I've bought my skis already. Got a pair of 2008 K2 Apache Raiders brand new for a steal at $239 from evogear.com. I highly recommend this site, I've done a lot of shopping over the past year or two and I can't remember a time I've seen their price beat. I'm a male, 5'10, intermediate skier looking to advance and weigh 150 pounds. The skis are a pair I feel can really help me build my level and last as well. Now I'm trying to pick a good boot for a slightly narrow foot with 100mm last.
I've been looking at the Salomon Impact and the Lange Fluid lines. I've tried on the 2010 Salomon Impact 8's and really liked them, but they're a tad out of my price range at $399, so I'm looking at the 2009 Impact X7's. The Impact 7's are the model below the 8's and I'm told the X7's are a slightly better version of the 7's. I'm told the fit through the Impact line is pretty similar, so with a flex of 90 and a price of around $240 marked down from $635 I really like them.
My other thoughts are on the Lange Fluid line. I haven't had a chance to try on either the 90 or 100, and I can't find a whole lot of quality and descriptive reviews. I did read a few negative reviews of the 90. Since flex ratings aren't based on a solid rating system brand to brand, I can't really assume the stiffness is equivalent to the 90 rating of the Salomons, so I really need to find somewhere to try em on. But, I was hoping maybe someone would have some experience with these boots?? Even though I found a few negative ratings, I have found a lot of positive one for both the 90 and 100's as well. I've found the 90's for $160 marked down from $499 and the 100's for $199.
All these boots are brand new, just last years models.
Salomon Impact X7-$240
Lange Fluid 90-$160
Lange Fluid 100-$199
Thoughts, recommendations, advice??