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Need advice on ski boots. Life after Nordica Grand Prix

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I am thinking maybe it is time to get a new pair of boots.  I have only skied on Nordca Grand Prixs my entire adult life.  My first pair lasted from 1975 to 1993 when they broke in half.  By then they had reintroduced the model with new materials so I bought  them again.  After another 18 years I am thinking of upgrading again but am at a loss as to what to look for.   I tried on Nordica Hell and Back and it was uncomfortable.  Lange RX130 fit great but they seemed way too soft for what I am used to.  That was all my shop had in my size at the top end.  What would you consider the GP's to be flex wise?  140?  150?  

 

I am 185 pounds, 6 feet former racer that still skies fast all over the mountain.  Several pairs of skis; fat, slalom, race carve.   Any advice?  I guess I could just keep the GP's till they break in half LOL.

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Dalbello Scorpion SR150 World Cup or maybe even the Dalbello Krypton Pro ID?  The Scorpion is a 2 piece boot while the Krypton Pro is a 3 piece.

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First, ignore the flex number painted on the boot. There is no standard so the number is more or less arbitrary and all brands are different even though they use the same number. What flex your GP's were would depend upon whether you had a retail version or a real race boot. The retail versions would be similar to the stiffer retail boots of today. The real race version would be somewhat stiffer to a lot stiffer depending on what version you had. They were generally marked as "Xsoft, Soft, Med or Hard" but those are by world cup standards not retail standards. The most common was "soft".

 

Langes are quite a bit stiffer at skiing temps than at room temp but if you like the the fit of the RX 130 but think it's too soft then an RS 140 would be a logical choice. Realistically though the closest feel to what you had is a current Nordica Dobermann. They come in different flexes and different fits but good place to start would be the Dobie Pro 130. It is a medium fit as race boots go and is one of the stiffer boots with the number 130 painted on the side.

 

SJ

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Thanks guys.  I will have a look at those.

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I went from a Grand Prix (probably purchased about '93 as well) to a Lange Banshee.  The Lange is a more "freestyle" boot and I couldn't be happier.  In the Nordica, I spent the first few days of every season in serious pain, popping every sort of  pill imagineable to dull the pain.  The Lange's have had a bit of work on them (don't they all), but not too much and I'm happy.  I don't really long for any more from them, and I don't even have to unbuckle at lunch.

 

I may look into the Vacuum boots or something similar when it comes time to retire my current boots, but for now, I'm good with them.

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