1. kaunosario

    kaunosario Booting up Skier

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    I'm 6'5", 195 lbs and a solid intermediate skier, who spends 90% of his time on groomers. Do you think that a Salomon X Max 120 is too much flex for me?
     
  2. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator

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    Do you mean too soft or too stiff? Others will chime in with much more knowledge than me but, at 5' 10" and 220#, I can fold most 120 flex boots. And 130s. A lot depends on how much flex you have in your ankle. I have a lot. I'm a strong intermediate and am looking at moving to a stiffer boot than the Technica Cochise 130s I'm in now. Even though you are lighter you have a longer lever from your knees down.

    Now I defer to the professionals!:wave:
     
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  3. Blue Streak

    Blue Streak Behind the Epic Curtain Skier

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    Probably not. If anything, a softer boot puts a premium on feel at the snow (where it matters), as well as balance.
    A lot of REALLY good skiers ski soft boots.
     
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    kaunosario

    kaunosario Booting up Skier

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    Sorry, I meant whether or not 120 flex is too stiff for me.
     
  5. Near Nyquist

    Near Nyquist At the edge of instability Skier

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    At 6-5 I will assume your tibia is pretty long, depending on ankle dorsiflection you may indeed crush the solly XMAX 120 which is actual a pretty soft flexing boot.

    Have you been to a real boot fitter lately ?
     


  6. n black

    n black Booting up Skier

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    Just as a guess, probably not.

    That said, it's a very individual thing. I grew up in the racing world (small hills & ice was my home), and always looked to go stiff. By the end, as have many who went down this path, I was in plugs of whatever stiffness they came out to be after all the grinding was done - hard to give them a particular number but certainly stout, for sure.

    These days, with my racing days long behind me, I'm in a 120 flex boot and am super happy for it. I like a flexier boot for the most part.
     
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  7. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    It would surprise me if 120 flex was too stiff for you, but it's a personal thing.
     
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    kaunosario Booting up Skier

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    I'm so happy to have found pugski.com. These forums are just great. Thanks for all the prompt advice.
     
  9. Andy Mink

    Andy Mink I am a half fast skier. Moderator

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    There will be more as people get off work!:beercheer:
     
  10. Guy in Shorts

    Guy in Shorts Tree Psycho Skier

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    My guess is that you my have found your boot. Enjoy
     
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    kaunosario Booting up Skier

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    Related question. The boot fitter recommended that I should also get custom molded footbeds for around $100. Are those worth the cost?
     
  12. François Pugh

    François Pugh Out on the slopes Skier

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    Yes.
     
  13. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

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    And yes again...mine were $200 by the way...
     
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  14. Near Nyquist

    Near Nyquist At the edge of instability Skier

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    We charge 100 - 200
    And yeah
    We wanna stabilize your foot in the shell
    So it's necessary item to ensure proper fit
     
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  15. LiquidFeet

    LiquidFeet Out on the slopes Instructor

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    Another yes.
     
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  16. Josh Matta

    Josh Matta Making fresh tracks Instructor

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    the only correct flex on a boot is none.
     
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  17. Tony S

    Tony S aka qcanoe Skier

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    Josh is back.
     
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  18. Rod9301

    Rod9301 Getting off the lift Skier

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    The boot gets flexed by the centrifugal force in a turn, not by flexing the ankles.
     
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  19. Ken_R

    Ken_R Living the Dream Skier

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    No, definitely not.

    I would look into 120-130 flex boots. Get one that fits the best. You are quite tall so consider cuff height as well.

    Think something simple like a Lange RX or RS 130. The Atomic Hawx Ultra 130 S is also a great lightweight option.

    Again, its all about fit.
     
  20. Uncle-A

    Uncle-A In the words of Paul Simon "You can call me Al" Skier

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    Most would say yes , but it depends on your feet. If you have any issues with your feet than do it. If no issues it seems like an added expense that may not be needed. The OEM foot bed may be OK or an OTC foot bed could be enough.
     
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