Gear Question: Boot Flex


Comparing the stiffness of one boot to another is an inexact science, and there's no definitive scale. Most companies have their own flex scales, and while sometimes they're roughly comparable — Nordica's Dobermann Pro 130, for instance, is a notch stiffer than the Lange Comp 120 — more often they aren't. The only reliable way to gauge a boot's flex is to try it on. If you want to compare models, try one on each foot. And remember, what feels too soft in a warm ski shop might be perfect in cold weather.