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post #31 of 51

Yes, I'm still using them; I put them away for a while until I got up the nerve to finish making them fit.  I found the performance so good I did wear them for a while with only initial liner work, before making them fit.  Then I found them too uncomfortable so put them aside. After punching out the shells, but not working on the liners, I gave up and put them away again.  Now I'm going to wear them until the shells crack.  Maybe I'll find a pro to refit new liners properly.

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post #32 of 51
Thread Starter 

Careful! It may not be the shell the cracks, it could be your head if the sole comes off and your fall basckwards.

 

Jeffrey Rich C. Ped.

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

post #33 of 51

I used to work at a ski shop in the 1970s and sold but did not ski the Nordica Banana boot. My Technica TNT 10 with foam injected liner lasted for over a thousand days before the shells cracked and were without question my favs.

post #34 of 51

Of course the Technica Agents with custom footbeds I have now. But there was a day:Alpine Meadows Powder day 95.jpgI rolled up my cuff so you could see them (Flexon Comp) better. (when you have a kid, sometimes your own kit gets neglectedbiggrin.gif) I can't recall why I didn't buy another pair, they were sweet, and went into the Technica Icon Carbon for 10 years instead. hmmm.

 

Based on this thread, there must be a lot of boots out there with rounded and beveled soles that don't sit flat on the skis. That's always the point at which I replace. One year I resoled them myself and carved some original stuff into the sole for lugs; I could always spot my tracks...ha!

post #35 of 51

 

 Pfff, Nordica Banana boots indeed, the kings of the era were Lange Banshees.

 

 hopefully have a pair still stored in the ski cupboard in my dads place in NZ.

I told him not to throw out any of the old stuff. Should be a treasure trove of old battered gear, including some leather boots and wood skis with screw on edges.

 

 My new favourite, is 2012 Atomic B120.

 

 Had a pair of Delbello Axion boots, never could like them , so moved back to 2 piece boots.

post #36 of 51

Banana boots were best because they cast a yellow hue on the snow around your boots, particularly when night skiing.

post #37 of 51
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Banana boots were best because they cast a yellow hue on the snow around your boots, particularly when night skiing.



What would happen if you teamed them up with the "pink" bottomed K2 KVC's???

 

A veritable light show!

 

post #38 of 51

I also had the banana boots,  the time period was around when Snowbird opened. big storm. I had Rossignol St Comps with them, I think. the boot hurt but it rocked. I think when that boot came out you could throw away your jetsticksbiggrin.gif

post #39 of 51

Great nostalgia. Loved the Banana boot , never had a pair. Wanted them bad. Thought the leather liner looked superb. Didn't know they were prone to cracking till reading these threads. I've had a lot of boots the last 40 years, really haven't stuck with anything longer than a couple seasons. Always believe something newer might be better. Probably have been wrong more times than not.

 

Need a bit of shell grinding in the heel area and some canting so for the time being I'm staying with the current set up (Head Raptor RS) but I'm thinking the RD shell might provide even a better fit. Hate to be wrong and have to go through getting the boot to fit right though. Somewhere along the line I need to learn to keep well enough alone before plunging into something new in hopes of even a better fit and end up in misery getting the boot to fit right.

post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

I think when that boot came out you could throw away your jetsticksbiggrin.gif

My jetsticks were bolted onto my Lange Comps.  When one of them broke I bought my Bananas and used them with my K2 Winter Heats.  Days of legend.
 

 

post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by drbalance View Post

That boot was really futuristic. In fact it starred in the movie Millennium with Kris Kristofferson in 1989. It did look cool.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com


The Flexons were my favorite alpine boots. Red and gray like davluri's I think.


Edited by telerod15 - 11/16/11 at 5:28pm
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by drbalance View Post

If you wants you boots to last and not crack spray Amoral (if its spelled right) on the plastic weekly and store them like a good bottle of wine...dark, cool place. In a  box works great for darkness.

Jeffrey Rich C. Ped.

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com


Cool and dry. Light can damage the plastic but storage areas tend to be dark, so that's not often a concern. Silica gel in the boot in the box in the dark? Do those little packets help?

post #43 of 51

My favorites were the Merrill Super Ultra

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post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

My jetsticks were bolted onto my Lange Comps.  When one of them broke I bought my Bananas and used them with my K2 Winter Heats.  Days of legend.
 

 



 Jetsticks , now that brings back memories, anyone got photos of some.

 

 Hope mine didn't get thrown out, but I suspect they did.

 

post #45 of 51

Telrod, beat me to the post, good stuff.

post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

Banana boots were best because they cast a yellow hue on the snow around your boots, particularly when night skiing.



What would happen if you teamed them up with the "pink" bottomed K2 KVC's???

 

A veritable light show!

 


Oh, wow man... Far out.

 

post #47 of 51

drbalance,

 

 You would know. What is the latest thought on orthodics? Weighted or Unweighted in fitting? I was axed the other day. (the bleeding has stopped) I got the Unweighted myself.

post #48 of 51
Thread Starter 

 

skimalibu, there are three ways of casting the foot. Supine- your foot in the air also called unweighted.Next is semi weight bearing-this is done sitting and last is weight bearing-done standing up.

 

Supine is too supportive for skiing and for most people even walking. Weight bear is not supportive enough plus it lets the foot splay and collaspe- its a mirror image of an unsupportive foot. My favorite is  semi weight bearing like the Insta-print footbed system that I invented and is sold thru Masterfit Inc. and used by most Americas Best Boot Fitter shops.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C. Ped

http://www.usorthoticcenter.com

 

 

post #49 of 51

I STILL HAVE THREE PAIR...............AND I SKI THEM  STILL  !

 

 - POLSKI -

post #50 of 51

I too loved my Nordica "Bananas" as well as my Grand Prix and Competitions, and I am proud to say as an ex racer I still am amazingly served to this day by my most recent purchase in the 1990's of my NR981's. They still rock on and although the toe area and heel pieces are getting close to dangerous levels of worn (I won't walk in them on anything other than snow) they are my regular gear for Telluride and perform as well as ever, right alongside my now back in style Degre 7 onesies!

post #51 of 51
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

How much gear do we proclaim to be the "Most favorite" or "best ever" and come back to it later only to think to ourselves..."How did we ever ski this for a day let alone for the years that we did?" 


This sounds like me and my 205cm first edition skinny Black Olin MARK 1's.
(Digressing from boots to skis for a minute)..
I skied on those years after they were new,
Loved the appearance with Salomon 444's.
I am taking back in the day with safety straps.
But looking back, those skis I was so fond of were not doing me any favors.
You had to work them to turn.
Ironically, I read a ski test about five years ago where magazine editors and writers took some old school stuff out for fun and the MARK 1's received the highest rating!
Not a single writer had an old school pair of skis to bring and the equipment had to be borrowed from a museum or someplace. That's sad! Really dudes? Not even one pair in your Quiver?!
Note to self: Dust off the MARK' 1's just for fun once again! And yes I still have my Saolmon SX-91's as well!!

-da-cat

Edited by da-cat - 2/18/16 at 2:34pm
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