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when is the time for new boots ?

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I have Lange RS 130 , (love the boot) put about 70 days a season on them, the boot feels fine, I usually get a new pair every 2 years, but this pair feels pretty good so far. I do not like to get new boots unless I feel I need them, because they are a real pain in the but to zero in. I heard 150 days is usually about it. But I am not sure if that is true. Just because my boot is comfortable doesn't necessarily mean that I am getting top performance from them. I am an all mountain skier, and that is the type of boot I like. I'm not sure if the liner would wear first, or the shell get fatigued  first. If it is the liner first, I don't think it would be worth it just to purchase the liner, for that cost you would not be that far from a new boot. (cost wise).

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Just my humble opinion:

When the shells crack (cracks in the shell prevent you from applying high forces to the snow without contortions), it's time to buy new boots.

 

When your foot can move inside the boot without affecting your skis, it's time to buy new (custom foam in my more specific, but still humble opinion ) liners, and get the boots re-fitted by a professional boot fitter, broken in and then dialled in by said boot fitter.

post #3 of 7

I echo the OP pretty closely (similar boots, lots of days, time consuming & expensive to dial in new ones).  I have about 100 days this past season on my RS 130's & they will definitely get me through next season.  I have been a Lange guy for many decades, mostly in plug boots.  During the 90's I had a pair of the purple "Tomba" boots that I think probably had 6 or 7 hundred days on them.  They seemed fine until I got new ones on.  The difference in responsiveness was remarkable.  In recent times I have gone as much as 300 days, about 2 seasons & it still seems like that is over doing it.  My conclusion is that 200-250 days is max.

 

JF

post #4 of 7

Oh, & for me it seems the liner & shell wear about evenly.  Sometimes with new boots I will put the old liners in the new shells for a few days & new liners in the old shells for a few days during the break in period.  Seems to make the transition a bit easier.

 

JF

post #5 of 7

I got well over a 1000 days on a pair of Tecnica TNT Explosive 10 boots (not the 8) before the shell cracked. These were a very stiff boot and of course I had the heel and toe sole pieces replaced along the way. They were two part foam injection liners that are still good but don't fit my current Dalbello boots.

post #6 of 7

Be smart and safe at the same time. put another 70 days on them and buy another pair next season. they will last 3 years total. although i will only use my new pair 2 years. maybe one.

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I echo the OP pretty closely (similar boots, lots of days, time consuming & expensive to dial in new ones).  I have about 100 days this past season on my RS 130's & they will definitely get me through next season.  I have been a Lange guy for many decades, mostly in plug boots.  During the 90's I had a pair of the purple "Tomba" boots that I think probably had 6 or 7 hundred days on them.  They seemed fine until I got new ones on.  The difference in responsiveness was remarkable.  In recent times I have gone as much as 300 days, about 2 seasons & it still seems like that is over doing it.  My conclusion is that 200-250 days is max.

 

JF

 

The part in red.  It's like trying to notice grass grow while watching it.  This also talks to how much we start adapting our skiing without even realizing we're doing it.  I think after boots are finally tuned in, you tend to tune them out so when they pack out, the process has been so slow, you just make adjustments.  You don't think anything is wrong because you haven't noticed it and you probably won't until you try something different.

 

I think that with much of today's products, the boot shell will last longer than previously and replacement liners are readily available, so if the shell is in good condition, replace the liner.  I have just over 200 days on mine and plan on getting another pair, but it is mostly because I don't think the boots are right for me and there is something better out there.  I am hoping to be able to move my Intuition liner over to it or at least have it for crazy cold days.

 

SkiSafe,

What?  You seem to be contradicting yourself.

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