Should I stay in my current Lange Banshees, switch to Worldcup 120s, or do something else (like replace the liner of the Banshees)?
I have been happy in my Lange Banshees with stock liner and custom footbeds for about 175 days of skiing between March '09 and May '11, but after reading Skiing-in-Jackson's sock thread, I am wondering if it is time to make a change.
In addition to the Banshees, I also own an unused pair of World Cup 120s- the crazy blue from a few year back.
Jeff Bergeron in Breck evaluated my feet in the fall of 2008 and did my footbeds. He told me that the shells were both RX 11 for these two boots, which he thought was the only option for my long feet (13.5 US/30.5 mondo). I got good deals on both and ended up buying the Banshees (flex marked at 125) after the 120s as I liked a few of the "Freeride" features which included shock absorbing boot board & tongue, and non-slip soles.
They both have 343 BSLs, but the stock liner in the 120s is a bit shorter. When I intially tried them on, the Banshees felt snug, but comfortable while the 120s felt too tight on one of my feet. I attributed this mostly to the different liners (the 120s have a neoprene like material in the toes and feels shorter/tighter in this area. The 120s also felt tighter in the cuff (not a problem) and seemed to barely need to be buckled.
Now the difference between the two boots is even more noticeable as the Banshees have packed out some, but I still consider them reasonable (if not quite as snug) to ski, comfortable and in good shape (in terms of soles, etc).
I don't have the 120s available as I type this, but know that I at one time considered the possibility of switching boot boards, but can't recall which direction. At this point I certainly like the idea of the shock absorbing boot boards in the Banshees as I am coming off a major meniscus repair as part of my 2nd ACL surgery. The first one saw a meniscus trim, so I guess I am of the mindset that I would rather do a bit to cushion the knees even if it means a bit less power transferred to my edges. The Banshee boot board has a hole in it where the male part of the shell fits while the 120 boot board either didn't have this at all (or was on the other side).
Edited by MEfree30 - 1/22/12 at 7:50am