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Falcon CS vs Head Raptor RS 120. Flex and sizing concern

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Hi guys!

I'm 5'11" (180cm) 155lbs (70kg) intermediate skier looking for all day boots. I measured my longest foot 26.6cm with ski sock on. Normal width for this size ~98mm, low instep, but small calf. I usually wear 9.5US (43FR), sometimes 9 (42FR), size street shoes. Not a racer. Prefer all-mountain skis. Sometimes ski aggressively, but I can't do it all day long. I plan to master bumps next season.

I liked Falcon fit very much. I tried them in 27.5. There were no other small size Falcons in the shop.
Now I have a good deal for Head Raptor RS 120 size 27.0. No other sizes again. Can't compare to 26.5.
I'm choosing between buying Raptor and waiting next season and Falcon in 26.5 size.
My concerns are:
1. Raptor flex of 110 could be too stiff for me (155lbs). How Head's flex 110 compares to Salomon's 100?
2. I've read that Raptors are close to true size, but 27.0 is on the lower limit of the shell. It fit ok in a shop, the liner is almost equal to my size. But still not sure if I need 26.5.
3. I have small calf (tiny legs). Looks like there is more room in Raptors than in Falcons in area near strap. How can I check if it is not too roomy there?

Buy or not to buy Raptors?

Thank you.
Nick.
post #2 of 5
you need a 26 in any boot.

try them both (and lots of other stuff too) on in that size.

you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

you need a 26 in any boot.

try them both (and lots of other stuff too) on in that size.

you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit

Thank you very much for you reply. I guess the main answer is "You should not buy those Raptors" :)
Could you please explain what did you mean saying "try them both (and lots of other stuff too) on in that size."
I skied Rossi Zenith 100 (100mm last, 27.0) looks like too roomy in calf area. 26.5 Liner felt too tight so I took 27.0
skied Lange Fluid 80 (100mm last, 27.5) same prob with calf and I had some foot pain, can't say why or where.
Atomic T11 (26.5) and Atomic RT TI (26.0)  Tried in a shop. Fingers are jammed together. RT TI needs more bootfitting.
What model do you recommend to check? Any advices are appreciated!

Quote:
you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit

Ok, should I ignore that liner could be too small with this fit like in Rossi's 26.5? I.e should I look for shell fit only? What to do with liner though?

Thank you.
Nick
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

you need a 26 in any boot.

try them both (and lots of other stuff too) on in that size.

you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit

Thank you very much for you reply. I guess the main answer is "You should not buy those Raptors" :)
Could you please explain what did you mean saying "try them both (and lots of other stuff too) on in that size."
I skied Rossi Zenith 100 (100mm last, 27.0) looks like too roomy in calf area. 26.5 Liner felt too tight.
Lange Fluid 80 (100mm last, 27.5) same prob with calf and I had some foot pain, can't say why or where.
Any advices are appreciated!

Quote:
you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit

Ok, should I ignore that liner could be too small with this fit like in Rossi 26.5? I.e should I look for shell fit only? What to do with liner though?

Thank you.
Nick
post #5 of 5
you are looking for a 5-15mm shell fit.  even on the 15mm end yes, the liner might feel tight.  but you are looking for a good, all over, even tight  (firm handshake, not single pressure point)

in the boot, yes you will feel yours toes at the end.  but when you flex forward then will pull off.  Leave them on for 5+ minutes (while wearing a VERY thin sock) and see how they all change.  Then try something else one the other foot and compare.  remove the looser one and try something else on that foot.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41231

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2056447
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