I tried the boots in ski hill today after two years of abscent from ski. Here is the summary:
1. I skied better than before (with rental boots), at least I noticed :). My feet easily stayed flat and I could feel the ground much better. In the past, I had trouble in make left turns, and my left leg somehow locked in forward position. I had the same trouble in the first 2 runs. Then I found that I could easily make turns by slightly tilting my feet left and right from the flat position. I guess that this was due to the snug fit of the boots. My legs are less tired but I still used wrong muscles. I had some trouble in fully controlling the speed.
2. The comfort level of the boots is ok. My toes felt pressures and not too bad. Somehow I felt pain at the highest point (in the middle) at the back of one foot. I loosed up buckles , but no help. The pain was not too bad to stop skiing. Hope that the discomfort will go away after the break-in period and more skis.
Overall today's ski was nice. There was snow storm lasted about 1 hour. Fresh snow made ski more interesting.
Dave: Thanks for your replying. I had this question about boots and turns for a while. It is known that beginner's boots have more flex and are more forgiving. Why do these characteristics help make turns? On the contrary, stiff boots respond more effectively to small movements. Does it mean that it is easier for beginners to make turns with stiff boots.
This pair of Tecnica boots costs more than beginner/intermediate boots. If they are not that helpful to my ski, I am thinking to get a TRUE beginner/intermediate boots. Any suggestion?
Backroom: good question. THere are 3 flex setttings of the boots. I set to the lowest flex. I can bent my legs forward without using my weight. I don't know what the exact range is. What are the movements controlled by the flex range? I googled, but a lot of superficial and repeated text.