises the "Impact 7" as progressing skiers, which usually seems to mean "not doing wedges anymore". The 8 is rated as advanced, and the 9 is rated as an "expert". However, I know that there is also an impact 10, and an impact pro, so I doubt the 9's experts are real experts.
I can buy an old 7 for about $140 and an old 9 for about $240. I'm worried that the seven would be too soft, but also that the 9 may be above my level. Can't find an 8 at a decent price for my size.
Any recs? Am I better off going up even to the expert level? Is the higher end boot more customizable?