|Originally posted by shortnugly:
Just picked up a pair of Lange Banshee XX at our local Gart's Sports in Reno, Nv. $170 plus tax.
I think this is a pretty good deal. The boots feel pretty stiff. Haven't ski'd them yet.
Don't know if I'll keep them. I was really after the Salomon Evolution 8.0's.
How would these compare as far as performance?
I'm trying to find out any info on these boots.
Anybody know anything or seen any reviews?
S & U:
I've been skiing with the Banshee XR since 1997. With the 97-98 model year, Lange introduced the Banshee X Zero, which increased the volume of the last which they called ACD (Anatomic Comfort Design). The Banshee was marketed towards agressive intermediates - expert level skiers. Its marketing schtick was the translucent green polyether shell. I can't remember if the polyether was supposed to make the boot comparatively stiffer or softer!
I don't know anything about the XX though.
I've been very satisfied with my Banshees. Prior to the Banshees, I was using very soft rear-entry Salomon beginner boots. The fit and tightness of the Banshees made a world of difference in my skiing. Although they may be considered old now, I doubt if any of the newer and much more expensive boots have changed or improved enough to necessitate buying new ones. They perform fine!
I think your main consideration should be how well the boot fits your foot and calf; secondary consideration to bells & whistles and marketing schtick.