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.