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Orthopedic Problems = Lange RX 130 or Strolz?

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Thread Starter 

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? 

 

Background Info
I'm a 27-year-old intermediate skier from Washington DC. 5'8" 205lbs. 
 
Orthopedic Problems
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.
 
Additionally
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
post #2 of 9

hey ur problems arent that bad if you see a good boot fitter. Call Nick Blaylock, he's at Mt. Snow 802 558 7880 he's a great boot fitter and thinks out of the box. Or come see me. We both teach, live and breathe boot fitting and alignment. Either way you present boots just may need some good old fashion boot work along with a stance balance.

 

Jeffrey Rich C. Ped.

www.usorthoticcenter.com

post #3 of 9

my money would be on a good boot fitter and possibly the lange rather than anything else...sure the strolz might work but it has just about as much chance of not working as the Lange, the key is who is doing the work not what boot it is

post #4 of 9
Go see Brian Eardley at Ski Center.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
 
Thank you all for your advice.
 
Jeff-  hoping to get in touch with you today.
 
Update
Last night, I went back to the shop to try on the Lange RX 130 again, this time for an extended period. Mostly walking and flexing, but some sitting.
 
Round 1: About 20 minutes. My left foot began to feel numb at around 12 minutes, then started to feel UNcomfortably numb (reference) and in medium pain near 20 minutes. Right foot seems fine for a new boot.
 
     Boots and socks off for about 3 minutes.
 
Round 2: About 12 minutes. At about 5 minutes, left foot was numb and in medium pain again. Right foot still fine.
 
     Boots and socks off for about 3 minutes, during which time I also replaced my Smartwool medium weight ski socks with a pair of Thorlos ultra thin that I picked from the shop on the spot.
 
Round 3: About 15 minutes. Left foot about the same as in rounds 1 and 2, except a tad bit more wiggle room for the toes. Right foot definitely felt more comfortable with the thinner sock; I'll probably use ultra thin socks from now on. 
 
When my left foot goes numb/feels in pain, it's almost all in the front inner quadrant of my foot. Top, arch to toe, and beneath the arch to toe area. My estimate is this problem is a result of my left foot having almost no arch. What I'm wondering is perhaps these boots would be perfect for me with a custom foot bed, or a footbed that provides (forces?) me an arch.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Jeff, and GrizzledVeteran-

 

Thank you both for the recommendation. I have an appointment with Brian for next week. 

post #7 of 9

dposki

I sent u the insole withth wedge yesterday...make sre you try the boots with this. you should have it by tuesday or weds. the latetest.

 

Good luck...

jeff

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Originally Posted by dposki View Post

Jeff, and GrizzledVeteran-

Thank you both for the recommendation. I have an appointment with Brian for next week. 

Any time.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Jeff- Thanks so much. I moved my appointment with Brian from Monday to Wednesday so that I can take the wedge over there. 
 

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Originally Posted by drbalance View Post

dposki

I sent u the insole withth wedge yesterday...make sre you try the boots with this. you should have it by tuesday or weds. the latetest.

 

Good luck...

jeff



 

 
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