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How much flex do you need in your boots?
I haven't really ever posted here although have been reading the forums for a while now.
I've just finished my first season (on Armada AR6/Salomon 3V). It's been awesome fun but I've been using my boots that are a good few years old; old enough that I have no idea anything about them. I am planning on picking up a new pair very soon but my key question is how much flex am I looking for?
At the end of the season the biggest I was going was over 10-12m tables (yeah I know it's little but believe me it's big when you're new to it!) but I've been recommended to go for boots of a flex around 100 for racing, although I believe it should be significantly lower than this for freestyle, my time is probably devoted 75% park 25% piste but I only want to have 1 pair of boots.
So my question is does anybody know what flex rating I should be looking for?
prob around 85-90 if your doing 75 park
you'll def. need your shins to be able to touch your toes.
Just tuck it and huck it yo!
hay josh... what you think the speed is like for that jump there?
Oh that's one is about 3 french fries and a pizza cut.
dont go by flex index. almost every company measures differently. i like my boots pretty flexy, but with really secure and locked in fit. (i also usually end up doing tons of custom work on them tho to get them that way). if your getting a primarly park boot, youll prolly wanna be able to get about 3 inches of flex, but thats a rough number. a boot like the foil is incredibly soft, but still fairly stable laterally, so they still ski fairly well. since your new, your not gonna really be able to pick apart aspects of the preformance, but if you go with a boot that fits and you can comfortably flex the boots a bit, ypu should be good. dalbello kryptons, salomon foils (or next years replacement), nordica superchargers, etc are all popular choices.
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yeah really probably go for fit first, then worry about the flex because alot of boots now are in some way or another able to adjust flex
strange fact, speaking to nordica rep - did you know the nordica supercharger 12 is the EXACT same boot as the beast??
same thickness liner and all - wierd
how much 'flex' you want isincredibly dependent on how your feet and ankles are put together.
How much flex and where comes down to how good a skier your are, and how much dorsiflexion(think pulling your toes up to your shin) you have. If you have limited flexion you don't want a boot that will easily travel through your range of motion and once it does you can't get any response from it. While the opposite may be true for someone with lots of flexibility in the ankle joint. Your best bet is to go to a shop that has a reputation for great boot fitting. They will help you more then anyone on NS can.
Thanks all for your replies.
Problem is over here in England the people who work in the shop know even less than I do, so having a litte guide like what you've all helped put forward is really good.
Anyway, I'll go have a look in a few shops and see what there is and go from there.
Thanks for the help,
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