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Is 120 flex too much for an intermediate skier?

post #1 of 7
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I've recently started shopping for boots in the Philadelphia metro area and, to say the least, am having trouble finding knowledgeable salespeople. My 1-2 hours of reading about boots seems to have me knowing more than the people working at the ski shops around here.

 

Anyway, I'm 6'2" 245 and consider myself an intermediate skier and possibly a quick learner. I've been skiing for 2 years and have about 15 days (all in either UT or CO) under my belt. I ski groomed and/or fresh blues and blacks with total comfort, and can ski groomed or really clean double blacks as well. Steepness and speed aren't much of a problem.That said, I'll still get embarassed quickly by steep bumps. Improving in this area is my goal for this season.

 

My research told me a skier at my level would normally look in the 80-100 range, but due to my size might look a bit higher. I went in assuming I'd want 90 or 100s. The people in the shops here keep trying to put me in 70-80 flex boots, which at my size I can pretty much double over. They flex like sloppy rental boots I'm looking to avoid. The salespeople here are advising strongly against going that high, but a boot fitter I spoke to in UT said 110 or higher would be fine for someone my size.

 

The best feeling boot I've tried on so far is the Salmon Impact 10 CS @ 120 flex. This feels right to me, but of course I haven't skied it and have never owned boots before and have no idea what I'm talking about. :)

 

So my question, of course, is:  is this boot too much for someone skiing at my level? The last thing I want to do is buy a boot that's too advanced for me. That said, I want something that suits me now and that I won't grow out of in 1-2 years.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

 

post #2 of 7

100+ should be fine, but if it is too stiff you can always get it softened, so I think you are on the right track.

 

just keep in mind the difference between fit and flex

 

fit = shape only

 

flex = stiffness.

 

 

going on a ski holiday this winter?  buy boots at the area, from a good boot fitter.  THey can help you a lot more, and can adjust the boots for you, when you are on holiday.

 

If not, and you are buying locally, just make sure that the boots are the right size, and not too big.  If you think they are too tight odds are you are wrong...

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

100+ should be fine, but if it is too stiff you can always get it softened, so I think you are on the right track.

 

 

Dave, thanks for the reply.

 

I ended up ordering the Salmon Impact 10 CS (2009 model). It saved me $200 vs. buying in UT where I'm headed next week. My plan is to bring the boots and get them custom fit with the $200 I saved. I've tried on the 2010 Impact 10 CS in 29.5 and they felt right (I'm a 12.5-13 in US shoe size). I ordered a 29 in the 2009 Impact 10s as that was all that was in stock. From what I understand, this shouldn't present a problem.

 

Worst comes to worse, I get out there and the 29s aren't right for me -- I'll ship them back to the retailer from UT and buy a new pair on the mountain. Hopefully, that's not necessary.

 

I was actually really hoping to find the 2010 Impact 9 CS, but they are almost impossible to find at a fair price. For some reason, the 2009 Impact 10s have the same flex (110) as the 2010 Impact 9s, and the 2010 Impact 10s have been bumped to 120.

 

Even though I tried on the 120 flex Impact 10s, hopefully the 110 flex will still feel good. I'm imagining that when they stiffen up in the cold, the 110 might feel like the 120 did in the store.

 

Wow, I think I'm blathering. :)

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Okay, so the size 29 Impact 10s showed up today.

 

I have to say, after being told by a number of places what a minimal difference the 29.5 vs. 29 would be, it sure isn't seeming that way. The 29.5s gripped my foot nicely, but not too much. These 29s are very tight across the foot, feeling like it is squeezing it and they are also very tight in the calves.

 

Should I be worried about this, or will this quickly pack out and not be an issue?

post #5 of 7

both 29.0 and 29.5 will pack out to be the same.

 

sounds like it should be fine, but only time will tell (or you will tell us in 5-10 days of skiing)

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

both 29.0 and 29.5 will pack out to be the same.

 

sounds like it should be fine, but only time will tell (or you will tell us in 5-10 days of skiing)

 

Glad to hear it, because I just had them on again and man -- what was pure comfort with the 29.5s is foot pain and calf pain with these 29s. Hopefully a few adjustments and some skiing in them will sort it out as you suggest.

 

Snowbird in 2 days, so we'll see soon. ;)
 

post #7 of 7

Dave:

didn't say anything  but I'll take the opportunity.  Your foot may be a 29 but it is unlikely.  I'm 6'2"  ski a 27 and I see many guys my size that ski 27 or even 26.  I sell not many 29 each year.  I can't speak for everyone but we like many shops offer at least some free boot fitting with every boot purchased from us.  If you take the 29 to a shop in Utah and I'll recommend Steve Bagley in Snowbird and it is the wrong size you are out the price of the boot.  If he tries to fit it for you you'll still have no guarantee.  At your level of skiing experience you are better off purchasing the boot from the shop that will do the fitting.

 

Lou

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