I'm wondering what to look at as a replacement for my cracked plug boots. Although I no longer race, I have really enjoyed the precise fit of plug boots and would be sad to give them up. I noticed some fore-aft play and upon further inspection, the spine that is part of the lowers is cracked and affecting flex, which means the boots are finished.
The boots I'm replacing are Lange RL 11 ZB/ZB. I got them when I was no longer racing and the flex is perfect for skiing around the mountain. The fit was a bit difficult, especially in the heel, but I have used them comfortably for the past 3.5 seasons. I picked them up online for very cheap and got them fitted locally.
Before that, when I was still racing and coaching back East, I had 2007 Nordica Dobermann 150s (pre-EDT). I'd say these were more comfortable than my Langes, primarily in the heel. But the flex was too stiff for the skiing I've been doing in Whistler.
A couple questions:
- If I go for another plug boot, is there any reason to avoid going for a model that is a few years old? Have designs changed much since my RL 11s and Dobie 150s? Keep in mind that I'm no longer running gates. I'm just looking for a good performing boot with a precise fit.
- What would I lose by going with a race-inspired non-plug boot?
I know the answer is to go see a bootfitter, but my RL 11s cost me $100 plus bootwork and I would love to do this on a similar budget.
Edited by D(C) - 3/9/14 at 5:28pm