Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Don't you have enough ski gear already?
You could always do what I do and have two sizes of the exact same boot [24 and 25 shell], set up exactly the same way. I do that so I don't have to give up much performance for the added warmth and comfort of a slightly larger shell size. That said, I only use the 25 shell boot for lazy skiing (off-piste, spring, etc.) and lower-level coaching. When I coach high level skiers I'm always in my 24 shell "race" boots. I figure if I'm going to coach them I should be in the same level of equipment they are in so I can ski at their level or higher.
I tried a few years ago to go down to a very soft "all-mountain" boot (100 flex)... and not only can I not ski in them because they are so soft, but I also broke the back spine of the boot from flexing them too much. They are basically worthless now. I used them at the beginning of the season for some beginner-level stuff, but that's about it. Knowing the kind of skiing that you do, I'd caution against going too soft. Comfort can be increased with shell size and how much grinding you do to the inside of the shell.
See you Thursday.
Valid points Pal, valid points.
In my attempt at brevity, I left a bunch of stuff out of the original post. This boot will get 10 days use a year maximum. This would be a race-day boot only when I find myself at the top of the course with a rotobrush and the only skiing I do is confined to inspections and coat runs.
I don't intend to move any bindings on any race skis, just my CX80s for the AT setup. I can SKI in my plugs all day, I just can't STAND in them all day. When I need to ski, I totally agree with you - can't coach if you can't ski.
Won't see you on Thurdsay - have a work commitment. Race well.
Also - March 21st - clear your calendar...