Okay, here's my ancient-boot story:
27 years ago, in December 1984 (I remember which ski trip, and what date), I replaced my Caber boots with a new pair of Tecnica something-or-others. (I think they were black?). But apparently Tecnica had a manufacturing defect that year, and pieces of the toe and heel plastic kept chipping out. The factory filled the cracked-out bits a couple times (with urethane, I think?) over a span of a few years. Eventually, they admitted to the manufacturing defect, and gave me a replacement pair of orange TX boots. I'm guessing that was around 1989? But I'm not sure. I've been skiing that pair of orange TX boots ever since, for around 20 years, always waiting for them to fail so I could justify buying new boots. They've always fit me perfectly. I buckle them tight in the morning, and then keep 'em cinched up all day.
Well, 2 days ago, they *finally* failed. You can perhaps see the crack in the right boot, starting just to the right of the "A" in TECNICA, going up almost to the cuff. So yesterday I tried on a *ton* of boots, then demoed a pair of Head Vector 120's. I loved 'em, so I bought a brand new pair.
So, can anyone tell me the year of my beloved Tecnica TX's, shown below? (And perhaps some sort of display case that I can enshrine them in?)