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Soft Boots for all Around Skiing.
I am going to be getting a new pair of boots real soon for next year, and almost for sure a pair of Nordicas. I was thinkin about possibly getting the soft boots that they make. Has anyone on here had experience skiing outside of the park and stuf with soft boots at all, how do they work. Im going to be riding Mt. Baker next year and I want to be able to do everything. My preference is always been for a softer boot, even when im racing.
Just get a really good pair of regular boots... i got salomon X-Wave 10s... and you can take out the screws to make em much softer... perfect for good skiers who sometimes want a stiff boot and sometimes want a soft boot.
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I would recommend you put the Rossignol SOFT Boots on your list. They are insanely comfortable and, unless you are doing hardcore old fashioned racing, they're more than stiff enough for 90 % of normal human beings skiing needs. There are three models of Rossi Soft boots - the original Soft (Soft I) the Soft 2 and the Soft 3; the Soft 1 is probably (right now at least) the best of the bunch, with the most features and (given the fact that it isn't a very stiff boot) is still the stiffest of the Soft lineup.
The boots sell for $300-400 new in shops but a lot of stores are doing major discounting for end of the season sales. Even better, a bunch of folks have been selling Rossi Soft boots on eBay for prices which are even lower than those the stores are selling them at - so if you know your size (something that's vital), then you can save some money on them.
Of course, it's always better to try stuff out yourself than take someone's opinion about it. If you get the chance, go to some ski shops and try on the Rossi SOFT boot in the right size... and walk around the Store for half an hour.
One other thing: classic old fashioned ski/boot theory says that you should get the tightest possible fit on boots....otherwise they won't be responsive. When I demoed the SOFTS, the first boot fitter I talked to measured me and told me I should be wearing 28/28.5. My normal shoes size is Size 12. I said, sure, took the boots and went out and skiied half a day and then brought them back to the demo shop because they were insanely painful - even though the guy claimed that they were the 'right size' for me. I then demoed the next larger pair - 29/29.5 - which were perfect for me.
Moral of story: make sure you try boots on - and know your skiing style.
A lot of 'good' skiers think Soft boots - whether Rossi or Nordica or someone else - suck because they're not stiff enough for serious skiing. But a small minority of good skiers disagree adamantly with the traditional wisdom that stiff is better. WHo's right? Depends on who you talk to. Get the boot that's right for you.
i have a pair of rossi soft 1 ski boots for sale for 100 bucks. there have been worn 4 times and are in perfect condition, there size 26.5 or 8-9 shoe size, i wear size 10 shoes and have 26,5 boots. for 100 bucks you cant beat this offer
i ski on a pair of salomon xwave 6's and they do me very well and are cheaper than xwave tens and get soft enough flex in the park but still have the stiffness to hold good all mountain--i used to have a pair of lange gx9's don't get those for anything within a mile of the park or your shins will boycott you
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rossi softs are sick, i have them and they are insanley good for jibbing, and you dont notice that they are different for all mountain, also i think they help in moguls
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either get Rossi Soft or get a freestyle type boot. i just got the Lange Concept Jib boots and they're soo nice. i also recommend 1080 boots.
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thanks for all the advie on the rossis, but im 99% sure that im gonna get a nordica. Ive skied them for the past 4 years and they have worked better than anything ive had in the past, and i can get them for 1/4 of the price of retail so...
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