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Lange XT 120 vs. Lange RS 110

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So today I was at my local boot fitter.  Here in Michigan most of my local shops don't have a ton of inventory.  My boots I am in now are a size to small.  My foot has grown over the past 3 years since getting them and I also think the last person I used as my boot fitter stuck me in boots too small anyways.  So I am 46 years old and an Advanced skier.   I tried on the RS 110's and they felt great pretty much out of the box.  My left foot is a 1/2 size bigger than my right.  My right is perfect but the left he is going to need to grind down my footbed just a tad to get a little pinching away from the top of my foot.  I also tried on the Technica Mach 1's and though they felt like slippers and they were ultra comfortable the heel cup was way to sloppy and my heel when flexing forward was sliding up.

 

So they didn't have any XT's in stock but he ordered me the XT 120 because I feel that is the boot I want.  I am coming from the Nordica Hell and Back and I really liked the hike mode for when I do boot pack hikes out west and just for walking around the lodge.  So anyone with any experience with either the XT 120 or RS 110 I'd appreciate your pro's and con's.  I am sure there are not many people who have actually skied both because boot demoing is pretty much non existent.  Just like feedback both positive and negative on both the RS 110 and the XT 120.  I know once he gets the XT 120  in and I can do a direct comparison between the XT 120 and RS 110 with them on in the shop it will make my decision easier but would just like some info before they show up next week.

 

Thanks,

 

Chuck


Edited by procos - 1/7/15 at 11:09pm
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from age 43 to age 46 and you are still growing? i am very impressed.

 

i must have stopped growing in my 40's cause of the coffee and cigars.;)

 

but seriously, your feet are not growing in your 40's. your feet may be changing, but they are not growing. find another boot fitter. that can assess your foot and recommend the best model and size. also it's time for a review of your footbed. and your ankles range of motion.

 

jim

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Jim,

Well the guy I am working with now is not the same boot fitter that put me in a size to small.  I don't trust the last guy I used and that is why I changed and went to this new fitter.  And maybe I misspoke when I said growing because the boot fitter I am with now did say my feet might be changing, he didn't say growing.  Also your feet can get longer as you get older.  They flatten out and that adds some length to them.  My footbed is perfect.  The boot fitter I worked with yesterday checked it out and saw no problem with it.  I just had it made 2 springs ago at Sure Foot out in Park City.  I trust those guys at Sure Foot and I trust my new boot fitter.  He has been doing this for 20+ years and really knows his stuff.  I think the last guy I used didn't know nearly as much as he thought.  Either way do you have any input into the pro's and con's of either boot?

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can you show us with a photo what your foot measures on the brannock device in a semi weighted position, tell us what your boot fitters assessment was of your ankles range of motion, and what is the assessed size of your semi weighted arch(low, medium, high), and is the arch high or low in terms of flexibility? maybe a photo of your footbeds from the rear and the side as well.

 

based on what you have posted so far, it is really difficult to guide you on your boot choice. flip a coin or go with your favorite color, cause you have not given us enough of the necessary information to help you.

 

it looks to me like you are going to buy this boot one size too large. how do I know? to quote you "I tried on the RS 110's and they felt great pretty much out of the box" no correct fitting boot feels that good on first try on. and the second smoking gun of being oversized is your quote" I also tried on the Technica Mach 1's and though they felt like slippers and they were ultra comfortable the heel cup was way to sloppy and my heel when flexing forward was sliding up".the tecnica mach 1 has one of the best grips in the heel based on new liner technology. if you have the slipper fit in the shop = wrong size boot. there are 2 reasons your foot could be slipping in the heel. one is the boot is too large for your foot, the other is lack of flexibility in the ankle joint.

 

i suspect that the footbed you have was made fully weighted, and is not a good representation of what your foot looks like when your heel bone is captured in a neutral position and the arch gently/comfortably supported so your foot is going to be shorter/narrower and better balanced.

 

good luck in your boot quest, it is a very complicated purchase to get correct.

 

jim

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Thanks for the reply Jim.

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