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Just as ski racing has its favorite manufacturers of racing skis, there are also a few darlings among those that design racing ski boots. Among all ski racing boot manufacturers, you will find one common trait: In order to transmit energy to the ski, racing boots must be laterally stiff and usually have a flex index from 100 to 130 (150 on the world cup level).
Keep in mind that while professional ski racers have developed enough strength in their feet and ankles to flex these stiff boots, this type of strength is not typical of the average recreational skier. However, if you feel a compelling need for speed, and want to satisfy that need on the race course, go to Skis.com for the best racing boots from Lange, Atomic and Tecnica.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|