A few days ago, I published a thread titled "Very Painful." I wanted to add this as an update to that thread, but it appears that I don't have that option, so here I am.
After further research, I'm considering purchasing a pair of 2012 Lange RX 130 boots, or driving up to the Strolz store in New Hampshire to purchase custom boots. The Lange with a custom footbed will cost me about $600, while the Strolz will cost about $1200.
Yesterday, after trying on 4-5 boots, I tried on the Lange RX 130 for about 15 minutes. They felt the best, as in tightest heal/most responsive, most comfort (though I'm still not sure if they're comfortable for me), and lightest. I'm planning to go back today and wear them for about an hour to get a better gauge of how how well they fit me. Almost everything I've read on Epicski with regard to the Lange RX 130 has been very positive.
My dilemma is that I'm worried about spending $600 and the Lange boots not working out. In that case, if the Strolz really are 100% custom, then they should definitely work for me (correct?), and I'd rather spend $1200 on something that works well than $600 on something that doesn't work well.
I am hoping to garner advice about which direction I should go in. Based on the information above and below, would you recommend going with Lange, or spending the time, effort, and money on Strolz?
I'm a 27-year-old intermediate skier from Washington DC. 5'8" 205lbs.
Due to a significant bend in my fibula and/or tibia, there is a curvature in my lower left leg (shin area). I'm not sure of the exact difference, but it seems that my left shin is approximately an entire 1/2 inch wider than my right. This bend in my left leg also causes my right leg to be about 1/2 inch longer than my left, so I wear a 1/2 inch heel lift in my left shoe. It doesn't help that there is almost no arch in my left foot.
The irregularities in my left leg and left foot have caused considerable pain in my left foot while wearing my ski boots (my current boots are Tecnica, with an 80 flex). A few weeks ago while at Snowshoe, I used my Tecnica boots for the first time; my left foot went almost completely numb, nearly turned purple, and I had to massage it back to life for about ten minutes. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to ski in those boots, but luckily I found a boot fitter at Snowshoe who made adjustments that made them safely usable. Even with the adjustments, the following day I had to remove them for about 15 minutes, and then continually unbuckle and buckle them between runs. Last week at Whitetail, my right boot was satisfactory (third use = more broken in), but I still experienced significant problems with the left boot. Between each of the 14 runs I completed, I had to unbuckle and re-buckle the left boot; and between about 4 runs, I had to remove it.
Even though I've only skied about 15 times, I've been skiing mostly black diamonds for the past 2 seasons (albeit, Mid-Atlantic black diamonds), and am planning to ski more often and travel farther for skiing (VT, CO, UT, CA), thus I would like to have a more responsive boot.
Edited by dposki - 2/9/12 at 1:47am