- Jan 26, 2011
- Wasatch Back
Oh really? Did they happen to mention that FIS has changed the rules this year and racers will be demanding far more from their boots than they did last year since they're on longer, straighter skis with a much larger radius? So, you can either believe the race community about the advantages of boot stiffness and forward lean or you can believe the boot manufacturers that are catering to the general public who all think they're "aggressive" skiers.
I haven't seen anyone in this thread debating stiffness.
But I also dont think it's useful to compare FIS equipment with recreational ski equipment. That's a bit like comparing the stock Toyota Camry on the highway with the Toyota Camry stock car at the Daytona 500 - radically different things.
The point of my OP wasn't whether forward lean is good or not, it is whether I might have too much in these boots. While it seems that I am in A1 on these boots as opposed to A2 in the old pair, if I were to intentionally lean far forward in these boots like a ski jumper, I feel like I would tip over. My non boot expert thinking is that's probably not good/correct.
Also, if the boot manufacturers are catering to a general public that wants to think they're "aggressive skiers" like you're suggesting, wouldnt they be building more and more boot models that have the forward leaning of a serious race boot? The trend I've been reading about in non-race boots, (i.e. boots for 99% of people) is exactly the opposite, that they seem to be building them with angle degrees more upright the last few years than they have in the past.
Honestly, from the diagram you posted I could ski in the A row or the C row without too much trouble. If your "decently advanced boot" falls in the B row, I would never return to the shop that suggested such a boot. But that's just me ...
When I look at that C row, it seems to me the skier is default placed into the backseat based on the spine angle and balance point resultant from the lean being so severe. Not as bad as row B where there's a "reverse lean", but I wouldnt want to have to ski like the C row either.