Do you hate the whole process of buying new ski boots as much as I do? I love buying new skis. That process is pleasurable. You go to a demo day and try out a bunch of skis, go home, do some research and make a decison and get some new boards.
But when in comes to boots, I always feel like I am going to see my proctologist or my dentist for a root canal. All I can imagine is my aging and tender feet getting forced into stiff plastic boots and having them buckled so tight I have to hold back tears as the boot guy says to you, "Stand up and flex them and tell me what you think" I always reply "They hurt like hell, I told you I need at least a 100 mm last and not that 97mm race model"
Last year was year 5 on my current boots Salomon XWave 9.0 and almost 10 years on my custom insole so I am due, way due. As I work p/t in a ski shop I feel obligated to buy through the shop which is ok cause I get good deals. Easy to do for skis, tougher for boots.
Last year our main boot lines were Technica and Nordica. I tried to love the Dragon 120, trying it on several times but just couldn't. Same with the Speed Machine 110 and Hot Rod 95 with the end result of me annoying everyone in the shop because of my obsessing. But none of them felt right. End result was another season on my trusty Xwave's.
Last week I got called back to work at the ski shop and I find that we have added Lange. Hmmmm??? I loved my Lange Mid 5.0's back in the day. I ask the owner to show me the new boots and told him that I really needed to do boots this year. He tells me to try the new Lange RS130. Not bad! Try them on again several days later, still not bad. Maybe I found my boot, I hope so because I really hate this whole boot buying business!!