Been in a plug Lange for 7 years- think it is the rl12 shell (WC 160 in the ZA flex) Boot is super precise, but seems to have real short flex. The lateral support on these boots is unbelievable. 92 last which I skied right out of the box (couple of days of tingly feet- but that resolved quickly) save some canting, etc. Anyway, probably have 230 or so days on them-- and they are starting to break down slightly -- rivets, buckles, etc. I put non lace up liners in them when the old ones crapped out, and the fit has never been quite right- some grinding, etc for new hot spots and fit does not seem as secure (odd, as the liner is probably thicker). Skied the flex unmodified for probably 5 years until one of the bolts broke, so I took out the matching bolt on the other boot-- then lost another- and both are gone on each boot. Flex is softer but a little more jarring somehow (should have replaced them and probably had a cut for flex adjustment) . About me- 5'9", 150 lbs- 46 yo, mostly on trail relatively aggressive skier, enjoys bumps when we have them, also enjoy railing groomers etc. -learning to race nastar when my kids do it. I do ski trees and soft snow when available (live in CT so not often there- except when I travel to VT- which I do relatively often). Probably ski 30-40 times a year. Foot length is about 268 or so millimeters long- ski in a 25.5- which in the lange model I am in leaves plenty of toe room- but has never been an issue due to heel and forefoot fit. Tried the 24.5-- but my fitter thought cuff height was off and fit after work would really be more than I would need.
Anyway-- looking for new boots and wouldn't mind something a little warmer, lighter, and softer as I age-- but I still crave the precise fit and response of a properly fitted boot. Tried the lange rs 110 and 130 (thought the 130 liner might be a little more secure) , but still seem too wide, and Head raptor (which would probably have needed some shell work). My question, after all this is - can I simply try and narrow (add pads, etc) to a 97 last shell, or if I really want a tight fit do I need to stay in plugs?
Looking at a pair of older 2011 R2006 rossis if I need to stay in a plug-- ZA soft flex. Any ideas?
Thanks for any thoughts?