I didn't think this was "boot guy" related, I have no problems with fitment. So here it goes.
To begin, I'm currently still skiing my ' 00 Nordica Trend 07's and I'm noticing quite a bit slop. 10 years on a set of boots is pretty good. So, I'm due. My 08/09 Tigershark 10 foot 175cm's are fresh off the rack mid last season from my previous K2 Four's (oldies, but goodies.) Now, with the new aggressive ski, and the older, probably fatigued boot, the slop has been amplified.
I'm a big guy, 6'1'', 250lb and a power skier. I would consider my ability intermediate to expert, leaning towards the expert. I ski the blacks here in the east 90% of the time, but warm up and cool down on blues. I'm not a huge fan of moguls, however, I've noticed myself taking them on more often this season in hopes to quicken up my knees a little. I occasionally leave the corduroy to the nice fresh fluff, but until I pickup a set of mid-fats in the late season sale, I usually stick to the groomers. When I finally bite the bullet and grab some mid-fats, I'll do a little bit of everything, depending on conditions.
I'm debating on getting into the 100+ flex area for a new set of boots. I tried on both Tecnica and Nordica boots, and liked the fitment of both. It seemed that the Nordica Sportmachine 80's may have been a little more plush than the Tecnica Pheonix 80's. Both of which felt nice in the store, but who knows how they ski. My next concern is, do I step up to the 100+ flex designation in either the Tecnica Dragon 100's or the Nordica Sportmachine 100's? I know the ratings are guidelines and aren't consistent between manufacturers.
I'm always trying to ski better and improve my ability. Which boots would you recommend for an 8+ hour day on the hill based on the above?
Thanks in advance!