I currently ski in a pair or Nordica Supercharger Enforcers. They are a 98mm last and 100-110 flex (ish). Basically, they are just too soft for me. Great for when i'm teaching, but when I am skiing aggressively, they just don't give me the power and support I want.
I went and saw a good boot fitter today. Limited selection due to the size and flex boot i'm after. Anyway, I tried on a Atomic Hawx 120, and pretty much was just crushing it according to the boot fitter. After that i was put in a Head Raptor 150RD race boot. Surprisingly, it felt much wider than the listed 95mm- but with a boot like that work is needed regardless. I liked the lace up liners and general fit, liner gave me awesome heel hold. Very few pressure points (only really 6th toe). far less than I expected.
My question is, that I will be using these for lots of big mtn skiing, crud busting, bumps, airs, cliffs and technical lines ect. Is it a bad idea to buy a race specific boot for this? Is the lack of shock absorption and other features free ride boots have going to give me more pain and issues?
I'm thinking a boot like that would really push my skiing, but along with that goes that i have to be on form or i'll get worked-much like on a stiff ski.
I'll keep my nordicas for teaching and park skiing. Can I put the lace up liner in them too?