ill start by asking some questions, then giving the details about me in case you guys need more info
What are the symptoms of a to stiff of boot? mainly in the powder? is there any good reason not to go with a 130? a 150 is tempting for the groomed, but again I'm worried about getting something to stiff to be able to have fun in the deep stuff. (can you really have to stiff a boot on the groomed/hard?)
How easy is it to make a boot more flexy? can that 150/130 be ground/modified to make it feel like a 120/100? you know if i find it unbearably stiff
is there a good reason to go with this years model, over the overstock from a few year ago?
other then heat, is there a good reason to go with a larger volume fit for powder skiing? or is a comfortable low volume fit going to be better everywhere? (sept maybe the park?)
About me (feel free to skip this part)
so i live in Seattle WA, and found a pretty good ski shop to do some boot work, however they (and any shop within 100miles) don't have any shell's in my size... (hooked my better half up with a great fit though!)
my foot is 260mm long and 102 mm wide, and so a 25 shell is to big(~20mm), and a 23 is to small(about 2mm room) (a salmon falcon, lange RX,120 in the 25, and a lange RX100 in the 23) so they suggested a last of 95-98mm in a 24
they can order me in a new boot OR i can grab some over stock from a few years back for 1/5 the price... if I'm stuck with um, at least they'd be cheap
I'm a pretty aggressive skier,but i don't race, cause the gates are to close together... i like to go fast, we take a radar gun and GPS spedo's with us, we rarely ski less then 35-40mph, and have a confirmed 55mph on slow day and have gone faster (no speedo though)
however also like to ski the powder! but I'm more of a faster smother type, only a few turns, like to do 10-20' drops and airs, tress are fun(but slow)! i don't like bumps, ill ski um, and i can do um alright... but id rather not ski um.... ever.... while i like to strait air some park jumps, i WILL NOT do trick!
I'm 5' 9" and 160 lbs (i put on some weight this year!)
for the hard stuff i would love a stiff race type boot! but Ive seen mixed thoughts of this in the powder... the boots that the shop suggested for my feet (plus some pressing/grinding if needed) the lange RS110 or 130 , or the cheaper option, Technica diablo race H22,H17,H13 (150 130 110 stiff) or race pro 130 (this boot doesn't need the rivets punched, or the sole ground like the H model's) the later are new 07 models that are ~$100 (over stock) while the langes are this years.
i know i can over flex my current falcon 9's with a power wrap intuition linear(the boot's supposed to be a 90 flex, like that means anything...) (i get that overly aggressive tip digging turn if i start having fun) but I'm not familiar, nor have enough experience with the powder to know the symptoms there.
sorry for that book of info, and if something doesnt make sense... its late and i kinda just puked out my thoughts. Also a big thanks in advance!
EDIT: i messed up my foot measurement, cause i was tired at the time of writing
Edited by Saber63 - 12/21/10 at 12:36pm