This might seem like a strange post to some but I am looking for some advice on getting out of my Lange XT 130s. Some background before the younger set starts howling that I should be in a softer boot. I am in my 70s now, an ex teacher/racer/coach and still ski at a high level. No problem skiing these boots and just love the fit and the way they ski. I also bought the XTs because of the hiking feature and the treaded sole for safety in walking.
So, why the problem? 8 years ago I contracted a rare and horrible muscle disease and lost 40 lbs of muscle in a week which left me quad with a feeding tube. With much help and effort I have made a one of a kind recovery and can ski and do other active things well but the disease permanently destroyed a lot of muscle cells which cannot be regenerated. My lower body came back better (maybe 65%+) than my upper body and arms/hands (maybe only 40-50%).
When the boots are cold is when I just don't have enough hand or arm strength to open them enough to exit the lower shell. Lange's lower shell design is primo but not so easy to get in and out. I have tried different techniques and as long as it is not too cold it is ok. Of course, the obvious solution is go into the lodge and let them warm up but I am still impatient in my old age. If that is the only way then so be it but I thought that some of the boot gurus might have worked with disabled skiers who had a problem getting in and out of their boots and might have a suggestion. I know there are other boots that are easier to get in and out like some Tecnicas but I don't want to switch....maybe the next pair of boots.