> I'm buying boots in the next few days and am confused whether to get all
> out stiffness or a softer boots. I'm looking at the Nordica GPV which is
> quite stuff and the Raichle Flexon Comp Equipe which is softer but has
> laterall stiffness I guess. I usualy ski moguls, poweder when its there
> (off piste) and the steeps and the occasion hard pack groom cruiser.
> Do I want the all out stiffness. I'm confused. Any help would be
laterally. I've skied Raichles and can't say enough good things about
them. The Ceramic Liner is about the best stock liner you can get for
performance fit providing it fits your foot. Their flexon design has
stood the test of time.
Until this year I was skiing in Raichle Comp Slaloms. I wish that I had
gotten one model softer as these boots weren't as pleasant in the bumps
as my Raichle 9.9's had been. Raichles have always given me the ability
to really get to an edge and ride the ski.
This year I bought a pair of Salomon Peforma 9.0 Equipes. These too are
excellent boots, probably the equal of the Raichles. Not too soft, not
too stiff, but laterally VERY responsive. Liners in the Salomons seem
well thought out. The "Human Print" liners seem to mold very well to the
feet, seem warm enough and are comfortable to wear all day.
The other boot that we see a lot of on our ski school is Tecnica. I had
a pair a couple years ago and really liked them. My best friend has a
pair of TCR's with injected liners. He says he likes them. They fit him
better than his old Raichle 9.9's, but his performance is no different
in either boot. TCR's or TNT Explosion 8's or TNS's look like good
choices in the Tecnica line.
Though I know several people that ski Nordica's, somehow these boots
don't tend to impress me. The guys that bought the stiff Nordica's look
less fluid than those on softer models. We don't see very many around
our ski school. The guys that are skiing them say they're OK, but don't
necessarily rave about them. *This is only my impression and not fact.*
I have not skied Nordica since 1986.
One last personal opinion... As a ski instructor of 19 years I see a lot
of skiers. The BIGGEST equimpent buying error I see the general public
make is buying too stiff of a boot. I find very few situations where I
need that much forward stiffness that only a race type boot will
provide. Additionally, the newer skis will use less forward pressure
than conventional skis.
Now to speak out of both sides of my mouth, Nordica has a reputation of
building good boots. They've been in business long before I started
skiing so they must be doing something right. Your won't go wrong as
long as you don't overestimate your level/ability and overboot.
Hope this helps.
PSIA Level III Certified Instructor