PurlThanks. I’ve tried to understand the issue (including listening to a lot of buzzed Jonathan Ellsworth chats) to under stand the true dynamic of if there actual is a glossary term to describe the range of motion within the flex before bellowing/collapsing, and if that’s a disclosed and/or published unit of measure by manufactures.
It varies by foot shape and shell shaping understandably but is there a baseline?
Whether it is a 2-piece overlap boot or a 3-piece cabrio boot, all boot flex involves deforming plastic. To my knowledge, there is no term to describe movement before bellowing because there is no movement without bellowing (even a 3-piece boot bellows outward when flexing). Brands don't publish specific/detailed flex data. The closest thing you might see is a flex pattern comparison, but it won't have any meaningful values on it.
There is no agreed upon baseline, standardization, Nm torque value, etc. for ski boot flex. In the late 90s, brands were mainly ranking their boots on a 1-10 scale where 1 was softest and 10 was stiffest. In the early 2000s, Lange added another digit and started the current scale of 130-120-110-etc. which, for some reason, every brand jumped on. Flex indexes are made up numbers that only makes sense within a brand, and even then there are often differences within the brand. The only things you can be sure of as you move from a smaller numbered flex to a bigger one are: 1) the boot is getting stiffer, somehow/somewhere, 2) the boot is usually going to have nicer features, and 3) the boot is getting more expensive. It's honestly more of a hierarchy indicator than anything else.