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Are Lange RS 130 Junk?

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I have been in a pair of RS 130 bought at the beginning of 2011 and have maybe 40-50 days in them. Other than the cold and some leaking (prior to this year's expert tape job), I love the boots.

Reason I ask if they are junk is that this year, the screw holding the Power Strap fell out randomly and this past weekend, one of the screws holding the cuff to the bottom of the shell was nowhere to be found. Must have come off after I took the boots off at the end of the day. I realize that if not attached permanently, there is always the possibility of something unscrewing. And getting both remedied is not big deal. But in my 40 years of skiing including 100+ one year (1992/1993) in my beloved Tecnica TNS , I have never seen this happen. Anyone??
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Originally Posted by patronsilver View Post

I have been in a pair of RS 130 bought at the beginning of 2011 and have maybe 40-50 days in them. Other than the cold and some leaking (prior to this year's expert tape job), I love the boots.

Reason I ask if they are junk is that this year, the screw holding the Power Strap fell out randomly and this past weekend, one of the screws holding the cuff to the bottom of the shell was nowhere to be found. Must have come off after I took the boots off at the end of the day. I realize that if not attached permanently, there is always the possibility of something unscrewing. And getting both remedied is not big deal. But in my 40 years of skiing including 100+ one year (1992/1993) in my beloved Tecnica TNS , I have never seen this happen. Anyone??

Loctite!

post #3 of 7

Hmmm. Are you asking a question, or frustrated? I get the frustration. A'man's solution is the right one. Loctite works. 

 

My daughter's a former NCAA racer, and she moved out of a plug boot into a RS 130, with a foam aftermarket liner last season. She was formerly a comp'd Lange athlete, with a couple of new pairs of plugs each season. Too tight to have a lot of pleasurable post race skiing! She's got about 150 days on the RS130's. Her boot guy put Loctite on all of the screws once she was fitted in. Zero issues. I'm now in a RX130, again with a foam liner, and once I was dialed in, and was sure of it {I have more issues} added Loctite, and no issues. 

 

Between my kids, the other of whom has been in a Nordica to Tecnica Dobermann {same boot}, and my experience with other boots, I've ALWAYS kept the right sized allen wrenches nearby, and a tube of Loctite in the box….as do most boot techs. I don't think it's a Lange issue, by any means. 

 

And, no the RS 130 isn't junk, IMO and experience. Boot fits a lot of people, works well with it's geometry and solid sole, easy to find and replace buckles, etc. Good boot. 

 

As A'man says, Loctite. And the right sized allen wrench. Buy a long one at a bike shop or Sears. 

post #4 of 7
My Lange rs130's have probably 300 days in them. The liners are completely toast, but everything is still there. Skis great. I don't know if my boot guy loctited the bolts or not though.

Now, if somebody could invent a micro-adjust buckle that doesn't seize up periodically, that would be great.
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x2 for Loctite and replace the Velcro with a Booster Strap. You'll be glad you did. My RX120's have had that from day one. The boot feels like its part of my leg, not something attached to my leg. I have about 95 day's in them, Dec 2013.

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In the last 2-3 weeks I lost an upper cuff screw and one of those clips that the buckles latch onto (even after tightening them down not too long ago).  I think loctite is needed.

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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

Now, if somebody could invent a micro-adjust buckle that doesn't seize up periodically, that would be great.

 

You're a roadie, yeh?   Use seatpost grease.

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