A little background: Last year, I returned to the sport of skiing after an 18 year absence. I went on a week long trip to Snowmass, CO. This was my first time on shaped skis and I demoed skis for the week. First day I tried a pair of Volkl AC30's, ending up on K2 Apaches, which I liked, for the rest of the trip. Skied all over the mountain, mostly on groomers but had some front side powder experiences too. I brought my old Lange rear entry boots, bought new in 87-88 and still in good shape, as I knew them to be comfortable, (heated). I really didn't want to spring for new boots just yet.
I was a solid intermediate skier prior to this trip and it didn't take me long to get back in the groove on the new skis. First time up the mountain, I had a bit of apprehension due to my long time away from the sport. Shortly thereafter, I'm wondering why I had ever stopped skiing. Anyway, I'm recommitted to skiing again and plan to do it the rest of my life. This year we are headed out to Whistler Blackcomb. I'll demo skis again on this trip but figure it's about time to pony up for new boots to match shaped skis.
I'm about to spring for a pair of 2011 Lange Blaster 80's. I tried them on at the shop and wore them for maybe 1/2 to 1 hr. No lift in the heal and the toe pocket seems comfortable. This shop is a recognized fitter and they want me to ski them locally before my trip to make sure if any adjustments need to be made.
I've never had boots custom fitted before, or had custom foot beds made. The last day of skiing in the old Langes, I developed a blister on my right inside ankle, (we skied a ton of verticle that day). I recall reading something about "pronation" that supposedly affects 80% of people, that custom foot beds can address? I'm 6'1" and weigh 205lbs. Will the Blaster 80's serve me well? They seemed comfortable in the store but I'm wondering about the flex., too light for my weight/ability, or about right? Can anyone explain the difference in the way new design boots interact with the skis vs. old designs. My old boots had contact all along the bottom, whereas the new boots only contact at the heel and toe. Any suggestions and insight would be welcome. Thank you for your time.
Edited by Reski - 1/24/11 at 4:00pm